Counselling / Depression
Patients sometimes need help to overcome feelings of depression, stress and severe anxiety. Our Doctors are happy to help in these cases, but we do encourage you to make a longer booking to discuss the issues, as there is often much to discuss.
Driving Licence Medicals & Pre-Employment Medicals
If you are a regular patient of this practice and require a Medical Certificate of Fitness to Drive a private vehicle, because of your age or a Medical Condition, then just book a single appointment with your regular Doctor, and it will be billed as for a normal consultation.
If you require a Commercial Vehicle Driver’s Medical Assessment, you will need to book a special, longer appointment, and need to be aware that this type of consultation carries no Medicare rebate under current Medicare legislation (unless currently unemployed and applying for the Commercial Licence in order to gain employment, in which case it is rebatable). Please ask the Receptionist about the appropriate booking and the fee to expect.
Our doctors are experienced in conducting Pre-Employment Medicals for many companies. Please enquire with reception regarding booking a pre-employment medical.
Home Visits & After Hours Service
Home Visits may be available to our regular patients who live in the local area and subject to doctor availability. They are for patients who are unable, through severe illness / immobility, to attend an appointment at the Practice. Should you desire a Home Visit, please advise the Receptionist who will discuss the situation with your Doctor and make appropriate arrangements. Please note that the visit may not be able to be accommodated on the same day requested. (Home Visits are not Bulk-Billed and incur a private consultation fee).
We subscribe to Family Care Medical Services who will visit you at home after hours. They can be contacted on 3831 9999 to arrange an after-hours home visit. Note that fees may be charged for this service, but Members of their Friendly Care Society, children under 16 years of age, and Pension & Health Care Card holders can have their after-hours visit Bulk-Billed. Please ask at our Reception for a brochure, or go to their website at www.familycare.com.au/brisbane.aspx to find out more.. The next morning they will then notify us of the nature of your problem to update your files to help us with your continued care.
For emergencies we recommend you go directly to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital or dial 000 for an ambulance.
Interpreter services are available at this practice. Please let the receptionist know when you book your appointment.
Preventative Health Checks
We are able to provide various forms of more comprehensive health assessments and encourage eligible patients to avail themselves of these services. These include:
Over-75‘s Health Assessments - All our patients over 75 years of age are encouraged to book annually for their Over-75s Health Assessment. The duration of this assessment is usually an hour with the Practice Nurse and your normal doctor. These visits are Bulk-Billed.
Diabetics - We recommend an annual Diabetes Assessment, again a full hour in the Practice, with assessment of your Diabetes management, and screening for complications, in addition to regular monitoring during the year. Diabetics should also have a GP Management Plan.
Asthmatics - An Asthma Assessment, usually over two visits, with assessment of lung function by spirometry, and development of a written Asthma Management Plan, is recommended for asthmatics who require preventer medication to control their asthma.
45 - 49 Year Old Health Assessments - these are designed for people in this age group with risk factors for disease - after first having screening blood tests, spend an hour with us identifying and planning to manage your risk factors to ensure years of good health.
We undertake a number of routine General Practice procedures in the practice. These include ECGs, Spirometry (to assess lung function), cryotherapy of warts / skin tags / sun spots, excision of moles and skin cancers, insertion & removal of Implanon, suturing of lacerations, plastering of fractures, dressing of wounds, wedge resection of ingrown toenails etc.
An initial consultation is generally required with your normal treating GP and the procedure is booked for another day. This is to ensure that the adequate time booked.
Our doctors are happy to perform a skin check to assess your spots and moles however in some cases you may be referred to a specialist. If any treatments are required, such as cryotherapy or excisions, these can be performed in our well equipped treatment room. Excisions are usually booked for another day when convenient to both patient and Doctor. We do not advise that patients book an excision directly at their first visit, as our assessment may be that it is not required, or conversely, that a longer booking might be needed for it.
We are able to provide advice on travel to countries around the world, and are able to administer vaccines for the vast majority of countries visited (with the exception of Yellow Fever vaccinations, required for a few equatorial African or South American countries only). It is best to plan well ahead of your holiday. Make an appointment to discuss your travel medicine requirements at least 6 weeks before your departure date. We stock and supply many travel vaccines.
We are able to provide vaccinations according to the Australian National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for children and adults. These are supplied free of charge and the consultation is generally bulk-billed.
Other recommended, but non-funded vaccines, are available for purchase and can be administered in the same visit. We also offer a comprehensive Travel Vaccination service (for all except Yellow Fever vaccination). Please advise the Receptionist when booking for a vaccination, so that the appropriate booking can be made.