Finding an aged care visiting GP?

smee 19 July 2010 6

The sad state of aged care in the ACT is a rant for another time, however, having just negotiated the challenge of finding and moving my mother from her home in Tuggeranong to a care facility in Belconnen we come to the next major hurdle.

The facility strongly prefers that she have a GP that will visit her in the home. Her existing GP, from Gordon, won’t visit her and, having gone through a list the home gave us, and over 30 phone calls later, we’re still no nearer to finding one. Most are taking no more patients at all (even in the surgery). Some will only visit if she was already a long term patient.

So, we’re appealing to the collective knowledge of the RiotACT readership! Any information would be appreciated!

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6 Responses to Finding an aged care visiting GP?
smee smee 7:22 pm 22 Jul 10

Thanks to everyone who responded. We’ve been really fortunate, with the help of the home, in finding a visiting GP. @gun street girl, you were pretty much correct. We were having plenty of discussions with the home which ended up in success.

Until we were put onto this current GP, we were planning to move her to Florey Medical Centre as recommended by a number of people (including @elocin, thanks!) and hopefully build up a relationship such that if her condition deteriorated we might get them to visit. In the end though we haven’t had to go down that route.

@sepi, yes, we’ve been very lucky with the home. They have dealt with my Mother’s issues very well including the lack of a visiting GP so we’re currently *very* happy with them.

@Amanda, we contacted that practice (Ginninderra?) and the other two in Gungahlin and in all cases were advised that none of the resident GPs visited aged care facilities.

Amanda Hugankis Amanda Hugankis 4:54 pm 19 Jul 10

Would the mega-medical clinic at the top of Belconnen (Nettlefold and Coulter Drive – entrance of Egan Court) be able to offer these services? It might be worth ringing and asking. I mean, doctors still must be willing to do these if they are a requirement for aged care home admissions, as there are an increasing number of those (& no doubt will continue to be over the next 20 years). The other place to try that are located Northside are the two medical centres at Gungahlin – both on Hibberson, one is Gungahlin General Practice, the other is Gungahlin Medical Centre.

Best of luck – I know, organising aged care for parents can be stressful, time consuming and discouraging.

gun street girl gun street girl 2:43 pm 19 Jul 10

bergamot said :

I think CALMS would do a home visit for a premium, not certain though.

The aim is to get a regular GP who’ll take on the patient (eg arrange scripts for ongoing medications, regular reviews et al), rather than a one-off visit.

To the OP: you may do well to chat personally to the aged care facility. Whilst they’ve given you a list, they may have an idea of which surgeries are more sympathetic than others. GP registrars may also take a small number of patients on; their books can be more open than most, given that they’re newer to the game.

sepi sepi 1:23 pm 19 Jul 10

you are lucky – it used to be the homes wouldn’t take them withiut a local gp, which was impossible to get. at least you got the nursing home spot. good luck with the gp hunt – they are an endangered species around here.

bergamot bergamot 11:54 am 19 Jul 10

I think CALMS would do a home visit for a premium, not certain though.

elocin elocin 11:20 am 19 Jul 10

Florey Medical Centre will do home visits – I think they are still taking new patients.
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They do mention something about having to be a longterm patient but maybe if you explain your circumstances?

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