High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. Adults are advised to have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. If you have not had your blood ressure checked recently, please ask the doctor.
It is a good idea for all women to examine their own breasts regularly for lumps. If you are not sure how to do this your doctor will be able to show you. We also suggest breast examination by the doctor if you attend for a smear test. A mammogram every second years, especially from 50 years of age, is also recommended.
It is important to report any breast changes to your doctor immediately. This include lumps, thickened areas, nipple changes or discharge as well as skin dimpling or puckering. Nine out of ten lumps are NOT cancer but it is important to have any lump checked.
We have a regular Diabetic Clinic held at the centre. Please contact reception for an appointment. This common disorder is often unrecognised. Please let us know if you have a family history of this disorder.. Some early indicators could be frequent urination and/or unusual thirst.
Shared care can be provided by some of our general practitioners who participate in the programme through Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick.
Specialist referral to the Antenatal Clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women or a private Obstetrician of your choice can be arranged.
This practice has a special interest in women’s health, particularly in menopause and osteoporosis.
PAP SMEAR TESTS
Smear tests are a screening test for women involving an examination of the cervix (net of the womb). Sample cells are removed from the cervix to check for changes which occur prior to cancer developing. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented. We recommend that all women up to the age of 70 years who are or have been sexually active should have regular smears unless otherwise advised by the Doctor.
PATHOLOGY, ECG, STRESS ECG
We provide a full range of on-site pathology services. We perform cardiograms which all patients with hypertension or heart disease should have regularly.
It is recommended that all men over the age of 45 years attend annually for a check-up, particularly if there is a family history of prostate disease or cancer.
Regular checkups are especially important for people with excessive exposure to the sun. So come in and see one of our doctors.
We strongly encourage a No Smoking policy. Quit smoking is supported by all staff and we are happy to assist you in any possible way. There is no doubt that smoking is a major health hazard.
Our trained doctors are able to diagnose and treat sports injuries and arrange appropriate physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
If you are travelling overseas, you may need extra vaccinations. Please contact the surgery in good time, as some vaccinations need to be given a month or more, before travelling overseas.
VACCINATIONS & IMMUNISATIONS
We strongly encourage all children to complete all their immunisations as per the recommended Schedule. These can be arranged through your doctor.
Adults: We also support immunisation of all adults; for tetanus, diphtheria and polio and selected at risk adults for Hepatitis B and influenza. The risk from vaccination is very small.