What is the role of a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in treating persons with mental health conditions. After a thorough evaluation, the psychiatrist prescribes medication and oversees the medical aspects of treatment. This is a long-term process and involves subsequent consultations to assess a person's response to medication and to adjust medications or dosages if needed. The psychiatrist will also determine the need for further medical investigations and referrals to other specialists or allied health professionals.
When should I see a psychiatrist?
A person should consult a psychiatrist to seek medical treatment for mental health difficulties that impact their functioning and quality of life. A general practitioner can assist with the decision of whether it is necessary to consult a psychiatrist.
What are the fees for a consultation?
The practice charges medical aid tariffs with no co-payments. The practice charges directly from the medical aid. Where possible, prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) are utilised instead of claiming from a person’s medical aid savings or pocket. It is important to take note that fees are time-based, with higher tariffs for longer consultations. A first consultation is a longer consultation, and follow-up consultations are shorter and more problem-focused. Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance to avoid charges.
For more information on consultations, fees and private rates, please contact the practice.
How do I book an appointment?
Appointments may be booked via telephone, email or online enquiry. The practice email address is attended to during practice hours only.
What are the practice hours?
Mondays to Thursdays - 07:00 to 16:00
Fridays - 07:00 to 12:00
Weekends and public holidays - Closed
What should I do if I have an urgent query or emergency?
For emergencies after hours, please contact your nearest hospital emergency department or Denmar Hospital on 012 9986062. Emails should not be used in the event of an emergency.
If you have an urgent query during practice hours, please phone the practice on 012 9932768.