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Seeking a GP in Canberra

By marjal70 - 7 September 2010 40

After yet another 2 hour wait at the Health Centre at Phillip (which I am told is an average wait ) I have decided enough is enough.

I’ve heard  that there is a major Dr shortage in Canberra but does anybody know of any GP’s that are accepting new patients?

I am a recent arrival to Canberra and live on the Southside but I am willing to travel anywhere and pay whatever it takes.

My family has a couple of minor but ongoing health issues and we would like to see the same doctor each visit.

What’s Your opinion?


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Seeking a GP in Canberra
urchin 10:40 pm 07 Sep 10

this may not be of interest to you but to other, more northern residents, the west belconnen health coop is fantastic. you pay an annual membership fee ($50 for a non-concessional family membership) and you have access to their *bulk billing* gps. longest wait i have had is 24 hours so far. shortest has been determined by how long it would take me to get there by car.

staff, nurses and doctors are great. and since its bulk billed you can pop in if you’re feeling a bit crook without worrying about being $60-70 out of pocket. for those who aren’t particularly wealthy, this is not an inconsiderable benefit. if you have a concession card the annual fee is even less.

but yes, you do need to drive up to the old charnwood high school

JC 8:17 pm 07 Sep 10

marjal70 said :

What I want is to be able to find one doctor that I can see on a regular basis that I can make an appointment to see, regardless of the wait.I’m sorry if that is considered whining. I was warned that it got aggro

here but JC seriously do you talk to all complete strangers who ask a perfectly innocent question like this? Mate … switch to decaf.

Maybe if you asked the question without the melodrama of having to wait 2 hours and going on about a doctor shortage you would have got a better response.

So in essense your question could have been asked thus “Have just moved to Canberra, living southside, I want a regular doctor for me and my family, can anyone suggest one?”

nhand42 6:56 pm 07 Sep 10

lavalamp said :

This is the point marjal70 is making: he/she does not want to just walk in to the clinic and wait – he/she wants to have their own GP so they can book and appointment when they want to, and not have to wait 2 hours or more! Why don’t you read the post properly before making judgements.

I have a GP and I still have to wait 2 hours for appointments. Pisses me off no end when they say “2pm” and they mean “4pm, maybe”.

lulu 5:17 pm 07 Sep 10

I agree that it’s important to have the same doctor, particularly for ongoing issues. Here are two truly awesome family doctors I would reccommend to anyone and have done to my dad and my friends. Everyone I’ve reccommended them too has given very positive feedback:

Dr Stan Doumani – Weston Creek (02) 6288 6008 – He was mine and my kids’ doctor from 1993-2004 often a long wait to get in because he’s damn good. He’ll refer to specialists when necessery and treats everyone with respect.

Dr Ian Mills Nothside General Practice O’Connor Shops 62487878 – Our family doctor from 2005 to present. He’s a rare find and is as good as Dr Doumani but closer to where we live and a shorter wait.

neither bulk bill

marjal70 5:03 pm 07 Sep 10

What I want is to be able to find one doctor that I can see on a regular basis that I can make an appointment to see, regardless of the wait.I’m sorry if that is considered whining. I was warned that it got aggro here but JC seriously do you talk to all complete strangers who ask a perfectly innocent question like this? Mate … switch to decaf.

tommy 4:57 pm 07 Sep 10

Best thing I’ve found is to use the CALMs service for kids or the times you have a rough idea of what is going to happen (ie need a prescription for something). You ring up and get a booking that night (or that day if it’s the weekend). You go to either Canberra Hospital or Calvary Hospital to the CALMs desk. Maybe they are 10-15 mins behind schedule. You have to pay (credit card, eftpos, cash etc), no bulk bill, but you claim it back on Medicare.

http://www.health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=&did=10134232

You do need to have a GP which is registered with CALMs but I have no idea how they enforce it.

Clown Killer 4:56 pm 07 Sep 10

If you’re in the deep south you could try the medical centre at Tuggeranong Square. It was the practice we went to before we moved. You mightn’t always get to see your preferred GP on short notice, but all of them were good and waiting times were never more than about 20 minutes.

JC 4:47 pm 07 Sep 10

lavalamp said :

This is the point marjal70 is making: he/she does not want to just walk in to the clinic and wait – he/she wants to have their own GP so they can book and appointment when they want to, and not have to wait 2 hours or more! Why don’t you read the post properly before making judgements.

I hope you find one soon marjal70!

If that was the point then why carry on about the 2 hour wait like it is a BAD thing? Even if you have your own doctor there is no gurantee you can be seen at short notice. In fact in my experiance having a doctor of choice means booking a few days in advance and if you are really sick and need to see a doctor ASAP you take your chances trying to see your doctor of choice or go to a walk-up clinic.

john87_no1 4:35 pm 07 Sep 10

Try: Curtin Medical Centre, they have always been really quick and available at short notice. $60.

lavalamp 3:15 pm 07 Sep 10

JC said :

A 2 hour wait is nothing. What do you expect? To be able to walk in the door and see a doctor STRAIGHT away. Jesus if something is that bad you need to be seen straight away go to the hospital otherwise quit whining about a 2 hour wait for a walk up service.

This is the point marjal70 is making: he/she does not want to just walk in to the clinic and wait – he/she wants to have their own GP so they can book and appointment when they want to, and not have to wait 2 hours or more! Why don’t you read the post properly before making judgements.

I hope you find one soon marjal70!

Davo111 2:57 pm 07 Sep 10

*just* a 2 hr wait for walk in service? wow, i think ive found a new doctor.

Dazzlar 2:48 pm 07 Sep 10

Isabella Plains Medical Centre might be taking new patients and it is pretty easy to get a same day appointment with them – 6292 8899.

Good luck.

JC 2:41 pm 07 Sep 10

A 2 hour wait is nothing. What do you expect? To be able to walk in the door and see a doctor STRAIGHT away. Jesus if something is that bad you need to be seen straight away go to the hospital otherwise quit whining about a 2 hour wait for a walk up service.

braddonboy 2:30 pm 07 Sep 10

Try the Tuggeranong Square Medical Practice 62932600.

pptvb 2:07 pm 07 Sep 10

It would be quicker & easier to put yourself through medical school.

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