New patients – start here

Hi there,

We are excited to see you soon in the Let’s Eat! Speech Clinic.

If you haven’t made contact with us yet (and don’t have an appointment), please contact our secretary on 4940 6515.

If you do have an appointment, below are a few things to get you started with frequently asked questions…

What a feeding appointment for your baby or child will cost?

Click on this link – the costs vary for the initial appointment and follow up appointment costs differ slightly too. If you are confused, please feel free to follow up with our secretary on 4940 6515.

You don’t need a referral to see us but you can get a rebate back on your appointment if your GP signs an EPC medicare form or you have private health insurance (or your child is funded by the NDIS) : click on this link for more information.

Before you come, please fill out these forms (click the links below), they will make the appointment much more productive for you and your child. When you have finished filling out the forms, press “submit” and they will be emailed to us directly.

Food inventory form

Case history form

Where to come?

Our address for 2019 is 2/16 Christo road, Georgetown (corner of Christo road and Stephen avenue).

But in 2020, we will be moving to the Early Start Speech Pathology rooms in Wallsend.

The address for this is 1/61 Nelson street, Wallsend. There is 1 hour parking on the main street and unlimited parking on side streets. The Clinic is round the corner from the main Wallsend shopping centre. Look for Early Start Speech Pathology as you drive down Nelson Street, it’s near a dental practice and Kip McGrath offices. There will be a Let’s Eat Speech sign board out the front.

What to bring to your first appointment?

1. Background medical and feeding history information such as blue books, medical and allied health reports.

2. A range of food and drink for your child eg yoghurt (purée), fruit (eg banana, apple), vegetables (eg Carrot sticks), sandwich and water. Ideally bring a selection of food your child eats well and foods they struggle with or refuse to eat.

If your child is a baby, then please bring bottles (if using), formula or expressed breast milk and dummies (if using). I have a kettle and can heat up bottles as needed.

3. A video of your child eating (or bottle feeding) at home with the family – a quick video on your phone is ideal.

4. Rebate paperwork eg Medicare EPC GP letters ($52.95 rebate for 5 calendar allied health sessions/year). This needs to be organised with your GP before your feeding appointment. Unfortunately a Paediatrician cannot sign this form – only a GP.

And after that, we will meet! so we can answer any questions you have. Payment is required on the day and you can bring cash or use your credit card (Mastercard or Visa). We will send you your receipt via email and then you can claim via medicare or private health insurance.

You will receive a feeding plan for your child on the day of your appointment and a report within 2 weeks of your appointment. After this time, we will schedule a (free) phone call to touch base and check in with you. This phone call is to review the feeding plan from the initial appointment and make a follow up appointment if required.

Please be on time as we often have appointments booked after your child’s appointment. If you are lost or can’t find us, please call our secretary on 4940 6515.

If you can’t make the appointment, we would really appreciate at least 48 hours notice as there are little babies waiting for urgent appointments and we need to give their parents as much notice as possible. Thanks for understanding! You can text Val directly (after hours) if you need to cancel your child’s appointment – 0434 387 675.

See you in clinic soon 🙂

Val and Ashleigh (Paediatric Feeding Speech Pathologists)