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Patient Info

What is a General Physician?

General Physicians are specialist doctors who see patients only when referred to them by other doctors, which include other specialists and General Practitioners (GPs).


It takes at least 14 years to become a General Physician, they are highly trained in a range of non-surgical care for adult patients. Dr Flanagan cares for difficult, serious or unusual medical problems and continues to see the patient until these problems have resolved or stabilised. 

Physicians are specialists in the effects of medications, including their side effects, such as those used to treat/minimise the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Dr Flanagan sees patients in his rooms for a number of complex medical situations; these include renal (kidney) issues, as well as pre-operative assessments for a number of leading Melbourne Orthopaedic Surgeons and other specialist doctors, as part of a wholistic approach to patient care. That care may be followed through with hospital visits upon request from a patient's surgeon. 

Dr Flanagan is also referred patients while they are in hospital, upon request from other hospital specialist doctors.

What is a Nephrologist?

A Nephrologist is a Specialist Physician also known as a renal or kidney specialist.

Kidney health issues may include hypertension, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, renal colic and other conditions.

It is possible to lose 90% of your kidney function before any symptoms appear. 


Kidney failure can be sudden or gradual: acute kidney failure may be short lived but requires treating until kidney function returns; chronic kidney disease develops over time and is related to a number of risk factors, including diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Dr Flanagan discusses with his patients the options for treatment of kidney disease, which vary from patient to patient, but may include medication and lifestyle changes and in the case of kidney failure,  dialysis or kidney transplant.


Kidney problems

Urinary tract problems

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Complex medical conditions

Areas of Expertise

Renal (kidney) disease

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Pre-surgical assessment

Post-surgical care

Renal calculus (kidney stones)


Unusual medical conditions

Complex medical conditions


Areas of Expertise

Your referring doctor may request that you have various tests done, prior to seeing Dr Flanagan

Tests may include blood tests, ecg,  urine tests, xray, 24 hour monitoring, ultrasound  and/or other tests

Tests done prior to a rooms appointment should be done at least a week beforehand, to ensure the results are ready

After a rooms appointment, you may be requested to have further tests, to fully investigate and assess your health

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