Have you ever wondered if you need a ‘health check up’ even though you’re feeling healthy?
We interviewed Dr Sir-Kit Leong, General Practitioner at SmartClinics Clayfield Medical Centre to find out when you should start having a general health check, and what’s involved…
Q: What exactly is a health check?
Dr Leong: To put simply, it’s an analysis of your current lifestyle and medical history to find out if we need to work on anything to reduce your risk of developing chronic health problems or diseases. The goal is to help you to lead a healthier life so we look at ways to make that happen.
Q: How old should you be when you have your first check up?
Dr Leong: Health checks are important for everybody, regardless of your age, even if you’re feeling healthy. Health checks are advised for patients who are aged 40 – 49, and above 60 years old. Nonetheless there are preventative health measures which are important too in children and young adults.
As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure.
Q: How often should I have a check up and where can I get one?
Dr Leong: For anyone aged under 60, I’d recommend a health check every two to five years. For patients 60 years and older, more regular checks may be required based on their individual health level. I run a weekly health check clinic here at our Clayfield clinic as it’s one of my special areas of interest, but any SmartClinics Doctor can also provide a check up.
Q: How long does it take and what’s involved?
Dr Leong: Depending on the age and health of the patient, health checks generally take around 30 minutes. For your first appointment, I’d allow 45 minutes. A health check for a child or young adult is significantly different from a middle aged or mature aged person. It’s really a case-by-case approach as every patient’s health is different and so is their family history.
Q: So what are some examples of the things you check for or discuss?
Dr Leong: For adults, I screen for osteoporosis in females over 45 years old and men aged over 50 aside from cardiovascular and diabetes check. We also discuss smoking, nutrition, alcohol, and their physical activity.
It also provides an opportunity for us to discuss the role of screening blood tests, which patients commonly enquire about, but may not be necessary.
I track the BMI (body mass index) weight chart regularly for patients regardless of age. For instance, this check is particularly important for children in their first 4 years of life, as weight >85th percentile for their age increases their risk of obesity as an adult.
With adolescent patients we talk about their mental health, sexual health, and challenges transitioning into adulthood. Sometimes young patients find these topics hard to talk about with their friends or parents.
Q: What is the cost for a check up with you at SmartClinics Clayfield Medical Centre?
Dr Leong: There is a small gap fee for your health check consultation. Our reception team can provide you with more information about the breakdown in costs.
To book an appointment with Dr Sir-Kit Leong for a Health Check up please call the clinic reception on (07) 3268 1937. You can read more about Dr Leong here.
For more information about the common tests and topics discussed in Health Checks by age, click here
1 September 2017
SmartClinics Taigum Family Medical Centre increased its community health credentials today when the practice received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety in General Practice.
The practice, located in Taigum Square Shopping Centre has been providing a wide range of general health services to locals for over 14 years, including Skin Checks, Pre-employment Medicals, Chronic Disease Management and Travel Medicine.
SmartClinics Taigum received this important recognition from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia.
AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong said accreditation shows the practice makes a significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team.
“Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and a clear demonstration that SmartClinics Taigum Medical Centre is striving to improve their level of care to both patients and the community,” he said.
“Practices seek accreditation because they want to do their best and view this as another step towards excellence in patient care.”
To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, (the recognised national standard), which provides a template for quality care and risk management.
The AGPAL accreditation program was developed to provide a range of minimum expectations for patients surrounding safety and care by assessing the practice environment and their processes. Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Areas of focus during an on-site assessment for accreditation include: ensuring vaccines are within their use-by-date and stored at the correct temperatures; that the practice equipment is clean and sterile; practice staff are up-to-date with their training; and the practice has emergency care available.
Dr Choong said accreditation is attainable only through cooperation and communication between staff members.
“Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the RACGP Standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice,” added Dr Choong.
SmartClinics Taigum proudly displays the AGPAL symbol for all their patients to see.
“We want community members, nation-wide to know that their wellbeing is our priority. By choosing to attend an accredited practice, patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the RACGP Standards.”
New patients are welcome at the clinic. To book an appointment with a SmartClinics Taigum Doctor call (07) 3265 4555 or click here
OUR ANNERLEY AND CHERMSIDE DOCTORS ARE OPEN ON MOST PUBLIC HOLIDAYS!
Wednesday 16 August 2017 is Brisbane EKKA public holiday, and while many other medical centres are closed around Brisbane you can still see a SmartClinics Doctor at one of the following clinic locations:
SmartClinics Annerley Medical Centre
- Open 8:00am – 10:00pm
- Ph: (07) 3848 9299
- Book online here
- Address: 548 Ipswich Road, Annerley 4103
SmartClinics Chermside Medical Centre
- Open 7:00am – 11:00pm
- Ph: (07) 3177 9500
- Book online here
- Address: Shop 212 Westfield, Gympie Rd, Westfield Chermside, 4032
Patients with appointments will have preference except in emergencies. You can make an appointment with any of our doctors online or by telephoning or presenting to the surgery. Please let our receptionist know if you require prompt attention for matters such as chest pain, burns, eye injury etc.
Appointments are normally made at 10 minute intervals, however this may change if there have been emergencies or if the surgery is very busy.
We have made running on time a high priority, but emergencies do happen. It’s a good idea to phone the surgery before your appointment to check whether your doctor is running on time. If you feel you require a longer consultation please discuss this with the receptionist prior to making an appointment.