Glover Street Surgery offers a wide range of services for all ages and all health conditions.
If you have never visited us before and would like to sign up as a new patient, simply click the button below to download and fill in a New Patient Form. Please bring your completed form to reception prior to your appointment.
As we get older, many of us become more vulnerable to illness. To reduce this, we would like to invite you to make an appointment to come into the Glover Street Surgery for a health check. The federal government has recently introduced a new health check. It is for everyone aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, like diabetes or heart problems.
The aim of the health check is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of disease. After all, it is better to avoid disease than treat it. This health check will give us the opportunity to look at your lifestyle and medical/family history to find out if you are at risk.
The health check involves:
- - Updating your medical history and looking at your health issues
- - Doing tests (such as blood pressure tests), if required
- - Follow up of any problems identified
- - Advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your health
If you are currently within the age of 45 and 49 you may have a “risk factor”. This meaning anything that increases your chance of developing a disease, then you are entitled to a health check.
Risk factors may include:
- - High blood pressure
- - Lack of physical activity
- - Extra weight
- - Unbalanced diet
- - High cholesterol
- - Family history of disease (e.g. cancer, glaucoma, heart disease, depression or diabetes)
- - Smoking
- - High stress levels
- - Sun Exposure
There is no cost for this service as it is covered by Medicare. When booking your appointment, please ensure to let the reception staff know that it is for a 45-49 Year Old Health Check so they can allocate an appropriate time period for the doctor. Also, if you have any friends or family members that would be entitled to such a check, talk to them about it and encourage them to visit their usual doctor.
At the Glover Street Surgery, Aged Care is a clinical area to which we devote significant attention. General Practitioners at the Glover Street Surgery are skilled in assessing and treating many of the common clinical conditions that occur in the aging population including ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, chronic obstructive airways disease, kidney disease and cerebrovascular disease.
A number of the doctors in the practice care for residents in the local aged care hostels and nursing homes. With a common and genuine concern for the community and its mature residents, Glover Street Surgery provide quality of care and service provision to all older residents in Lake Macquarie. Older residents may receive assistance from a variety of programs and a number of services for the aged. Glover Street Suregry doctor’s will advise, answer questions and provide information regarding these different types of services or programs without breaching confidentiality or privacy.
With your best interest and health at heart, and your history on-hand, the doctor’s at Glover Street Surgery are the best people to see for aged care. Make the most of your mature years; make an appointment today to see one of our friendly practitioners.
Glover Street Surgery Doctors have doctors and nurses that are trained to manage Asthma Appointments are available daily with the Nurse Educator.
The session will involve:
- - Taking notes on your history of asthma
- - Discussing current medications and correct device use and correct dose
- - Lung function test
- - Education on medications, Asthma Action Plan and Emergency Care
- - All reviewed by your GP with ongoing management
Asthma is a treatable health condition.
Although at present there is no cure, with good management people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.
The key to living with asthma is keeping it under control. This means learning about what causes your symptoms, how to avoid these triggers and how to use your medications correctly.
It is important that you see your doctor for regular check-ups so that he/she can work with you to monitor and control your asthma. Together with your doctor, you can fill in your personal written Asthma Action Plan that will help you monitor and manage your asthma.
People who follow their plans are likely to have better controlled asthma, fewer asthma attacks and fewer days off work or school because of their asthma.
Don’t let asthma get in the way of your everyday life.
he Hearing Hub tailors hearing services and solutions to their clients unique hearing loss and needs.
We are solely focused on providing high quality outcomes for our clients with excellent aftercare service.
Being independent means we use the most up to date hearing aid technology provided by all manufacturers across the hearing aid industry. This gives our clinicians more choice to help find you the optimal hearing solution.
At The Hearing Hub we offer:
- - Free hearing services for Pensioners and Veterans which includes the fitting of free ‘top up’ hearing aids if required.
- - Tailored hearing aid fittings.incorporating hearing aids and hearing aid accessories that contain the most up to date innovation and technological advances in the hearing aid industry across all manufacturers.
- - High-quality aftercare service on all products purchased from The Hearing Hub.
- - Home and Nursing Home visits
- - After hours appointments
- - 4-week free hearing aid trials on all products
- - 30-day money back guarantee satisfaction on all products
- - 3-year manufacturer’s warranty on all hearing aids
- - Workers compensation/Industrial deafness hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings
- - Pre-employment hearing assessments
- - Payment plans
- - Hearing aid prices
For your convenience, we can be found at six offices across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region. We provide free home and Nursing Home visits upon request. After hour appointments are also available upon request.
