Patient Information


Please call (08) 81660888 during our business hours to make an appointment or book your appointment online 24/7 via AutoMedSystems .  You may also use the AMSConnect App to book appointments and to check-in when you arrive for your appointment.  Learn how to book using the AMSConnect App here.

Our standard consultations are 15 minutes, though longer consultation times are available.  You may require more time for mental health consultations, multiple issues, and for procedures.  Please speak with our reception staff so that we can ensure we allocate enough time to meet your needs.

We will always prioritise urgent medical conditions. We will always strive to see unwell children on the same day.  Please advise our reception staff if you think your health issue is urgent and we will address this accordingly.

Please advise our reception staff when you book if you require an interpreter service or the National Relay Service (for those with a hearing impairment). 48 hours notice would be appreciated for in-person translation services, although we can arrange a telephone based service at shorter notice.

If you are unable to attend your appointment please advise us via telephone or cancel your appointment via SMS reply or the AMS Connect App as soon as possible. Failure to attend your scheduled appointment without notice will result in a non-attendance fee.

For your TeleHealth Consultation

All Telehealth consultations will be billed according to our standard billing schedule and policy.

Please note Medicare rebates are not available to patients that have not visited the practice in the last 12 months.

Please also note that for all telehealth and video consults the patient must be present at the time of the consult to be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate.

To confirm your appointment you will be required to enter you card details. These details are stored securely and will only be debited according to the scheduled fee, if applicable, once the consultation has been completed. Please note that a surcharge of 1.65% applies to card payments.

Prescriptions can be sent to you using eScript – where a QR code is sent via SMS to your mobile phone, or to your email account.

New Patients

Please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment so you can complete the registration forms if you have not done so online.  Our policy is that your first visit to Pear Tree Family Practice is a long (30 minute) appointment.  This allows us to carefully review your medical history, address your health needs and ensure comprehensive ongoing care.

If you would like your medical records transferred to us from your previous practice please complete a Transfer of Medical Records Consent Form (also available from our receptionists). We will then contact your previous health care provider to arrange transfer of your medical records.

Out of Hours Care

As a patient of Pear Tree Family Practice, you have access to 24 hour medical care.

After hours we recommend you call National Home Doctor on 137425 (13SICK). They offer urgent after hours GP care, and will notify us of their consultation with you.  Consultations will be bulk-billed.

For assistance in a mental health emergency please call Mental Health Triage on 13 14 65 (24 hours).

For emergency/urgent care

    • In an Emergency please dial 000.
    • Public:
      • Emergency Department, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Drive, Bedford Park SA 5045, 24 hours, phone (08) 8204 5511
    • Private (out of pocket costs will apply):
      • Ashford Emergency Department, 55 Anzac Highway, Ashford SA  5035, 8am-10pm, phone: (08) 8375 5222
      • Calvary Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department (formerly Wakefield Hospital), 120 Angas Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, 24 hours, phone: (08) 82277000

Prescriptions, referrals and medical certificates

All repeat prescriptions, referrals and medical certificates require a consultation with your doctor to ensure appropriate, current treatment. Currently due to covid-19, referrals and medical certificates from TeleHealth consultations can be emailed to you on request.


It is important that all test results are followed up in a consultation with your doctor.

If your Doctor has requested you return for follow up of non-urgent results, you will be sent a secure SMS from our dedicated SMS number 0419 944 632. You may opt out of this service at any point. For further information regarding SMS click here.

We can provide results of the Cervical Screening Program and Bowel Screening Program over the phone. We do not give any other results over the phone or via email.

Reminder Systems

Good preventative care is a key part of our role as your General Practitioner. We use a computerised reminder system and may be in contact with you to offer preventative health care, relevant to your health needs.  If you do not wish to receive reminders please let your doctor or our reception staff know.

Your Privacy

At Pear Tree Family Practice we keep records of your personal details and medical history. We adhere to strict guidelines for your privacy.  We are happy to provide you with a copy of our privacy policy at any time.



All telephone calls are answered by our reception staff.  Our staff will ask you if your matter is an emergency before placing the call on hold (if required).

Our staff will confirm your identity with three approved patient identifiers such as your name, date of birth, and address.


Email is not a secure form of communication with regards to patient privacy.  We use fax and secure electronic messaging as our main communication tools in order to maintain your privacy.

Our practice email is No medical advice is given via electronic communication.  Any correspondence we receive will be documented in your patient file. The practice email account is routinely checked and your email will be reviewed and responded to within 72 hours. If the matter is urgent contact us directly on (08) 81660888 or in an emergency call 000.


Our Facebook page updates practice information and provides health promotion. This page is intended for announcements only and should not be considered specific medical advice.  To follow us on Facebook click here. If you have any queries please contact the practice by telephone on (08) 81660888.

Your rights

We are committed to providing a quality service. If you have a problem, we would like you to share your concerns with us.  We take any concerns, complaints or suggestions seriously.

Complaints & Feedback

We are committed to continuing to improve our practice, and we welcome and appreciate your feedback. We have a suggestion box located on the mantle in the front waiting room and our team will review and action your suggestions regularly.

We also take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing. We will then attempt to resolve it in accordance with our resolution procedure. Please send your complaint to Dr Emily Carroll and Dr Kristin McLaughlin, 11 Brighton Road, Glenelg, SA 5045.  All complaints will be addressed within 7 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr Emily Carroll and Dr Kristin McLaughlin recognise that it can be difficult going to the doctor, particularly if you have one or two children and are trying to contain everyone in a quiet waiting room.  

Little Pears has a purpose built outside area (including a boat!) where children can play and run around.  If you need to discuss information about your child that you don’t want them to hear, these conversations can take place privately outside.  Your child won’t feel like they are being talked about while they are playing and you can convey the information you need.

Young children are particularly good at spreading viral infections.  An outside waiting area reduces this risk while the air conditioning has UV filtration to kill viruses and bacteria as well as 6 cycles of fresh air change per hour.

Services for women and men’s health will be offered at Little Pears as parents can often neglect their own health care because of the difficulties in attending appointments with their children.  

If you have cough, runny nose, fever, diarrhoea or feel like you have an acute illness please book for a respiratory clinic appointment at Little Pears.  These clinics are run to limit your and other’s exposures to the infection you may have.  Little Pears has purpose designed air conditioning including 6 cycles of fresh air per hour and UV filtration.

Pear Tree Family Practice and Little Pears have the same electronic medical database.   The practice Doctors at Pear Tree Family Practice and Little Pears can all access your medical history.

Patients of all ages are able to attend both sites in order to select the doctor or time of preference that suits you.  Little Pears has been designed to better service young children and their families, but everyone is welcome.  

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