For those of our patients who have Diabetes, we run regular clinics to assist you in the management of your condition.
Bernie, our Registered Nurse, is now a Credentialed Diabetes Educator and together with you, will educate and help you better manage your diabetes.
We can also create a GP Management Plan (care plan) and Team Care Arrangement (referral for allied health services) in regard to your diabetes. During this appointment we will assess your current health care situation and your medical, physical, psychological and social needs will also be considered.
Bernie is a great resource for information regarding diabetes and assisting you with any questions or queries you may have.
As a women's health initiative Marg and Bernie (Registered Nurses) have undertaken the Family Planning Association Course which now allows us to provide Pap Clinics. This service is provided with nurses only and no doctor's consultation is required. It is a bulk-billed service.If you wish to have a breast check or discuss other health issues, please book your appointment with your regular doctor.
A pap smear is a quick and simple test in which a number of cells are collected from your cervix and sent to a laboratory where they are tested for changes. The current recommendation is for women between 18 and 69 years of age should have a pap smear every two years, unless advised otherwise by your Doctor.
The HPV vaccine does not protect against all HPV types that can cause cervical cancer. All females, whether vaccinated against HPV or not, should have regular pap smears as recommended.
This is available to our gold card Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) patients who have chronic conditions and who are at risk of being admitted to hospital.
This program is a personal one-on-one service where Michelle (our Registered Nurse) will speak you every month and undertake health checks as required.
If you require further information, please speak with your doctor or Michelle.
A GP Management Plan is a written document that outlines a patient's chronic medical problems and health care needs with a view to achieving better health outcomes. With the consent of the patient, a Plan is undertaken which will highlight treatment and services required by the patient to meet the goals of the Plan, identify any actions that are required by the patient, make arrangement for the provision of services and treatment required for the patient to meet the goals of the Plan, and review the Plan in 6 to 12 months.
Your doctor may suggest a plan be undertaken or if you feel that you would benefit from having a written plan; please speak with your doctor to arrange this.
This is a further step after the GP Management Plan, which involves at least 2 additional healthcare professionals or medical specialists in the management and treatment of your chronic, ongoing medical problems. Patients may require the services of a physiotherapist, podiatrist, dietician, speech therapist, counsellor etc that would be included in the TCA along with their specialist. The TCA documents the treatment and services required, the collaborating healthcare providers, actions to be taken by the patient, the goals that have been agreed to and a review date of the TCA in approximately 6 months. This information is shared with the other medical services/providers documented in the TCA.
Your doctor may suggest a TCA be undertaken or if you feel that you would benefit from having a TCA, please speak with your doctor to arrange this.
If you are 45 49 years of age, we would like to invite you to undertake a Health Check at our Surgery. This would involve the doctor discussing your family history, your surgical and medical history and identifying risk factors that may lead to long-term health problems. A physical examination and referral for tests or specialist care will be undertaken if required.This Health Check will be bulk-billed through Medicare, therefore there is no cost to you for this service. We are committed to preventative health care and strongly recommend that you undertake a Health Check.
Your "Health Check" appointment may take up to 30 minutes plus additional time if you require a breathing test or heart monitor (ECG).
Any regular patient of our practice that is over 75 years of age can have a bulk-billed health assessment done annually.
The idea of this Assessment is to discuss any day to day issues you may have and look at ways to make your life easier to live independently in your own home.
These health assessments are undertaken by our nurses, Marg or Sonja, who come to your home. The visit takes up to 1 hour. A review appointment is then organised with your regular doctor for you to come to the Surgery and discuss your assessment.
If you 'self-identify' as ATSI please inform our staff or your doctor.
You may be eligible to access additional services. If you would like to register for the "Closing the Gap" program, please speak with you doctor or our Practice Manager, Rhonda Purcell.
You will be required to undertake an annual health assessment.
Click here for further information on this government health initiative.
Our practice is committed to preventative care. As a service to our patients we provide a reminder system for recalling patients in the future for various matters eg Pap smear tests, blood pressure, diabetes etc. If you would like us to set a reminder/recall for a particular reason, just let either your doctor or one of the receptionists know. We also participate in State and Federal reminder and register systems.
We currently utilise SMS messaging for some of our reminders/recalls.
We recommend routine breast screening for women 50 - 74 years of age.
The BreastScreen NSW mobile unit is regularly at Lake Haven Shopping Centre. Call 13 20 50 to book your free appointment or click here.