For more information about hearing aids and home hearing visits, or to book a free hearing test at one of our offices in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Hawks Nest, East Maitland or Singleton, contact us today on (02) 4910 4074.
Child Health is an area of clinical medicine that is of great importance to all the doctors at the Glover Street Surgery.
If you are a parent, you would know that all children are susceptible to a range of illnesses. When it comes to the health of your child, one of the most important things a parent can do is to immunise their child. We offer the full childhood immunisation schedule at the Glover Street Surgery and have a state of the art vaccine fridge. We have a computerised recall system for childhood vaccinations.
At the Glover Street Surgery we treat a broad range of childhood complaints including ear infections, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, viral gastroenteritis, asthma and eczema to name a few. The prompt assessment and treatment of the unwell child is a priority for the practice.
Diabetes Mellitus is a common condition that can affect individuals from early childhood, adolescence and all the way through adult life. At the Glover Street Surgery, the doctors take a particular interest in the diagnosis, assessment & management of both Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic condition in which excellent blood glucose control and paying close attention to treating other risk factors can significantly reduce the risk of long term complications. We work closely with dietician, exercise physiologist and podiatrist to assist with the management of our diabetic patients. Where appropriate we also have local endocrinologists who we consult as part of the management team for our patients with diabetes mellitus.
With the growing obesity rate in Australia, we now have more cases of diabetes as a result. Your eating habits could put you at risk of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. If you already have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and are on insulin, you should be carefully monitored . Our staff understand diabetes, can teach you how the food you eat changes your blood glucose level, and how to coordinate your diabetes medications and eating for optimal health.
At the Glover Street Surgery we are very much a family oriented practice. It is not uncommon for us to be looking after three generations of the same family. We cater for those trying to conceive, pregnant women, birth, babies, toddlers’ right through to teenage years as well as all related issues to mums and dads. Men’s and women’s health is also a major concern to us, as in our busy daily lives we can sometimes neglect our own medical problems.
The concept of family medicine includes an awareness of the social & psychological background of the family, and maintaining excellent communication when illness or injury affects a family member. We are mindful of the differing health needs as a person moves from childhood, to adolescence, to adult life and then to the latter years of their life.
We are also very aware of, and cater to the needs of men’s health, and are sensitive and professional when it comes to sensitive procedures such as prostate checks. We understand that such subjects are not openly talked about, so act most ethically as possible when it comes to confidentiality. See Men’s Health for more information.
At Glover Street Surgery, you can be reassured of your family’s health because we offer a variety of services under the same roof, catering to the whole family regarding of their age, level of health or medical condition.
In November 1999 the Federal Government initiated a yearly “health care assessment” consultation available through Medicare. This is to support motivated GP’s to provide health assessments for their patients. All Australians aged 75 and over and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders aged 55 and over are eligible. We bulk bill everyone, pensioner or not for the service.Annual, voluntary health assessments for older Australians provide an opportunity for your doctor at
Glover Street Surgery to undertake an in-depth assessment of your health. Health assessments cover the patient’s medical, physical, psychological and social function.
What does this health assessment mean to you?
It provides an opportunity for your doctor to take a thorough look at some of the health problems that you may encounter. It is designed to support preventive measures to improve your quality of life.
Some of the issues addressed will include:
- - Daily activities and how well you can do these
- - Your nutritional status
- - Risk of falls and injury i.e. review of home safety
- - Mood & risk of depression
- - Memory capacity
- - Vision & hearing levels
- - Social interaction and support
- - Risk of heart attack, stroke & diabetes
- - Bladder & bowel function
- - Smoking & alcohol intake
- - Immunisation status
- - Medications; both prescribed and over the counter
Overall a health assessment is a very valuable activity to enable a comprehensive appraisal of all your health needs and discover any medical problems as well as ask a health professional any relevant questions that relate to your health. The service is fully bulk-billed and is conducted in your home or in clinic. Call our reception team to make an appointment and one of our friendly nurses will organise your annual health assessment to get a realistic idea of your medical situation.
