Welcome to Merridown Family Surgery
Family medicine is at the core of every service we offer and we take a holistic view of your health to provide the best levels of care possible.
The first consultation you will spend time with our nurse before visiting with our Doctors for all your results. If you are new to our practice we will ask you at the time of booking for details to ensure you receive all our forms prior to your first visit.
We will use Carotid Intima Thickness Scanning (cIMT) to look directly at your arteries to assess their health. This non-invasive scan uses ultrasound to create a visual picture of the inner two layers of the carotid arteries.
We will use these pictures in conjunction with blood and urine tests, along with details of your family history to identify the potential risk of you suffering from either a stroke, heart attack or even dementia.
Using this holistic approach and taking all the information into consideration we can then put in place a series of plans aimed at reducing any risk of such a condition occurring.
By monitoring your progress over a 6 month period we can ensure that the targets we set together are being achieved and that they are having the desired outcome. During this period if we find that any particular plan is not working then we will review that together with you and make changes accordingly. The continual assessment allows us improve the outcomes of the Program as it progresses.
This collaborative approach between yourself and us provides the Program with the greatest chance to deliver the results you want. You can choose whether you wish your GP to be involved with the Program or not.
It’s estimated that around 90% of deaths from heart attacks are preventable and the Being Alive Program is all about prevention of this and other conditions.
We carry out rigorous tests and checks, focusing on the vital signs to determine how healthy your heart is.
Your initial 30-45 minute appointment will be with one of our specially trained nurses. You will then see one of our doctors later on the same day who will go through your results with you.
We understand that your time is valuable so in order to reduce how long you have to wait when you arrive please call ahead to arrange the most appropriate time to have your blood tests.
You can choose to have a Carotid Intima Thickness Scanning conducted individually and not as part of the Being Alive Program. If you choose this option your results will be forwarded to your GP who will then go through what action should be taken.
The risk of contracting certain illnesses can be influenced by the genetic make-up we inherit from our parents. Lifestyle is another influencing factor and by carrying out genomic testing we can understand the risks that each person faces.
Our tests can predict the likelihood of suffering from a wide range of conditions including the following.
When you come for your appointment we will ask you about your family’s health history as the more information we have the greater the accuracy of the results. We therefore ask all our patients to find out and bring as much information as possible on their first visit.
Sometimes referred to as ‘genetic profiling’ this form of analysis gives us a greater understanding of our bodies, how they work and what we can do to keep them healthy.
We will take you through the results of the tests and what actions can be taken step-by-step. All the information will be explained to you by an experienced clinician.
We have been working with Griffith University QUT to provide world class genomic testing on the Gold Coast. All scans on our patients will be conducted by a trained Cardiologist.
The current Medicare rebate is $217.85 and will be funded to your bank account.
This means the actual cost to you works out at only $135.05.
If you wish to monitor your blood pressure as part of the Program then a blood pressure monitor can be purchased from the surgery for $160. The price also includes a session on how to use the monitor and what the results mean.
If you wish to book just the cIMT individually and not as part of the Being Alive program then please contact us for prices.
Since joining and going through the Being Alive Program, my whole lifestyle has changed. I now understand the connection better about health, fitness and well being
It is not about dieting, fads etc, but more about my how you approach your day to day stuffs, how to manage your stress with balancing family/kids and work
Having goals and then meeting to re-assess and look at your progress really made me put things into perspective