PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE MAKING AN ENQUIRY.

General Information

Dr Cutts bulk bills all patients. Patients should be age 18 or above. GP2U registration (for electronic billing) and receipt of a GP referral (who works in an established referral source) is required before appointments can be confirmed.

A GP should be available to manage ongoing direct care – including prescriptions and any required investigations.

Dr Cutts does not:

  • write prescriptions or medical certificates (but will advise GPs as appropriate)
  • offer ongoing psychotherapy or urgent consultations.
  • approve treatment with stimulant medications.
  • provide third party reports (eg reports addressing medicolegal, work related or compensation matters). However  relevant comments will be made in a clinical letter sent to the patient’s GP and could be released to a third party with patient consent.

All appointments are via telepsychiatry and Skype is the preferred means of videoconferencing, but other solutions may be available by prior negotiation.

Wait times for an appointment vary – on average about 6 weeks but this cannot be guaranteed.

Further Information for Patients

Dr Cutts’ patients are referred by GPs who organise the required GP2U registration and who generally offer use of a dedicated videoconference room in their practice. Dr Cutts is unable to accept referrals from practices not already well known to him.

Before an appointment can be confirmed:

  • Your GP should send Dr Cutts a referral by email. You may be asked to sign a consent to the use of email by your GP’s team.

Further Information for Referring Practices

Dr Cutts’ patients are from established referral sources who organise the required GP2U registration and who offer use of a dedicated videoconference room in their practice. This is Dr Cutts’ preference – a good quality and reliable connection is critical on the day of the appointment. However some patients may  be able to be seen in their own homes  – by negotiation.

Dr Cutts is unable to provide support to patients who might be struggling with the registration and logistical issues inherent in making a telepsychiatry connection.

Please email your referral to Dr Cutts. You may wish to seek patient consent before doing so. Dr Cutts will review the suitability of the referral and advise about approximate wait time. Dr Cutts suggests that the steps below be delayed until he has responded to the initial enquiry.

Then please go to GP2U if you wish to register as a referrer and to register your patient. Prompt and effective support is available if needed. When registering your patient, please ensure:

  • Patient medicare number is entered
  • If your patient is to be seen at your practice, please enter the practice contact details in the relevant patient contact fields (phone, email and Skype addresses).
  • Your team confirms registration has been completed by email and also sends a skype contact sharing request to Dr Cutts’ Skype address – virtualpsychiatry.com.au
  • Please note that there is no need to upload or enter clinical information to the gp2u website. Basic demographics, Skype address and medicare details are sufficient.

Dr Cutts will liaise with your admin team about an appointment time once the above checklist has been completed.

Some GPs choose to sit in on part or all of the first or subsequent appointments. Dr Cutts welcomes this but it is not required.

Please feel free to seek further information via the contact form.

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