Frequently Asked Questions

Please find some of our most frequently asked questions below. To see the answer, just click on the question.

 

Where does Dr Trueman work?

  • John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun
  • The Tweed Hospital
  • City Fertility, Robina

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Yes. All of our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements. We will not release the contents of your medical records to anybody without your written consent.

What should I expect during first Gynaecology visit?

Initially, Dr Trueman will obtain important relevant information from you. Then, he may perform a physical examination. After which, Dr Trueman will discuss and explain his findings with you, and make recommendations for further investigations and/or treatment.

What should I expect during first pregnancy visit?

Your first appointment is generally just after 13 weeks. Dr Trueman and Midwife Rosemary will obtain your full medical history and will perform any necessary examinations. You may also have an ultrasound. The first visit is also a time to ask lots of questions and any discuss lifestyle changes or restrictions you may need to observe during pregnancy. Dr Trueman and Rosemary are happy to answer any questions that you might have. Based on your health and risk factors, Dr Trueman will collaborate with you and your partner to work out a schedule for subsequent appointments.

How much will I expect to pay?

Please contact our friendly office staff who are more than happy to assist with any questions regarding fee structure on (07) 55 980055.

What are your business hours?

Monday-Thursday 8am – 5:00pm
Friday 8am – 3pm

What should I bring to hospital?

We advise you to have your maternity bag packed by 34 weeks.

For you:

  • Your white antenatal card.
  • Reading material, music, Ipad, laptop
  • Nightware and socks for after you have given birth.
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable day clothes
  • Maternity pads (3 packets are recommended)
  • Maternity bra
  • Breast pads
  • Extra underwear
  • Any current medication
  • Camera
  • Oil/lotion for massage
  • Preferred snacks
  • Sarong or old t-shirt
  • Spray bottle (non aerosol) for cooling
  • Sweets/ lollies
  • List of people to telephone
  • Slippers
  • Enough money for incidentals
  • Health fund card / Medicare card
  • Wrist watch or clock

For your baby:

  • Baby clothes – we suggest 6 singlets and 6 outfits suitable for frequent nappy changes 6 lightweight wraps
  • Nappies
  • Singlet’s
  • Bunny rug
  • Any clothes you may wish to dress your baby in
  • Baby wrap and clothes for going home
  • Formula (if formula feeding)
  • An approved baby car seat already fitted to your vehicle prior to discharge. If you are intending to have your capsule professionally fitted, or hiring a baby capsule, remember to allow 3-4 weeks booking time
  • If your informed choice is to bottle feed your baby, we ask that you supply your own formula and bring this to the hospital with you. The Maternity staff will then provide you with individual instruction on how to feed your baby while you are in hospital.

Will my appointment be on time?

Every effort is made to run to the appointment schedule however, due to the unpredictable nature of obstetrics; there may be occasions when the doctor may be delayed or not available. Where possible you will be notified in advance. It is understood that you are also busy and appreciate your patience and understanding. If, for any reason, you are delayed or unable to keep your scheduled appointment please notify our rooms at your earliest convenience.

When will I be having my pregnancy ultrasounds?

  • 12- 14 weeks Nuchal Scan
  • 19 weeks Morphology Scan
  • Dr Trueman frequently perform informal scans in his rooms at the consultations.

Should I be taking Folic Acid?

The current recommendations are that all women who are planning to become pregnant should take 0.5mg of folate daily for at least 3 months prior to falling pregnant and continue this for at least the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. If you were not already taking folic acid before you became pregnant, you should commence this as soon as possible.

Things to avoid during pregnancy

Foods such as processed meats (unless cooked), raw meat, store bought sushi, pate, soft and semi soft cheeses, coleslaw, unwashed vegetables, soft serve or deep fried ice cream, unpasteurised milk, foods with raw eggs, pre packaged or pre prepared salads, bean sprouts, stuffing from chicken or poultry and raw or smoked seafood may rarely contain the bacteria Listeria. It is also wise to avoid any food that is only partially reheated. Coffee and tea can be taken in small amounts during pregnancy. It would appear that 1 cup of coffee a day poses no significant risk to pregnancy.

We do not condone the consumption of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and excessive amounts of caffeine during pregnancy.

(07) 5598 0055
Suite 3B John Flynn Medical Centre
42 Inland Drive
Tugun QLD 4224