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PATHOLOGY SERVICES

We provide multiple pathology services and tests on-site for your convenience!



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Pathology Services

Bloods Tests, Skin allergy testing, Iron infusion, Implanon insertion, Skin biopsies, Ingrown toenail excision, Joint injections, Cryotherapy, 24hr BP monitor, ECG, Spirometry




Health Checks

Skin checks using superior equipment (dermatoscopy & photography), Health checks, Weight & Smoking Management, Chronic Disease Assessment (Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease, etc.)




Travel Clinic

We provide expert Travel Advice and Immunisations on-site, including for Yellow Fever. Please come at least 1 month before you travel and bring your itinerary & travel questionnaire.




Hypnotherapy & NLP

Get rid of difficult problems quickly, effectively, and drug free. We specialise in managing Smoking cessation, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Phobias, Weight management, and others.




Pathology Services

Blood tests can be taken by either our doctors or practice nurses, who are fully qualified in providing a range of pathology services. Please ensure that you have fasted for 8-12 hours if a fasting blood test is required. Plain water consumption is acceptable and is encouraged to ensure good hydration. If you are a diabetic on medications, please ask your doctor for instructions.

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Pap Test / Pap Nurse

All our doctors provide Pap Testing (Papsmears). However, our practice nurse, Kim, is also an accredited Pap Test Provider. She is very gentle and also provides breast and sexual health checks as well.

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Iron infusion

Iron deficiency is very common from various causes. If it is severe, it may cause significant tiredness and dizziness due to iron deficiency anaemia. Taking oral iron tablets or/and injections may cause many undesirable side effect and is often poorly effective. Iron infusions are considered much more effective and rapid. They can be given intravenously in the hospital over many hours. However, a new product of comparable effectiveness and safety, called Ferinject (Ferric Carboxymaltose), is now available and can be infused through a drip intravenously over 15 minutes (or less depending on the dosage required) in our medical clinic. Patients will then need to be observed for 30 minutes afterwards. These are suitable for patients with iron deficiency anaemia above 13 years old only.

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Electrocardiogram
(12-lead ECG)

ECG is a medical device that can detect many heart abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart. Unlike simple ECGs, 12-Lead ECGs provide the most accurate and highest quality recording. Our doctors and nurses are adept at performing and reading ECGs.

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Skin Allergy Testing Instructions

Skin Allergy Testing

Allergies like hay fever and eczema are very common and disruptive. One way to help determine what causes your allergy is to do a skin allergy test. It is a simple test where we prick the skin of your forearm with eight common allergens. Management for people with severe allergies include avoidance and preventative strategies, as well as immunotherapy. Immunotherapy can be given by injections or, more recently, through oral medication, depending on the offending allergen. Certain medications, like antihistamines, must NOT be taken before the test. Some people are also not suitable for the test (e.g. have had anaphylaxis).

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24hr Ambulatory BP Monitoring

This is considered a very accurate way to determine if you have a high blood pressure problem (hypertension).

Our staff will put the appropriate device on you to be worn at home over 24 hours. It automatically tracks your blood pressure over 24 hours, allowing us to determine accurately the results, and ultimately, decide if you will need long term treatment.

We charge a small fee of $40 (other providers charge over $150) for this service as Medicare does not provide a rebate for it. Please ensure the device does not get wet and is returned to our clinic the following day for data analysis.

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Spirometry / Lung Function Testing

This test is very accurate and is used to diagnose asthma, COAD, and a number of lung diseases. It is very important that the test is done correctly.

We would request that you do not:

  • Smoke for 4 hours prior to testing
  • Consume alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment
  • Do vigorous exercise for 30 minutes before
  • Wear clothes that restrict chest movement
  • Eat a substantial meal for 2 hours before
  • Use your short acting bronchodilator inhaler (e.g. Ventolin) on the day of the test (if possible)

If you are on long acting inhalers (e.g. Seretide, Spririva, Serevent), then you should continue using these unless requested to stop by your doctor. Please do not undertake if you are afflicted with a cough or cold.


Spirometry Factsheet

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24hr Holter Monitor

Twenty-four hour Holter monitoring is a continuous test to record your heart’s rate and rhythm for 24 hours. You wear the Holter monitor for 24 hours as you go about your normal daily routine.

It can pick up not only your heart’s rate and rhythm but also when you feel chest pains or exhibit symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia (palpitations, dizziness, light-headness, etc.)

Keep the Holter monitor dry to ensure it functions properly. Take a bath or shower before your appointment to have the monitor fitted and don’t apply any lotions or creams. Avoid activities that might lead to the monitor getting wet.

Magnetic and electrical fields may interfere with the function of the Holter monitor. Avoid areas of high voltage while wearing the monitor.

We charge a small fee of $50 for this service. Please ensure the device is returned to our clinic the following day for data analysis by a Cardiologist.

Spirometry testing will take half an hour and is not easy! Please watch the following video from the National Asthma Council Australia before your test.


Implanon Insertion

Implanon is a small flexible rod used for contraception. It is implanted under the skin of the upper arm and, according to most literature, is at least 99.9% effective. It lasts 3 years and is not expensive (the device cost about $36 for non-health care card holders and $6 for health care card holders). Our doctors are qualified to prescribe, insert, and remove Implanons.

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