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Had enough children? Consider vasectomy.

Dr Matthew Valentine is an experienced Vasectomy Doctor who sees patients at SmartClinics The Gap & Ferny Hills Medical Centres.

Q Firstly, I didn’t realise that some GPs could perform this procedure, so how experienced are you at vasectomies? 

Dr Valentine: I have performed several thousand vasectomies in Brisbane since 2008.  I was originally trained in the traditional technique by my colleague Dr Greg Silver who has been performing vasectomies since 1985, so we are both very experienced in performing vasectomies.  I have since spent time in the US training in the no scalpel vasectomy technique and perform these daily on Brisbane patients.

Q How effective is a Vasectomy for birth control?

Dr Valentine: Vasectomy is around 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy.  Condoms are around 86% effective in preventing pregnancy and the pill around 95% effective.  Vasectomy is the most effective form of contraception available.

Q While it’s obvious that you are very experienced, I’m still a bit nervous about the procedure. Talk me through what happens at the appointment and how long it takes.

Dr Valentine:  Patients will lie down and relax on the operating bed. It’s very normal to feel nervous so they will be offered some valium if they are feeling a bit anxious.  This generally feels like having 6 beers all at once.  We’ll put some music on and relax and have a good chat while we do the procedure.  Patients generally feel very little during the procedure and are quite surprised by how quick and simple it really is.

Q Is a Vasectomy painful? What is the recovery time like?

Dr Valentine:  Patients will generally feel very little during the procedure.  They will, however, experience some  mild discomfort for the next few days after the procedure.  Usually patients are feeling pretty much pain free by day 7 after the procedure.

Q How safe is a Vasectomy? Are there any risks or complications?

Dr Valentine:  Vasectomy is a very safe procedure with very low complication rates.  The main risks are infection, bleeding and ongoing discomfort. 1-2 % of patients may have a small amount of bleeding following the procedure and develop small haematomas in the scrotum.  These will normally resolve by themselves with no ongoing issues.  1-2% may also develop a mild infection which is generally managed with oral antibioitics.  Only around 1 in a thousand patients will have issues with ongoing discomfort and may require an additional operation or procedure to resolve this.

Q How soon can I have sex after a vasectomy? 

Dr Valentine:  Patients can normally have sex around 7 days following their vasectomy.  They will need to make sure they continue their contraception until they have a semen test at 4 months that confirms the absence of sperm.

We have a number of experienced Vasectomy Doctors, like Dr Valentine (below), who can perform this procedure across Queensland. To book an appointment with Dr Valentine or Dr Silver please call 07 3300 3799.

Click here for a full list of SmartClinics Vasectomy Doctors across all locations, or read more about Vasectomies here.

Breakthrough in long term peanut tolerance

A recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne has found that long lasting tolerance to peanuts can be achieved.

The study monitored a group of children over a period of 18 months, who were given a course of immunotherapy and probiotics for their peanut allergy. The goal was to desensitize these children to peanuts by gradually introducing a peanut allergen in the form of flour into their diet, along with a probiotic that contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

In this pilot trial, led by Professor Mimi Tang, 82% of children showed no adverse reactions to eating peanuts when tested a few weeks after completing the course of immunotherapy compared with 3.6% who were receiving a placebo.

Perhaps what’s even more exciting is that four years after the intervention, 16 of the 24 children in the immunotherapy group were still able to eat peanuts while only one child of the 24 in the placebo group could tolerate them. Many of the children in the treatment group continued to eat peanuts even after the trial finished.

“Allergic reactions from intentional peanut ingestion were uncommon, and all reactions were mild, suggesting that those who achieved [immunotherapy]-induced sustained unresponsiveness can safely continue peanut ingestion,” the researchers said.

The researchers noted that the intervention did not affect skin-prick tests for other food allergens, which suggested that the probiotic alone was probably not responsible for the beneficial effects on allergic response.

“Ours is the first study to show prolonged eight-week sustained unresponsiveness several years after treatment has ceased and suggests the possibility that tolerance is a realistic target for food allergy treatments,” they concluded.

The researchers are now embarking on an expanded trial, where 200 children with food allergy will be treated with an improved immunotherapy formulation, according to Prota Therapeutics, the commercial spin-off from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

The above information has been sourced from an article featured in ‘Australian Doctor’ dated 16 August, 2017, Authored by Michael Woodhead.

Brisbane Doctors on George Street

SmartClinics now has a brand new medical centre located in the heart of Brisbane, providing patients convenient access to high-quality healthcare while they are in the City.

The clinic was formerly known as George Street Medical Centre (and was located on 336 George Street) but has recently moved to an impressive brand new custom designed clinic on the corner of George Street and Adelaide Street. Conveniently located a block from the top of Queen Street Mall, the clinic is hard to miss with its new SmartClinics signage.
The new clinic was custom-designed by SmartClinics’ interior design and property team. Patients can expect a comfortable, clean, spacious, and sophisticated family medical centre that will cater for all their healthcare needs.

Situated in the city, the clinic was designed with the modern-day patient in mind. It features a charging station with USB ports at the comfortable work bench so you can work while you wait. There’s also free WIFI to keep you connected, so you don’t miss out on sending those important emails or researching online. If you’d rather take a moment to relax, the waiting area is decked out with sleek and stylish furnishings where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment.

Click here to take a 3D Virtual Tour

With a number of male and female Doctors at George Street Family Medical Centre, you won’t be waiting long. The experienced Doctors provide a wide range of women’s and men’s health services such as minor surgery, mental health, cosmetic medicine, travel vaccinations, and skin cancer checks. They are also very experienced in child and adolescent health.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to visit SmartClinics’s George Street Family Medical Centre. For more information about Doctors and services click here.

There are a number of multilingual Doctors within the SmartClinics Group, in keeping with the multicultural diversity in Australia. The George Street clinic has Cantonese and Mandarin speaking Doctors if that if you’re preferred language. To find a Doctor who speaks your preferred language, click here and select your language from the drop down list.

The clinic is fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment so doctors can provide comprehensive and personalised healthcare services. This is why the doctor rooms and treatment rooms are built private and discrete.


You have the option of easily booking your GP appointment online, for added convenience. You can choose your preferred time, day and Doctor from a list of available options through the SmartClinics website. Simply click the pink booking button in the top right of the site and follow the prompts.

Alternatively you can call the clinic reception on (07) 3236 2559.


George Street Family Medical Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00PM, and closed on Saturday & Sunday. Beyond these times, you can visit other SmartClinics Medical Centres that offer late night and weekend appointments.

There are also nearby clinics in West End, Toowong, Windsor, and Alderley that offer alternative options.



Health Checks – when should YOU have one?

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 

Taigum clinic receives National safety & quality award

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

Doctors available on EKKA public holiday


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.