Dr Latha Srinivasan
Occasionally we need assistance coping with everyday life. Individuals are able to seek professional help to clarify their concerns, explore options and possibilities and adopt more effective coping strategies to help improve the quality of their everyday lives. Latha Srinivasan is a psychologist who assists individuals to achieve these positive results. Identifying and addressing individual concerns is vital to good mental health and Latha has years of experience and an extensive record of providing assistance in many areas. Latha is available at the Glover Street Surgery to assist individuals with a wide range of conditions and concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, stress and anger management issues, relationship conflict, sleeping difficulties, weight management, adjustment to injury and illness, self-esteem and self-confidence, and alcohol, substance and gambling issues to name a few. Latha uses a range of evidence based psychological treatments to assist the individual in achieving mental health.
Latha assists people to identify patterns (of thinking, feeling and doing) and changing these patterns by noticing what they are doing when things are going better. Repeating the same patterns means you will get the same results, however by doing something different, change usually happens. Latha assists individuals to focus on identifying what they are doing that works or has worked well and also to identify personal strengths and resources that individuals may have difficulty finding.
Private health fund rebates apply and are available through private health funds. Alternatively, rebates may be available, on referral from your GP through the Medical Benefits Scheme; however this needs to be discussed with your GP. Dr Latha additionally consults with veterans for a range of issues. Latha Srinivasan is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Division of Independent Professional Practice, and abides by the highest professional standards and ethical guidelines, which include issues such as client confidentiality and duty of care.
If you have questions, seek advice or information on your own personal mental health, you can make an appointment to see Latha at Glover Street Surgery please phone the practice on (02) 4945 4619, (02) 4945 4323, (02) 4945 2911, (02) 4945 4295 . Latha visits every Tuesday noon and every Wednesday all day.
Two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.Have you had your skin checked recently for skin cancer and Melanoma? Please organise a appointment to see our doctor.
Skin cancer is an almost totally preventable form of cancer; 95 per cent of skin cancers are treatable if they are detected early. Regular checks of your skin should detect any suspicious moles or spots as soon as they develop.
Melanoma is a disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the cells that colour the skin. While this cancer is usually found in adults, it is occasionally found in younger people. If a mole or pigmented area doesn’t look normal, your doctor at Glover Street Surgery will cut it out (called local excision) and look at it under the microscope to see if it contains cancer. The screening is done in our clinic and is a relatively quick procedure. It is important that this biopsy is done correctly; as early detection means that your doctor can treat or refer sooner.
You should see your doctor if you have any of the following warning signs of melanoma: change in the size, shape, or colour of a mole; oozing or bleeding from a mole; or a mole that feels itchy, hard, lumpy, swollen, or tender to the touch. Melanoma can also appear on the body as a new mole. Men most often get melanoma on the trunk (the area of the body between the shoulders and hips) or on the head or neck; women most often get melanoma on the arms and legs.
Screening the body for melanoma can potentially lead to earlier diagnosis, thinner tumours and less chance of death from the cancer. If you want to have your skin checked, the doctor’s at Glover Street Surgery are the best people to see as they will know your full history and can provide follow up care. If you have been treated for skin cancer it is a good idea to have your skin checked by your doctor on a regular basis.
Doctors at the Glover Street Surgery all have an interest in Women’s Health. Dr Laura Heal and Dr Sonya McClure have special intrest in womens health
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Cervical cancer and pre-cancerous changes in the cervix are also common problems. Regular mammograms and Pap Smears are therefore very important screening tests to consider.
Other areas of Women’s Health where care is provided at the Golden Beach Medical Centre include:
- - Antenatal care
- - Postnatal care
- - Breast Health e.g. mastalgia, mastitis or nipple discharge
- - Treatment of menopausal symptoms
- - Hormone Replacement Therapy
- - Reproductive health issues e.g. infertility; pelvic inflammatory disease
- - Menstrual problems e.g. heavy or painful periods, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome
- - Ovarian problems e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian cysts
- - Uterine problems e.g. uterine fibroids
- - Sexually transmitted diseases e.g. Chlamydia, Herpes, HPV, trichinosis
- - Discussion re indications for the new HPV vaccine
- - Genital Health; candida infections, bacterial vaginosis
- - Osteoporosis
- - Urinary Incontinence
If you are a women, sexually active, have questions, seek advice or information, then make an appointment to see your doctor at Glover Street Surgery
Additional medical services
We closely work with Infocus radiology and DHM pathology which are located near our premises.
In focus radiology provides various services like x rays, CT scans, joint injections and biopsies.