Standard appointments are booked at 15 minute intervals. If you have several issues or a complex problem we encourage you to book an extended appointment. We will try to complete your care efficiently at the one visit when possible. Longer appointments are billed at a higher rate but the gap remains about the same (see Practice Fees and Costs).
During a scheduled appointment, some patients ask for another family member to be treated as well. Please don’t be offended if we advise you to arrange a separate appointment. “Squeezing” patients into your appointment can have a negative impact on the quality of advice given or cause other patients to wait longer and is discouraged.
Extended Appointments and Medical Examinations.
Complex or multiple medical problems will require a longer appointment to allow adequate time for proper assessment and treatment. Please feel comfortable to ask for an extended appointment if you feel it is required.
Medical examinations for drivers licenses and other purposes require special bookings with the doctor and nurse. Please explain the type of medical exam to our receptionist who will be happy to make the required scheduling. Check with the employer or institution about any forms required to bring with you (and be sure to complete all relevant sections beforehand). You will also need to bring a form of identification such as your driver’s license and your glasses if you have them.
Procedures and Skin Care
Tanti Creek General Practice has a well equipped Procedures Room for minor surgery. Most conditions will require a prior appointment to assess the most appropriate management. Your doctor will then make arrangements for a procedure booking.
Dr Steer has a special interest in skin cancer management and is Director at the new Mornington Skin Cancer Clinic co-located with the general practice. He works with our other GPs who also have skin cancer training. We employ high magnification dermoscopy and digital photography to improve skin cancer detection and accuracy of diagnosis. Under local anaesthetic, we can biopsy or remove skin lesions.
In addition to surgical treatment we can treat skin conditions with cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), hyfrecation (electrical diathermy) and chemical treatments such as Aldara and Efudix. For more complex skin cancer, we will work with a specialist dermatologist or plastic surgeon to get the best results for you.
We are also able to treat minor fractures and wounds that require suturing.
4 Year Old ‘Healthy Kids Check’ and Immunisation
A Government initiative since 2011 is the ‘Healthy Kids Check’. This is a health screening for pre-school children aged between three and five. It includes an overview of the child’s development and checks such as eyesight, hearing and motor skills, as well as the option of providing the routine four year old immunisations at the same visit.
The Healthy Kids Check takes approximately 45-60 minutes depending on whether immunisations are required. The visit commences with the nurse who completes most of the assessment, followed by a review with the doctor.
The aim of the check is to identify any concerns you may have with your child’s general health or development in preparation for school. It is not for the treatment of ongoing or acute illness. The check is connected to Family Benefits payments, but is otherwise optional. For our existing patients, there is no cost to you for the visit and any immunisations are bulk-billed.
Immunisations recommended for children in the National Immunisation Schedule are free (consultations bulkbilled)
Please contact our clinic if you wish to book your child for a Healthy Kids Check: Advise our receptionist of the reason for the appointment, whether your child has been seen by a doctor at the clinic previously or not, and whether or not your child will need his/her four-year-old immunisations. Please note: If your child is new to our clinic there will be a little extra paperwork and time involved as for all our new patients.
Need a referral to a physio,podiatrist or psychologist for Medicare?
If your health professional (physio,podiatrist or psychologist or other) advises you to get a referral so you can claim Medicare benefits, the Government has special requirements. We are able to help with these but will need to see you to assess your eligibility as required by Medicare. The process requires patients have a GP management plan and a “team care arrangement” (or for a psychologist referral a mental health assessment and plan) in order to obtain these benefits. These consultations require a longer appointment time and must be done in person for you to obtain the Medicare benefit.
Appointments for Health Assessments
These include Assessment for Children with a Disability or possible Autism, Refugee Health Assessment, Aboriginal Health Assessment, Annual Health Assessment for People Aged 75 years and older, and the Diabetes Annual Review.
These appointments generally require special arrangements and longer appointments. Please advise our receptionist if booking for any of these.