Medical Services

Skin Cancer Clinics

We have doctors with a special interest in skin disorders. They have training in diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders with special emphasis on skin malignancy.

A skin check takes 15-30 minutes, depending on your skin type. If you require treatment or removal of the skin lesion, most cases can be dealt with at the surgery including skin flap and graft surgery. If necessary, you are referred to a specialist for further attention and management.

A booking facility fee will be charged to all the patients who attend 4 surgical procedures. Please refer to “Fee & Charges”.

A follow up appointment is required with your doctor for removal of sutures and discussion of result.

You will receive a Medicare cheque from Medicare approximately four weeks after the procedure. This cheque must be returned the surgery in order to complete payment of the procedure.

If you are unable to attend the appointment, please reply “no” to the SMS reminder messages or phone the surgery. Please remember, you are responsible for attending or cancelling your appointment.

Minor Surgeries

Other services offered are:

  • Removal of suspicious lumps & bumps

  • Removal of skin tags

  • Cryotherapy (freezing small growths)

  • Removal of foreign bodies

  • Suturing of lacerations

Implanon Insertion/ Removal, Mirena Removal

We have Doctors who will insert and remove Implanons. Removal ‘only’ of Mirena can be done by Dr Lochert and Dr Bishnoi. All GP’s are happy to discuss your contraception requirements with you, reception can then book any procedures that are required. A procedure fee* will apply, in addition to a consultation / fees, $50 for inplanon insertion or removal and $20 for Mirena removal.(*not claimable through Medicare)

Chronic Disease Clinics (GP Management Plans)

If you suffer from a chronic illness, you may be eligible for GP Management Plan. Your GP Management Plan will be specifically tailored to your health needs and will:

  • List the actions you can take to help manage your condition

  • Set goals for your treatment

  • Set out the services to be provided by your GP

  • Be regularly reviewed, at least 6 monthly, ensuring the plan changes along with your needs

As part of your plan, referrals can be made to Allied Health professionals e.g. Dieticians, Exercise Physiotherapists, and Podiatrists etc. With these referrals in place, Medicare will give rebates for the services. There may be a small fee, but this will be determined by your Allied Health Professional.

Chronic Disease Clinics requires a 60-minute appointment with our Practice Nurse and a standard appointment with your regular doctor following the nurse consult.

Health Assessment for Patients 75 years old and over

As we get older, many of us become more vulnerable to illness. The Federal Government has recognised this and has introduced an annual health check for everyone over the age of 75.

The aim of the health check is to identify, prevent or lessen the effect of disease processes and identify any areas where assistance may be required to improve your lifestyle. The nurse will also identify any needs or services required at home.

It is preferred that the health check be performed in your home with one of our nurses. Alternatively, it can be done in the surgery.

If you would like a 75+ years Health Assessment please contact reception.

Home Medication Reviews

If you are on multiple medications or having difficulty managing your medication, your GP may organise for your Pharmacist to visit you at home to review all your medications including over the counter medications and any aids used (e.g. puffers and spacers). The pharmacist will forward a report to your GP and you will be asked to see your GP for the review.

Mental Health Treatment Plan

For most patients with a mental health condition, Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year. A GP Mental Health Treatment Plan will be required to access these visits. Your GP will develop the mental health treatment plan and referral with you.

Prescription Requests

If you have attended the doctor within the last 3 months and your medical condition does not require a review, repeat prescriptions are available. Repeat scripts will incur a charge of $20.00, not claimable through Medicare.

Specialist Referrals

You are required to see your doctor prior to your specialist appointment in order to arrange a referral. We cannot give you referral letter without an appointment with your doctor.The specialist will be advised via referral letter of relevant aspects of your health information so as to enable the specialist to manage your condition appropriately. Lost or misplaced referral will incur a $20 fee (Not claimable through Medicare).

Repeat (ongoing) Referrals

You must see your doctor for a repeat referral. This enables your doctor to monitor your ongoing health issues, update any other details, and ensures effective communication with your specialist. The referral letters are usually valid for 12 months only.

Health Assessment for Patients 45 to 49 years old

The Federal Government introduced a Health Check for all patients aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, such as diabetes, heart disease or other long-term chronic diseases.

The aim of the health check is to help identify, prevent or lessen the effect of the disease – it is better to avoid disease than to treat it. This health check will give us the opportunity to look at your lifestyle and medical/family history to determine if you are at risk. Available upon request. The nurse conducts the assessment and you are then seen by your GP to discuss the findings.

Health Assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People

The aim of this Health Assessment is to provide early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions. The assessment involves a health check, including physical, psychological and social wellbeing. It also determines what preventative health care, education and assistance should be offered to improve overall health and wellbeing.

Women’s Health

Our doctors cover all aspects of women’s health to provide advice, support and direction for any issues you may experience, including:

  • Breast care

  • Cervical Screening Tests (HPV Pap Smears)

  • Menstruation

  • Reproductive health

  • Sexually transmitted infections

  • Menopause

  • Endometriosis

  • Incontinence

Cervical Screening HPV Test

A cervical screening test is the routine test given to women aged 25 to 74, every 5 years to help prevent cervical cancer. It can be done in a standard appointment with your regular doctor. If you have had a cervical screening test somewhere else, please let us know. We will update the records in your file. A female chaperone is enlisted when GP is performing the procedure.

Men’s health

Our doctors are here to support your health concerns. We manage a wide range of men’s health matters including:

  • Puberty

  • Sexually transmitted infections

  • Reproductive health

  • Hormones

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Prostate health

Family Planning

If you need information or advice, regarding your contraception or sexual and reproductive health, or support with your pregnancy, your GP can help. We will provide the advice necessary to help you through your decisions and to ensure your wellbeing.

Obstetric Shared Care

Obstetric Shared Care is a popular option of care for healthy women with a low-risk pregnancy. During your pregnancy, you can be monitored by a trained GP for most of your pregnancy visits as well as visits at the hospital.

Children’s Health

It is important to assess and monitor the growth and development of your children. We are pleased to support you in this role by providing the following services and assessments for your child.

  • Immunisations

  • Physical activity

  • Behavioural patterns

Child Immunisations (2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 4 years old)

Childhood immunisations are conducted on 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. An appointment is required for your GP and the immunisation nurse. 12 and 18 month olds require a half an hour appointment with the nurse. All others 15 minutes. You are required to stay in the surgery for 15 minutes after the immunisation in case of reaction.

For children without a current Medicare number, a script will be provided by the GP for private purchase of vaccines at the parent’s cost.

Spirometry

A spirometry (Lung Function Test) is done by our nursing staff. The appointment takes 30 minutes with the nurse and a follow-up appointment with your doctor. Appointments are on Fridays only.

Ear Syringe

Ear Syringe is performed by your doctor to remove stubborn ear wax blockage.

ECG

An ECG can beperformed at the clinic by nursing staff and reviewed by the doctor. It takes approximately 10 minutes.

Ankle Brachial Index Test (ABI)

ABI is screeningfor PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease).

It is performed at the clinic by nursing staff with review by the doctor. It takes 10 to 15 minutes.