Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Samantha has over 20 years experience in women’s health. She specialises in both normal and high risk pregnancies, management of menstrual disorders, in office and surgical gynaecology and has an avid interest in minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery.
As well as being in private practice Samantha is also an educator who holds a position as Senior Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital and at Epworth Freemasons where she is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and midwifery students.
Samantha is increasingly interested in ‘giving back’ by supporting and fundraising for colleagues who work in the third world, particularly Africa and improving education of doctors in Mongolia. She participates in an annual trip to Mongolia to teach and has been appointed to the board of the Barbara May Foundation, an Australian-based organisation providing obstetric and gynaecological care for women in Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Samantha enjoys keeping fit and keeping up with her three boys, who are slowly but surely turning into good men.
Jane is a highly experienced midwife with over 30 years experience having worked in delivery suites at both public and private hospitals across Melbourne. Her vast knowledge is a valuable resource for patients throughout pregnancy, postnatal care and breastfeeding. Jane has been working in the practice since 2008 and her warm and friendly nature makes her an excellent point of contact.
Lucy has worked in obstetrics and gynaecology in private practice and in public hospitals for over 25 years and joined the practice in 2009. She manages a busy practice, is available to make bookings and is happy to assist with all aspects of administration.
As a private patient the fees for managing your pregnancy are claimable by Medicare and not covered by your health insurance. The fee for delivery and hospital accommodation is largely covered by your health fund depending upon your level of insurance. Fees for pathology, ultrasound or other specialists incur additional costs.
Choosing private obstetric care in a private hospital can incur significant costs to patients partly due to poor rebates obstetrics receive from Medicare and health insurance companies relative to our expenses. Providing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from conception until 6 weeks after delivery by highly qualified specialists, professional indemnity insurance, access to a midwife, equipment such as ultrasounds and expenses maintaining professional rooms carries a financial cost. Acknowledging this is also a time when families are conscious of their own expenses, fees are kept within reach of private patients with private health insurance.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
A referral is required by your GP and usually lasts for 12 months.
It is a requirement by Medicare for claiming purposes and also keeps your GP informed of your medical history.
The rooms are open business days from 8.30am to 5pm
For pregnancy Dr Hargreaves delivers at:
Epworth Freemasons Hospital
St Vincent’s Private Hospital
Frances Perry House (high risk pregnancies only)
For gynaecological surgery Dr Hargreaves operates at: Epworth Freemasons Hospital
WHAT DO I BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT:
Please bring your doctor’s referral, Medicare card and Health Insurance details.