Regular health check-ups are a great way to take stock and identify factors which may be putting you at a higher risk for poor health. There is no standard time interval for health check-ups as factors such as family history, pre-existing illness and medications are different for all patients. We encourage all patients to see their doctor regularly for basic health checks such as blood pressure, body mass index and waist size.
Some of our general medicine services include:
Spirometry (respiratory function tests)
It is important to protect yourself and your family from serious and preventable diseases and infections. Our GPs can provide the protection you need with vaccinations for children, travel, your work and more.
Childhood vaccinations are recommended at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months and 4 years of age.Check with your doctor for more information.
The best way to protect yourself fromskin cancer is to use sun protection and have regular skin examinations by a doctor.
When doing a skin check, the doctor will take an in-depth history of the health of your skin and assess your risk factors for skin cancer. They will then look over your skin carefully using very high magnification that allows the doctor look into the structure of the skin. The doctor will discuss the any findings with you and will make recommendations based on your individual skin cancer risk factors.
The doctors at Merthyr Medical Centre can perform complex excisions in the clinic using plastic surgery and reconstructive techniques, like flap repairs and grafts on the face, nose, ears, scalp, and lower legs.
If you are not feeling yourself or think that you may be experiencing a mental health condition, speaking to a GP is a great place to start.
Our doctors can help you with a range of mental health issues including:
Self-harm and self-injury
Phobias like flight or social anxiety
Grief and loss
Our doctors provide:
Antenatal health (monitoring the health and well-being of mum and baby before conception and during pregnancy)
Chronic Disease Management
Our GPs specialise in managing chronic (long term) conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic pain and many others.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment which involves injecting veins directly or under ultrasound guidance with a sclerosant, which removes the veins permanently.
Dr Hugh Wall has a post graduate qualification in sclerotherapy and is experienced in treating cosmetic and more serious problem leg veins from spider veins to large varicose veins. Dr Wall does ultrasound guided sclerotherapy as well as direct vision sclerotherapy here in the surgery.
Treatment involves an initial consultation where the best course of treatment is determined.
Most patients will require two sessions of direct vision sclerotherapy at $250 per session. Additional costs are: sclerosant at $25 per session and graduated compression stockings at around $150 a pair (fully refundable from most private health funds).
Patients with more extensive varicose veins may require ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.This is charged at $600 per leg with a medicare rebate of $97.Often two sessions are required.
Aviation, Dive, Commercial Driving And Pre-employment Medicals
Dr Michael Horwood is a qualified Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). He can complete Aviation Medicals for commercial and private pilot’s licences and air traffic controllers:
Commercial pilots (Class 1) – basic medical as well as ancillary test, such as an audiogram, ECG, blood tests for glucose and lipids. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 1 medical certificate is valid for one year.
Private pilots (Class 2) – basic medical but not the additional ancillary tests. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 2 medical certificate is valid for four years for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of issue or two years for those aged over 40 years.
Air Traffic Controllers (Class 3) – basic medical but not the additional ancillary tests. Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a Class 3 medical certificate is valid for two years.
Dr Horwood also does Commercial and Recreational Diving medicals.
All doctors can do commercial driving license or pre-employment medicals.
Medicals are conducted via appointment only and must be booked in advance. Phone our clinic on (07) 3254 1400 to book a medical. Prior to your appointment, all online payment to the registered body (eg CASA) needs to be processed, and all online paperwork is to be completed prior to your visit.
Our doctors are experienced in a range of women’s health issues including:
Fertility and conception
Contraception options available to you
Insertion and removal of the Implanon hormonal contraceptive implant which is placed just under the skin of the forearm and works by releasing small amounts of hormone providing birth control for up to three years
Sexual health - knowing about your body and how it works and keeping yourself and others safe
Helping you through the physical, social and emotional changes that come with puberty, pregnancy and menopause
Information and support when things go wrong, such as an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection
GP Management Plan
If you have a chronic medical condition, you may be eligible for a GP Management plan (GPMP).GPMPs helps your GP coordinate your medical care with other health professionals.The GPMP will provide comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information about your condition and treatment, and you may be entitled to subsidised sessions with allied and other health care providers.
Our doctors provide a range of men’s health services including:
Mental health checks
Diabetes risk assessments
Erectile/ sexual dysfunction management
Prostate cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening
The doctor will meet with you to discuss whether you would benefit from an iron infusion, and then an appointment will be scheduled in the following days to have the infusion. The infusion takes about 20 minutes, but patients are to stay for observation for a further 30 minutes afterwards.
We offer iron infusions using Ferinject which is not a blood product (and is therefore suitable for Jehovah’s Witnesses),and does not have the risks of blood transfusion. It is also considered safe to use after the first trimester of pregnancy (when benefits outweigh risks) and during breastfeeding.