Phone 03 5754 3400
Caring for the Upper Kiewa Community since 1956
03 5754 3400
0830 - 5.00 Mon-Fri
10 - 12 Saturday
If you have a medical emergency phone 000 immediately. If you need to see a Doctor outside of Clinic Hours please phone the hospital on 03 5754 3500.
A nurse will triage and contact the Doctor on call if required.
We are very pleased to welcome to our team Wendy Boland who is our new receptionist. Many of you may know Wendy already, she has lived in the area for many years and raised her three daughters here. Reception is a very involved job, with lots of complex roles and responsibilities. We are sure that our patients will be understanding while Wendy is learning the ropes.
WELCOME NEW DOCTORS
Dr Matthew McAlpine comes to us as a first year GP Registrar, he will be involved in all aspects of our practice including on call, afterhours, nursing home sessions, ward rounds, vaccinations, health assessments, childhood immunisations and management plans. He is very keen to get to know our patients and plans on being involved in the community. Dr Lachlan McKeeman will be here part time for 2019. He is a second year GP Registrar and will share his time between here and Federation Clinic in Wodonga. He, like Matt will be involved in many aspects of our practice. Dr Matt will be available for appointments from the 7th of February and Dr Lachie's from 18th March 2019.. We look forward to welcoming Dr Matt and Dr Lachie to the clinic and to our community.
WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEW MEDICAL STUDENTS
We would also like to welcome our two new medical students for 2019 – Mark McOwan and Sarah Whitby. Mark and Sarah are very keen to become part of our medical team and will be assisting with all aspects of patient clinical care. We hope that you will be happy to see Mark or Sarah as well as show them what a great community we have. Mark and Sarah will be available for appointments early March. We know that you will make them feel welcome.
EXTRA ENDOCRINOLOGIST TELEHEALTH SERVICE
We have been very fortunate to have Dr Natalie Harrison work with us for the last few years. Dr Harrison is an Endocrinology who provides monthly telehealth consultations so that patients do not have to travel long distances to receive this service. Due to increased patient need, we have engaged the services of an extra Endocrinologist. Dr Miriam Bartlett from Mooroolbark Specialist Centre will be offering telehealth consultations commencing in February 2019. This is great news for our patients as it will significantly reduce the waiting time. The telehealth service provided by Dr Bartlett will run similarly to Dr Harrisons except that Mooroolbark Specialist Centre will contact the patient direct to organise a time and date for their appointment at the Mount Beauty Medical Centre where one of our local doctors will participate in the telehealth consultation.
Australian Hearing will be visiting Mount Beauty Medical Centre on Monday 25th March 2019. If you have a Pension or DVA card and are concerned about your hearing, please let the doctor know and they can organise a referral to this service. This service is not suitable for people who already have hearing aids.
MELANOMA SURVEILLANCE IMAGING
Just an early notice that Janelle Jakowenko from the Melanoma Surveillance Imaging will be visiting Mount Beauty Medical Centre on 6th, 7th and 8th May 2019. Specialist photographic and dermatology equipment is used, so keep tuned for more information. Of course if you do have a spot that you are concerned about please talk to your doctor now.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that we bulk bill all young people who live in the area and are still at school? We need their medicare number and if they are a minor, the medicare number and name and date of birth of a parent. We can then transmit the account directly to Medicare so there is no out of pocket expense.
PRACTICE EMAIL – Please be aware.
Mount Beauty Medical Centre prefer patients to contact them by phone. If patients wish to send an email to the practice it should only be under NON-URGENT circumstances. We do NOT access our emails every day and the doctor that you may address your email to, may not be in the practice for several days. While we prefer to respond to emails by phone rather than return email any information that Mount Beauty Medical Centre send via email will only be of a general nature.
MY HEALTH RECORDS
ALL Australians now have a “My Health Record” unless they choose to opt-out. It is an online summary of your key health information, it may include:
· An overview of your health uploaded by your doctor
· Hospital discharge summaries
· Reports from tests and scans
· Medications your doctor has prescribed
· Medicare and Pharmaceutical benefits scheme information
· Organ donation decisions
· Immunisation history
Your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere at any time – even if you travel interstate. Which means that in an emergency, healthcare providers can access important information about you, which may save your life. It also means you don't have to remember the names of your medications or recent tests you may have had.
There are still FREE government shingles vaccination for people aged between 70 and 79. This vaccination is for those who have not previously had the vaccine or who have had shingles in the last 12 months. If you are unsure please discuss with your doctor. All our vaccinations are bulk billed so no gap to pay.
PACE (Pulmonary and Caridac Exercise and Education program)
The PACE program has commenced being funded by Murray Primary Health Network through Alpine Health. This program involves development of a Cardiac / COPD rehabilitation clinic using group exercise programs. You can learn more about Alpine Health's PACE Program here. If you are interested in being involved please talk to your doctor.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that we bulk bill all young people who live in the area and are still at school? We need their medicare number and if they are a minor, the medicare number, name and date of birth of a parent. We can then transmit the account directly to Medicare so there is no out of pocket expence.
Did you know that Mount Beauty Medical Centre doctors are on-call afterhours 75% of the year – every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, every public holiday, every day over the Christmas and Easter periods and every third Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. If you ring the hospital, the nurse will triage you and contact the doctor if needed or requested.