FOR ALL YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS
Welcome to Stratford Medical Centre, where your well-being and health are our focus.
Being happy really does start with being healthy.
We believe in personalised, patient-centred care, where your choices and preferences are respected. Our friendly, caring and experienced team look forward to working with you and your network of family, friends and health professionals to meet your health needs and goals.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 000 for an ambulance.
Women’s healthcare may include but is not limited to Cervical Screening Tests, breast checks, referral for mammography, family planning options, fertility counselling and management of menopause. Lifestyle plays an important role in all women’s lives, with healthcare focused on prevention to maintain optimum health.
We are delighted to provide care for children of all ages. This includes check ups, growth, illnesses, vaccinations and everything in between. Children up to the age of 16 years will be bulked billed. Children’s health checks include monitoring development and normal milestones, immunisation and health promotion. Healthy Kids Checks for 3–4 year olds can assess readiness for school and provide an opportunity for early screening for visual acuity, hearing, coordination as well as motor skills and other areas of development.
Men’s healthcare may include but is not limited to prostate screening, family planning options, screening pathology tests and sexual health. Lifestyle plays an important role in all men’s lives and with healthcare focused on prevention to maintain optimum health.
At Stratford Medical we aim to provide culturally sensitive health care to Indigenous members of the Cairns community. With a focus on preventative health, as well as management of chronic disease, we provide annual health checks and “Close the Gap” registration for both children and adults.
Over 75's Health Assessments
A comprehensive annual health check is recommended for all people aged over 75 to identify any health issues and optimize quality of life. Areas assessed may include but are not limited to lifestyle, mobility, medication, nutrition, exercise, safety in the home, care arrangements and support networks.
Care Following Discharge From Hostpital
Stratford Medical Centre is able to offer home visits in certain circumstances to care for those recently discharged from hospital. We are able to see you at a home visit, or follow your progress at the clinic, to ensure your recovery is progressing and to keep a close eye on you for the development of complications. We are able to assist with arranging allied services to maximise your health and recovery. Home visits are charged a gap fee, as the Medicare rebate is inadequate to cover the costs of providing this service.
Overseas travel exposes you to wonderful new experiences, but it can also expose you to potentially serious health risks. At Stratford Medical Centre we can advise you on preventative measures which can be taken to avoid infectious diseases (such as malaria medication) or discuss vaccination against serious disease.
Skin Checks and Minor Surgery
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. The majority of skin cancers if detected early can be successfully treated and cured. Regular skin checks can be performed by our GPs. If required, our doctors can perform minor surgery including biopsies, removal of skin lesions, skin cancers, lumps and bumps. Our Practice is also equipped to treat or remove ingrown toenails.
We repair skin injuries and lacerations with stitching or glue, and manage many types of wounds. Why wait in ED when we can stitch lacerations right here?
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
Our doctors and nurses would love to look after you from planning (or surprise finding out), to delivery of your precious baby. One our doctors is a specialist lactation advisor, and works with the Breastfeeding Association. Many of our team are parents themselves, most with young children.
We offer shared care with the hospital, and referrals to obstetricians if needed. Post-delivery we will see you and baby regularly, to make sure all is progressing as expected.
Contraception, including IUD insertion, and vaccination of your baby are all things you can do with us at Stratford Medical Centre.
Family Medicine is comprehensive primary healthcare provided for individuals and families across all ages, genders, diseases and conditions. Care is provided on a continuing basis with an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion. Your family doctor is an important part of helping manage your family’s health and wellbeing.
A holistic approach to healthcare is important including physical, social, spiritual and mental health. Mental healthcare may include but is not limited to medication management, regular counselling, referral to allied health providers as well as preparation and ongoing management of GP mental healthcare plans.
Chronic Disease and GP Managed Care Plans
Comprehensive and individualised care plan can ensure that all aspects of chronic disease are managed including goals to achieve optimal health. Chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, arthritis, chronic pain are amongst the most common conditions that can be supported with the help of a care plan. Many chronic disease patients are eligible for referral to allied health providers at a subsidised cost.
Stratford Medical Centre provides management of minor injuries, including stitching, wound and pain care. We are able to offer the initial management, as well as ongoing requirements including daily dressings with the practice nurse. Stratford Medical Centre has a minor injuries clinic in certain after hours periods. Please call reception to enquire about after hours availability. A number of our doctors are enthusiastic about procedures, stitching and emergency medicine. We do not feel you should sit in Cairns Base Hospital Emergency Department if only waiting for minor injury management. Once you have been triaged and assessed as needing minor treatment only (such as stitching) of simple wounds, your wait could be hours. We would love to send you home earlier – call us and see if we can assist you.
Stratford Medical Centre is able to assist with pre employment medicals, fit for duty medicals, return to work medicals, and post employment medical.
Stratford Medical Centre is able to look after clients injured on Duty, whilst recuperating, and to formulate a return to work plan to suit your medical requirements. Injuries sustained during the course of work can be assessed, and managed appropriately, with referrals to specialists if required. Many of the doctors at Stratford Medical Centre have a passion for emergency medicine, and are happy to look after you, and liase with your employer.
Stratford Medical Centre is able to manage minor injuries and ongoing care requirements for your wound and ensure healing is occurring at the expected rate, and watch for complications. You are able to see our wound care nurse in the practice.
Sports Medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. At Stratford Medical Centre our Sports guru is Dr John Buhagiar. Having spent 12 years working with Olympic athletes, John has a major interest in the musculoskeletal system, and completed additional training in sports and exercise medicine in the UK. John can help you with any of your sporting injuries and/or sporting medical problems. We have a close liaison with Physiotherapists who have an interest in this area.
We are happy to assist families with medical care and emotional support during this difficult time. We will work in conjunction with home and palliative care services. Keeping your loved one comfortable and pain free is our priority. Home visits are available when needed.
Some of our practitioners are trained to support patients through the process of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTOP).
This service is time sensitive, so please advise our staff if your appointment is for MTOP so we can book you with the correct GP and at the soonest availability.