A female patient wearing a headscarf is sitting in a hospital bed smiles up at a female Mercy Health worker in all blue while she takes her blood pressure.

Requesting a female doctor

Mercy Health medical, midwifery and nursing staff are trained to be respectful of your cultural and personal needs. We care about your dignity and privacy and we seek to ensure you get the very best care by the most appropriate health professional.

Looking after you

Outpatients Clinics – Mercy Hospital for Women

In our Outpatients Clinics it is usually possible to see a female doctor.

Please let the receptionist know if you want to see a female doctor so we can arrange this if possible. Please note, on some days we may have fewer female doctors. We will let you know if you may have to wait a while longer to see a female doctor.

If the most appropriate doctor to see you is a male doctor, your family member or friend may also accompany you during this visit.

Outpatients Clinics – Werribee Mercy Hospital

If you wish to see a female doctor it is best to call the Outpatient Clinics before your appointment on 03 8754 6700 so we can help you. If your clinic does not have a female doctor we may need to send you back to the GP so that you can be referred elsewhere.

If you wish to see a female doctor and your are having a baby or seeing the gynaecology clinic please tell reception staff and we can organise this on the day.

Emergency Department, Birth Suite and Fetal Monitoring

In these departments, female and male staff work closely together in teams. For this reason, on some days, it may be more difficult to see a female doctor. Please let the midwife or nurse know if you want to see a female doctor so we can try to arrange this, if possible.

If the most appropriate doctor to look after you is a male doctor, our staff will make sure a female midwife or nurse is with you at all times during the examination. Your family member or friend may also accompany you during this examination.

Operating theatre

In our operating theatres, female and male staff work closely together in teams. We cannot ensure you have only female doctors and anaesthetists. However, a female nurse will generally be available during the operation.

Last reviewed November 17, 2017.

Advance care planning

Advance care planning can help you receive the treatment of your choice in the future. It can also help your doctors and family understand what you want and what is important to you.

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Multicultural services

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Translating and interpreting services

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