The General Practitioner– Oakleigh & District is the new face of the former ‘Oakleigh and District Health Centre’. Our team at The General Practitioner strives to deliver a fresh approach to comprehensive general practice care to the community of Oakleigh and surrounding suburbs. Book an appointment: +61 3 9568 8932
Mon - Fri08:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Our doctors have extensive clinical experience in dealing with all areas of healthcare. At The General Practitioner we provide a range of medical services.
Please note: Bulk Billing Doctors’ appointments at The General Practitioner – Oakleigh & District are available to valid Medicare, DVA, Pension and Health Care Concession Card holders.
The General Practitioner– Oakleigh & District is the new face of the former ‘Oakleigh and District Health Centre’ located at 139 Warrigal Road. Our team at The General Practitioner strives to deliver a fresh approach to comprehensive general practice care to the individuals, families and community of Oakleigh and surrounding suburbs. Our specialist general practitioners are here to provide you with quality life-long healthcare with that local family practice feel.
Skin cancer is the MOST common cancer diagnosed in Australia. Here in Australia we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Not only is the sun’s ☀️ UV light a cause of skin cancer, it can also cause eye damage and premature ageing.
Can we prevent these? YES!
5 steps for the best protection from the sun include: 1. Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible 2. Wear a hat – preferably broad brimmed 3. Wear sunscreen that is SPF30 (or above) that is broad spectrum and water resistant (apply it at least 20m before going in the sun and reapply regularly) 4. Seek shade 5. Wear sunglasses outside during daylight hours
Avoid being outside when UV is at its greatest (eg: In the middle of the day between 10am -2pm) and check the UV rating.
Most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early, so it’s important to regularly check your skin for any changes or new spots and see your doctor as soon as possible if you notice anything unusual.
See cancer.org.au and www.sunsmart.com.au for more information on how to protect yourself. For any concerns, speak to your GP.
Hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral infection commonly affecting kids under 10. It commonly causes a rash or blisters in or around the mouth and on the hands and feet. They can appear as white blisters or red/brown spots. HFMD is easily spread to others by respiratory droplets or from contact with blister fluid and can remain in faeces for several weeks.
Symptoms of rash often appear 3-7 days after becoming infected and last for 7-10 days. Children may have fever, rash, feel tired and have reduced appetite due to painful mouth ulcers.
HFMD will get better on its own and does not require specific treatment. If the child is uncomfortable pain relief eg children's paracetamol can be used. Children may need small frequent sips of water to prevent dehydration.
To prevent the spread of HFMD: Keep the child home from childcare/school and avoid contact with other children until all the fluid in blisters have dried, ensure the affected child does not share cutlery, towels, bottles etc with others and always wash hands thoroughly after touching the child’s bodily fluids.
If your child is unwell, take them to their GP ASAP to be reviewed.
If your child is unwell with fever and a purple/red spotty rash that does NOT go away when pressed on – attend Emergency ASAP as this may be a sign of meningococcal disease.
Thursday 24th Dec (Christmas Eve) 0900-1400 Friday 25th Dec (Christmas Day) CLOSED Saturday 26th Dec (Boxing Day) CLOSED Sunday 27th Dec CLOSED Monday 28th Dec CLOSED Tuesday 29th Dec 0900-1400 Wednesday 30th Dec 0900-1400 Thursday 31st Dec (New Year's Eve) 0900-1400 Friday 1st Jan (New Year's day) CLOSED Saturday 2nd Jan CLOSED Sunday 3rd Jan CLOSED Monday 4th Jan 0800-2000 (normal hours)
Did you know that you should speak to your GP BEFORE you start trying for a baby? Having a discussion with your GP BEFORE you stop contraception and/or 3-6 months prior to trying is ideal.
Being as healthy as possible before you get pregnant increases the chance that things go well for both yourself and your baby. There are many things to be discussed with your doctor before you start trying, to identify any potential problems which may complicate pregnancy so that steps can be taken to manage them prior to pregnancy and ensure you are as healthy as possible to enable good outcomes.
These discussions may surround: - Personal medical history, surgical history and family history - Optimising current physical health, mental health and weight - Reviewing medications, diet and lifestyle – Did you know some medications can cause birth defects? - Seeing if you are up to date with immunisations and if you may require any to ensure you and your baby are kept safe - Screening and treatment of any infectious diseases - Supplements required prior to and during pregnancy eg folic acid and iodine (some women may require additional supplements so speak to your doctor first) - Discussions about genetic screening
Always speak to your GP to get recommendations that are specific to you and your situation – Don’t rely on what friends or family have told you, as it may not be the most up to date information or may not be appropriate for your situation.
Osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones brittle and prone to breakage. It occurs when bones lose calcium quicker than the body can replace it, meaning bones become thin and less dense. Any bone in the body can be affected and so even a small bump or fall can lead to the bones breaking.
There are NO symptoms of osteoporosis and it’s often discovered once a bone has been fractured aka broken.
Maintaining bone health is a MUST for BOTH MEN and WOMEN to prevent loss of independence, chronic pain, disability and even death which can occur as a result of a fracture.
Although women are at greater risk of osteoporosis, men are also at risk. Low calcium intake and low vitamin D levels play a role, but so does family history, one’s medical history and lifestyle factors.
Some tips: 1) Increase calcium intake – adults require 1,000mg per day (1,300mg if over 50). 2) Get adequate vitamin D 3) Exercise regularly including weight bearing exercise which improves bone strength
Whether you are under or over 50,speak to your GP about your individual risks, how to improve your bone health and if you are eligible for screening and treatment for osteoporosis.
Visit Osteoporosis Australia www.osteoporosis.org.au for more info on osteoporosis, risk factors and how you can prevent it.