FAQ

Do you only deal with skin cancer?
Yes, the Dermatologists who work at Ballarat Specialist Skin Cancer Centre have subspecialized in skin cancer diagnosis and management.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
You do not need a referral to make an appointment with us.  However, if you do not have a current and valid referral, you will not receive any rebate from Medicare.
Fees

How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, please contact us on (03) 5303 0188
Appointments

Where are you located?
We are located at 5-9 Wood Street Soldiers Hill on the corner of Howitt Street and Wood Street.

Contact Us

Where do I park?
Parking facilities are available at the front of the building and on Wood Street.

How much does a consultation cost?
Costs will depend on what services are being provided to you by the doctor and/or Ballarat Surgicentre.  An estimate of costs is generally provided by our staff when an appointment is booked.
Costs

Do you bulk bill?
As we are a private practice bulk billing is generally not available
Costs

What do I need to bring with me for my appointment/surgery?
You will need to ensure that you have your Medicare card and any private health Insurance details when attending an appointment.  If you are a new patient you need to bring in a referral if you want any money back from Medicare.  For existing patients, if your referral has expired you will need to bring in a new referral.

Can I have the consultation and surgery on the same day?
Our Doctors can in some cases operate on the same day as your consultation. This will depend on factors including the Doctors discretion, theatre availability and complexity of the procedure required.

How do I book in for Surgery?
Bookings for Surgery may be done on the day of consultation where the doctor will request reception staff to book a surgical appointment.  Sometimes patients will need to wait for biopsy results before being booked in.

Do I need to have surgery if the lesion has disappeared after the biopsy?
Many patients assume that surgery will not be required if the lesion appears to have disappeared after the biopsy.  However, this is NOT the case.  skin cancers can be deceptively large – far more extensive under the skin than they appear to be from the surface. These cancers may have “roots” in the skin, or along blood vessels, nerves, or cartilage. Although the lesion appears to be gone, the roots of the skin cancer may still be present under the skin and if left untreated may cause structural damage beneath the surface. It is important to talk with one of our Dermatologists before cancelling your appointment, as they will be able to better inform you as to whether the surgery is still necessary.

Can the Surgery wait?
Your doctor will inform you as to the urgency of your surgery.

Should I see a Plastic Surgeon if I am worried about scarring?
With any surgical procedure, there is always a scar.  Mohs Micrographic surgery which is currently done only by Dermatologists trained in this technique, is specifically designed to ensure that the least amount of healthy tissue is removed whilst ensuring that the cancerous cells are completely removed.  This results in ensuring the smallest possible defect for repair.

Our Dermatologists have been trained to repair skin cancer wounds and where possible, will try to displace scars in areas where they will be least obvious.

How long will my surgery take?
How long your surgery will take is dependent on what type of surgery you are having.  Patients booked for standard surgery will usually be here for 30 to 45 minutes and those booked for Mohs Surgery may take anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours.

How long does the healing process take after surgery?
The healing process will differ depending on the site of the excision and the type of repair that is done.  At discharge you will be given information regarding your own circumstances.

How can I settle my account?
The receptionist will discuss any out of pocket costs with you. All patients are required to settle accounts in full on admission at reception.
Costs

Do you perform light treatments (UVB)?
No, we are a skin cancer diagnosis and management clinic.

Will I need regular checks with The Ballarat Specialist Skin Cancer Centre?
Once you have been diagnosed with a skin cancer there is an increased likelihood that you will develop more.  For this reason, it is important to ensure that regular skin monitoring and review occurs.  Regular checks may be done by your referring doctor or by your Dermatologist at our Practice.  These options will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

Do you perform cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Soft tissue filler?
We do not provide any cosmetic treatments such as Botox and soft tissue filler.

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