Watkins Medical Centre
Level 8, 225 Wickham Terrace,
Spring Hill QLD, 4000

All appointments
Phone: (07) 3831 7034

Practice Details

Dr McCombe’s main rooms are situated on level 8 at Watkins Medical Centre, 225 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill.  All appointments and enquiries should be directed to the Wickham Terrace consulting rooms.

He operates privately at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, 457 Wickham Terrace,Spring Hill every Monday.

Dr McCombe consults and operates at Royal Brisbane Hospital on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for public patients. Referrals to Dr McCombe at the public hospital can be faxed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital Orthopaedic Outpatients on (07)3646-7766.  Any follow up enquiries about appointments at the hospital should be made to the Orthopaedic Outpatients on (07)3646-7525.

For those patients who are uninsured but wish to pay for their surgery Dr McCombe operates privately in the public hospital one Tuesday morning a month. There is some benefit payable by Medicare towards the surgeon's fees and the anaesthetist's fees.  The cost of a bed as an intermediate patient at Royal Brisbane Hospital is approximately $359 per night. There are no theatre fees payable. For pensioners only Queensland Health will  pay the cost of any implants that may be required for the surgery.

 

 

Appointments

 

The wait time for non-urgent appointments may vary throughout the year and it is advisable to ring the office to ask what this is at the time. 

Generally a non-urgent appointment is considered to be low back pain, thoracic pain and neck pain without leg or arm symptoms. Evidence shows that most episodes of acute low back, thoracic or neck pain (under 3 months) not associated with serious diseases and conditions will resolve with analgesia, reassurance and some modification of activity.  Any serious conditions will be excluded by your general practitioner.  Individuals with persistent back or neck pain that is not on an improvement trajectory after a few weeks may wish to consult a specialist. 

The wait time for an urgent appointment is within 2 business days on request of a general practioner. 

An urgent appointment is considered to be back pain with associated severe leg pain and/or weakness  or neck pain with severe arm pain and/or weakness. These symptoms imply compression of a nerve or nerves and review by a specialist is advised. 

A referral from your general practitioner is required to make an apppointment.  

 

Cancellation Policy
A significant period time is set aside for outpatient appointments. In the absence of  reasonable medical or social reasons, cancellation of an appointment less than 48 hours before will generate a fee equivalent to the consultation fee unless we are able to fill the available appointment time.