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Best Doctors In Canberra

Emily Morris 20 August 2019 144

Canberra’s Best Doctors

Finding a doctor you can trust is important. Whether you need them only for emergencies or for an ongoing medical situation, you still only want to see the best. Peace of mind is invaluable in medical consultations, which is why we have uncovered Canberra’s best doctors according to user testimonies.

What makes a good and reliable doctor?

A good doctor should be:

  • Calm and clear while dealing with patients
  • Able to listen to you and take information without pre-judging
  • Well-versed in a wide range of medical complaints and procedures
  • Caring and kind
  • Good at explaining symptoms, tests, and treatments
  • Happy to work through different tests and treatments until you find what works for you
  • Reliable and consistent so you know you can always book in with them at the same place

Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema Place Surgery

Past patients have said that “all of the GPs there are terrific”, but that Dr Donaghy in particular is “tops”. This surgery comes highly recommended from those who have visited it previously.

The Garema Place Surgery has been around since 2000. Dr Donaghy herself has been in General Practice since 1990. She graduated from Sydney University and is now the Principal at the surgery. She works Mondays to Fridays and is not available for consultations on the weekends.

Dr Philip Toua at Watson Medical Centre

Dr Toua is one of the best doctors at the Watson Medical Centre and has been recommended by name. Patients say that he “couldn’t have been more caring or attentive” when they have dealt with him in the past.

If you have previously visited Dr Toua at the Giralang Medical Centre, you should know that this practice has closed down and merged with the Watson Medical Centre. This may cause some confusion for previous patients, particularly if you have not received any notification from the medical staff.

If Dr Toua is not available when you book, Dr Janine Kelly also works at the same practice and also comes recommended. They are both fantastic at dealing with children, pregnancies, and any post-natal issues you may have.

Dr Gan, Dr Sandy Vitikos, and Dr Southi at Palmerston Medical Centre

This place is a joy to visit, according to previous patients, who say that even “the receptionists are friendly”. Dr Southi is “phenomenal with kids”. “He’s patient, he’s attentive, and he’s not at all afraid to admit that his previous suspicions were wrong and that we need to try something else”. He seems to be a winner all round with reviewers.

Dr Vitikos is “super friendly”, while Dr Gan has “a lot of certificates on his wall” due to a prolific and successful medical career through his life so far. Patients note that it costs a full $70 fee here, but Medicare rebates will be processed in-house to reduce the fee by around $34.

West Belconnen Co-op

If you have a medical emergency rather than an ongoing situation, you may not be worried about being able to see the same doctor over the long-term. In this case, the West Belconnen Co-op might be a good choice.

Past patients recommend this surgery because it has “amazing doctors”. User experience tells us that “they usually come over from England for 12 months” at a time, though they are generally very well-trained and cheap to visit.

All of the information that you see here is only possible through user reviews. If you have had a great experience with someone who you think may rank amongst Canberra’s best doctors, make sure to leave a comment below. We may update this page to include your recommendations and reviews soon!


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melsie 7:15 am 15 Nov 16

Dr Antoinette takes new patients and works between Bruce and Casey at Ochre Health. I see her for an ongoing issue and she's very good.

Ochre health are (like most places in Canberra) a private practice so $80 a visit and then you get the rebate. The pharmacy at Bruce are also very good.

JC 12:12 pm 15 Nov 16

Dr Laeq at Florey is pretty good. Been seeing her for a number of years now. Non bulk billing.

Jurls 9:41 pm 15 Nov 16

I really like the Co-Op, but you do have to find a Doctor you like. We've been known to follow Doctors around to different clinic locations. We particularly like the new Higgins clinic and the 2 Doctors that are there.

Porcupinetree 4:35 pm 12 Jan 17

We are very happy with Dr Kathleen Calder, our family GP who we have been seeing for several years. She recently move to the Lonsdale Street Medical Practice in Braddon -

I find Dr Calder is thorough and is never in a hurry to get you out the door. She has a genuine interest and and commitment to her patients which is comforting.

As she works with other like-minded Doctors as we can always see someone else at short notice for urgent attention. Thoroughly recommended.

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