As we grow older our medical needs become more complex. We are able to spend more time with our older patients and we endeavour to maximise their health outcomes. Our doctors understand the value of a coordinated, integrated approach and liaise closely with specialist and other healthcare providers.
We help older patients access Medicare rebates for allied health services including podiatrists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and dietitians. In addition, we offer our patients over 75 year olds an annual health assessment with our nurse and their doctor. This assessment includes assessing safety, nutrition, memory problems and other important issues. We offer these assessments with no extra cost to the patient.
Drivers who are over 75 years old are required to have an annual medical clearance. Our older drivers often choose to schedule the health assessment before having their annual driver’s medical examination. This can help reduce the number of visits to see us! The form can be downloaded from Medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form (F3712) or collected from your local transport and motoring customer service centre.
You can learn more about safer driving with medical conditions and why these checks were introduced at:
- Driving, your health and the law medical Conditions reporting otherwise referred to as Jet’s Law.
- Safe Driving -Drivers 75 years and over
The RACQ offers Older driver programs which include education about
- Recent changes to the Queensland road rules
- Medical considerations when driving
- Alternative transport option
We understand that an assessment in a doctor’s surgery may not always reflect safety when driving in a car. Where there is doubt about fitness to drive, it may be necessary for you to arrange for a qualified occupational therapist to conduct an in-car assessment.
Home Medications Review (Domiciliary Medication Management Review
The GPs at Reydon Street work with local pharmacists to address medication issues. Pharmacists can help you manage your medications more safely, including packing into dispensing packs. We can arrange for a pharmacist to visit your home to perform a Home Medications Review (Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR).
We have a visiting geriatrician
Furthermore, to make accessing a specialist easier, Dr Peter Kortlucke is our visiting geriatrician and attends on a weekly basis.