Offered at our practice…
Adult and Child
Your General Practitioner (GP) is more than a place to go when you are feeling unwell and needing a quick cure. The GP who sees you has gone through an extensive medical training to equip them to help children and adults of all ages with a range of physical and emotional difficulties. Doctors are at the centre of the healthcare hub and will be aware of services and expertise that are available locally and further-a-field. They are aware of the link that stress and unhappy life events have on physical health, and know when to suggest a talking therapy rather than medication.
Primary care practices offer a range of services and are able to deal with most minor accident care. If they are not able to deal with an injury, they will refer on to the appropriate service.
These assess your health and may reduce your chance of becoming sick. General check ups review your family history, lifestyle, include a physical examination and tests. We provide you with a personal report with recommendations on reducing health risks and improving your quality of life.
Minor surgery is commonly provided in primary care practices, providing fast, competent removal and biopsies of skin lesions. Other services include cosmetic work, such as removal of benign moles and skin tags. Ingrown toenail surgery is also provided. These conditions do not need to be referred to a hospital, perhaps saving you a long wait or a cancelled appointment when a more serious case takes priority. If your GP is unable to provide the procedure you need, they may know a neighbouring doctor who does. Otherwise, the practice will have a list of GPs trained in particular operations.
Moles can be genetic and are often brought out by sun exposure. Most moles are innocent, but some are more unstable and may be associated with melanoma. We advise checking moles every six months, or sooner if a mole looks like it is changing.
Patients who are well known to the practice and have a stable condition like asthma, hypertension or diabetes could be allowed to get a repeat prescription for up to six months. Repeat prescriptions are never given to patients who are not known to the practice and there is a blanket ban on repeats for narcotics and other drugs that could be misused.
This refers to the treatment in which surface skin lesions are frozen using liquid nitrogen. It is a fast, effective treatment provided in many practices to treat viral warts, sun damaged skin, skin tags and many benign cosmetic lesions. It comes in a container with a nozzle and is usually applied by swab or spray. Often one treatment is all that is needed but sometimes it may need repeating after two weeks. Because it cannot be stored for too long, you will often find that your GP will treat a number of patients in succession.
Immunisation uses your body’s natural defence mechanism to build resistance to specific infections. If you have been immunised and you come into contact with that disease, your immune system will respond to prevent you developing the disease. Immunisation also helps protect against the spread of serious diseases. Traveling overseas can expose you to different illnesses and health risks. Be sure to see your GP before traveling, not only for travel advice, but also for a general check up and vaccinations. Most travel vaccines are non-funded vaccines, so there will be a cost.
Research indicates that all sexually active females between the ages of 25 and 70 should have a cervical smear test. A year after the first smear, women should have another, and thereafter every three years. This test detects abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could become cervical cancer. Very often these cells are made abnormal by a human papillomavirus (HPV) which is passed on by men during intercourse. Regular tests and treatment reduces the likelihood of this sort of cancer by
Babies are checked periodically during their first year of life to ensure that they are developing correctly. Babies are weighed and measured to make sure that they are arriving at the various developmental milestones. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed, such as difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep. They are also used to discuss immunisations.
Baby Immunisation Information
Patients should be seen by the doctor for a general check prior to immunisation. Babies are checked periodically during their first year of life to ensure that they are developing correctly. The first appointment is usually a few days after the mother and child have returned home after the birth, then a fortnight later, then monthly, up to four months then at six months, nine months, and at a year. Babies are weighed and measured to make sure that they are arriving at the various developmental milestones. Apart from checking an infant’s physical and emotional growth, these sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed, such as difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep. They are also used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations.