1What is the difference between an obstetrician and gynaecologist?

An obstetrician is primarily responsible for the care of pregnant women both during and after pregnancy, while a gynaecologist focuses on medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system in non-pregnant women and those that are less than 12 weeks pregnant.

2When should you see an obstetrician and gynaecologist?

You should make an appointment if:

  • You are pregnant - to confirm a living pregnancy, date it and ensure the health of both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.
  • You have problems with your periods – see a gynaecologist if your periods are too painful, irregular, too heavy or suddenly absent.
  • You are experiencing symptoms of hormonal conditions - such as severe acne, excess facial and body hair or missing periods.
  • You are struggling to fall pregnant – Dr Diale can guide you through appropriate fertility tests and fertility options.
  • You are experiencing symptoms of menopause – to help balance your hormones during this phase and ease uncomfortable symptoms.
3Do I need a referral?

You don’t need a referral to see a gynaecologist. However, if you are using a medical aid, some medical aids prefer that your general practitioner sees you first and then refers you to a gynaecologist. It is recommended to check with your medical aid first prior to setting an appointment with a gynaecologist.

4How do I make an appointment?

You can contact us via email or telephonically and talk to our reception to make a booking. Alternatively, fill out our online form and we will get back to you.

5Does the practice accept medical aid?

Yes, the practice does work with some medical aid plans, but others are not covered. So, it is recommended to check with the practice first at the time of booking your appointment.


At Family Matters, you can expect patient-centred care, where the specialists work with not just intelligence, but a warm heart and succouring bedside manners.

Here our modern clinic and contemporary design will ease and comfort patients, while our state-of-the-art technology and equipment are used to provide exceptional service.