General Health Concerns
As General Practitioners our top priority is to look after your general health and well-being. We aim to pick up any major health problems before they even occur. As such it is important to see your GP for regular health checks even when you don’t have any specific health concerns. Depending on your age and medical history we can monitor for any changes via close physical examination and investigation with any tests as needed.
If you are aged between 45 and 49 years old, you may be eligible for a fully bulk billed general health check. This will need to be specifically booked in. Please check with reception staff for eligibility. If you have any specific health concerns these may need to be dealt with in a separate appointment.
Regular health check ups are important for everyone, regardless of your fitness level, age or gender. They may help you live a longer, happier life by preventing a number of health problems from occurring.
If possible, it’s a good idea to see the same Doctor for your health check ups. Not only will this allow you to build a trusted relationship with your Doctor, but also means that all of your health records are stored under the one ‘roof’. By having access to your full medical background, your Doctor will be able to provide a more comprehensive assessment at your checkups.
Health checks for children typically include…
- Newborn baby height and weight
- Newborn baby blood test to check for metabolic or genetic disorders
- Childhood immunisations
- Regular childhood health checks to assess overall health such as eyesight, hearing, sleeping habits, learning ability, language and physical development.
If you’re in your 20’s & 30’s…
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol and glucose levels
- Pap smear test and pelvic exams
- Skin cancer checks
- Sexual health screenings
- Testes examinations
- Healthy weight assessment
In your 40’s…
In addition to the health checklist for 20 and 30 year olds, patients in their 40’s will typical also have an:
- Eye check
- Breast checks
- Health assessment for chronic diseases
- Health assessment for type 2 diabetes
- Prostate check
When you’re in your 50’s an later…
As you move into your 50s, regular preventive health checks with your GP become even more important, because as we get older many of us become more vulnerable to illnesses. Some additional health checks at this stage of life include:
- Breast checks and mammograms
- Bone density scan (to check for Osteoporosis)
- Faecal occult blood test (bowl cancer screening)
- Hearing assessment
All SmartClinics GPs offer the above health checks for you and your family. Many serious health conditions can be avoided if you simply make the time to see your GP for routine tests. Click here to find the contact details for your local SmartClinics Medical Centre.
When applying for certain kinds of insurance you may be required to have a health check. Some insurance companies may request a health summary or copy of your old medical notes. These cannot be released without your permission. Depending on the insurance company, they may cover the cost of the assessment or you may be required to cover the cost yourself. Please let the reception staff know if you are coming in for an insurance medical, as extra time may be required.