WOMENS HEALTH – WE HAVE FEMALE GPs

Pap Smear tests are a screening test for women involving an examination of the cervix (neck 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.

Breast examinations are 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 an annual breast examination by your doctor and in addition, if you are 40 years or older, you should also have a second yearly mammogram.

VASECTOMIES

Vasectomies are performed (usually on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) under local anaesthetic in conjunction with an awake light anaesthetic. It is relatively painless and mild discomfort from the procedure may last for a few days only. An appointment to discuss the procedure and its requirements is needed a few weeks prior to the operation.

VACCINATIONS AND IMMUNISATIONS

The surgery provides vaccination for all childhood immunisations. The majority of these vaccines are provided free of charge. Routine childhood vaccinations are bulk billed and are associated with a child health check.
Vaccinations that do attract a fee are Hepatitis A & B, Influenza (for those aged under 65), newer infant vaccines and travel vaccinations, however, these are able to be claimed by private health insurance.

TRAVEL IMMUNISATIONS

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 so before travelling.

SICK CANCER CHECKS

Living in Far North Queensland makes its residents at higher risk of skin cancer than other locations in Australia. It is therefore recommended that you have an annual check. Clifton Beach Medical are the skin cancer checking specialists on the Northern Beached of Cairns. Our doctors are highly trained and our surgery is well equipped to check, detect, and perform minor surgery.

MINOR OPERATIONS

The practice is equipped to do most minor surgical procedures, involving removal of skin cancers, skin grafting, ingrown toenail surgery, vasectomy and cryotherapy. Cryotherapy (freezing of skin lesions ie cancers, warts etc)

GENERAL FAMILY HEALTH CARE

Clifton Beach Medical have highly experience GP’s ready to take care of your family. From pre-natal, to post natal infant care,  childhood, adulthood, and elderly care, we are here to help.

DIETITIAN SERVICES

Our Accredited Practising Dietitian Natalie Thompson is available for appointments on Saturdays. Our Dietitian services cover;

  • Weight Management (Desire to lose or gain weight),
  • Bowel issues,
  • Palliative Care,
  • Cancer (oncology) Management,
  • Intolerances and Allergies,
  • General Health assessments / general nutrition,
  • Medicare, Private Health Fund and DVA rebates available.

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST

Dr Lindsay Martin provides consultant psychiatric service to the Northern Beaches of Cairns. Working from Clifton Beach Medical. Lindsay is highly experienced in the following fields

  • Child/youth/adult and aged psychiatry
  • PTSD
  • Neuropsychiatry including ADHD
  • Medico-legal
  • Addiction

ANTENATAL CARE

If you are currently pregnant or planning a family, the Doctors and the staff at Clifton Beach Medical and Surgical are well equipped with all aspects of antenatal care. Our Doctors are keen to share your antenatal care with either the Cairns Base Hospital or with a private obstetrician of your choice. The Doctors are also available to talk about prepregnancy planning.

The obstetric protocols followed by Clifton Beach Medical & Surgical are those accepted by the Far North Qld Rural Division of General Practice and the Cairns Base Hospital Obstetrics Department.