General Practice Services
At Lorne Medical Centre our Doctors are highly trained and dedicated professionals who offer a friendly and comprehensive standard of care to all of our patients.
In addition to the normal standard of care offered, our Doctors can also provide the following services:
- General check-ups
- Care plans
- Minor procedures such as excision of skin lesions, hormone implantation and repair of skin lacerations
- Pre-employment medicals
- Medication review
- Family Planning
We are open from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Some sessions are provided on Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout January and in peak tourist season. These will be advised on the front door and on our after hours message.
Plenty of on-site parking available, including disabled parks and access
Transfer your medical records
If would like your existing medical records transferred from another clinic, you will need to provide them with a written request. You can either send them a letter requesting your records be forwarded to Lorne Medical Centre or reception can provide you a form to sign and send to the previous Doctor. Please note that some medical centres charge an administration fee for transferring records.
Flu Vaccination The following groups are eligible for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine:
- 65 years of age and over
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
- Indigenous people 15 years of age and over
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Any person 6 months of age and over with a chronic condition predisposing to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation such as:
- cardiac disease
- respiratory disease including severe asthmatics
- kidney disease
- impaired immunity
- neuromuscular disease
Please contact our receptionists to discuss as there may be some additional costs associated with the procedure, despite the vaccine itself being supplied free of charge. Children’s Immunisations In Australia the childhood immunisation schedule runs from birth to 4 years of age. Click here to see the full immunisation schedule. These immunisations are bulk-billed at Lorne Medical Centre. Pneumonia Vaccine Pneumonia Vaccine is available free of charge to all patients aged over 65 years. Meningococcal Vaccine Meningococcal Vaccine is available free of charge to all children and young adults aged under 19 years. Chickenpox Vaccine Varilirix (chickenpox) vaccine is available free of charge to children aged 18 months. This childhood immunisation can be administered after that age, however please note there will be a charge associated with the procedure. Hepatitis B Hepatitis B vaccines are available free of charge to 10 – 13 year olds who have not received a primary course. Travel Immunisations All travel medicine requires an initial consultation with your doctor to determine which vaccines are required for your particular destination. To make an enquiry regarding immunisations or to make an appointment, please call our reception staff on 03 5289 4333.
The Lorne Medical Centre’s newly formed ‘Well Women’s Clinic’ is an affordable (bulked billed), confidential service that provides clinical services, information, counselling, referral and education to all women. Many women lead hectic lives, however it is important to find the time for regular check-ups.
Helen Moriarty, a Registered Nurse and Midwife will be leading the Well Women’s Clinic. Helen has been a senior nurse at the Lorne Community Hospital for many years and is a well-regarded local community member.
Lorne Medical Centre’s GPs, Dr Mary Barson and Dr Libby Buchholz and Lorne Community Hospital’s Physiotherapist Ellie O’Kane will also be available for appointments. Together they will provide a full medical service for women run by women.
What specific services are provided by the Well Women’s Clinic?
- Pap tests
- Breast health
- Menopause advice
- Pregnancy care
- Contraception guidance
- STD screening
- Continence information and treatment for Urinary incontinence
Please contact us on 03 5289 4333 to organise an appointment.
The Lorne Medical Centre has a number of male doctors that are happy to discuss any specific concerns you may have regarding men’s health problems such as;
- Anxiety and depression
- Bowel cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- Health checks for men
- Incontinence and continence problems
- Prostate cancer
Please do not hesitate to contact our friendly reception staff to specifically request a male doctor for your next appointment on 5289 4333.
Allied Health at the Lorne Community Hospital is a specialist group of health professionals working collaboratively with the aim of improving multidisciplinary patient care. Services offered include; physiotherapy, diabetes educator, exercise physiology, optometry, audiology, occupational therapy, podiatry and dietitian.
The physiotherapist’s attends the Hospital five days per week and are available to community clients, in patients and aged care residents. Referrals can be made through your GP, or you can self-refer. Please phone Hospital reception on 5289 4300 to make an appointment.
Hearing Aid Specialists Geelong provide hearing services to private clients and eligible pensioners under the Office of hearing Services Program. The hearing clinic at Lorne operates on the third Wednesday of each month.
The Lorne Community Hospital provides an Occupational Therapy service to Nursing Home residents, in-patients and community clients. Referrals can be via your medical practitioner or you can self-refer. Please phone Hospital reception on 5289 4300 for an occupational therapist appointment.
The Lorne Community Hospital is funded to provide podiatry under the Home and Community Care program. A District Nurse health assessment is required and fees depend on the client’s ability to pay. A Veterans (DVA) service is also available. Surf Coast Podiatry conducts a session once a fortnight. The service is for people of all ages. This is a private service and fees will apply. Please phone Hospital reception for a podiatry appointment with either service.
Appointments with the Dietitian or Diabetes Educator can be booked through the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333.
Our Psychologist’s attends the Hospital on a regular basis and is available to in-patients and community clients. Referrals can be via your medical practitioner or you can self-refer. Please phone Hospital reception on 5289 4300 for a Psychologist appointment.
Massage & Bowen Therapy
At the Lorne Medical Centre our Massage/Bowen Therapist offers a range of different techniques such as Bowen Therapy, Emmett technique, therapeutic, relaxation, lymphatic drainage, pregnancy and Indian head massage. To make an appointment, contact the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333. Healthcare rebates apply.
The Lorne Community Hospital provides an Osteopath service to community clients. Referrals can be via your medical practitioner or you can self-refer. Please phone Hospital reception on 5289 4300 for an Osteopath appointment.
Our Exercise Physiologist specialises in creating safe and realistic exercise programs for people of all ages and abilities. People who need to change their lifestyle habits to either prevent or manage chronic health conditions, will benefit from these sessions.
Optometrists are not only concerned about the health of your eyes but also aim to provide a personalized service which integrates with your overall healthcare. Please contact the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333 to book an appointment.
We ask that fees be paid for at the time of consultation. The practice accepts major credit cards.
Bulk billing is available for pensioners, veterans and health Care Card holders. Other people experiencing financial hardship may be bulked billed.
On 1 November 2016 our fee for a standard consultation will be $72.00. No other fees will change.
Patient feedback or complaints
Patient surveys are available for you to fill out at any time. Feedback from patients is also welcomed.
If you have a problem and you wish to take the matter further, please speak to the Practice Manager or contact the Health Services Commissioner on 1800 136 066
The opportunity, in some instances to have a consultation with a specialist in the city without leaving Lorne.
Telehealth is healthcare at a distance facilitated by technology.
Lorne Medical Centre provides support for video consultations with Telehealth Enabled Specialists in other health services.
Telehealth consultations can be with the support of a GP or Practice Nurse, or independently using the technology available at the hospital. Private consultations with out GP’s attracts a non rebatable fee of $100.
Video consultations can be booked by phoning the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333.
Health and Wellness Coaching
The Lorne Medical Centre has introduced Health Coaching for people with chronic illness, such as asthma or diabetes.
Health coaching can be defined as helping patients gain knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health goals.
For further information, please contact the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333.
Lorne Medical Centre Cardiology Service.
Dr Jayne Graves, Cardiac Sonographer will be based at the Lorne Medical Centre every second Friday.
Jayne is the Director of Otway Heart. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Neurophysiology at the University of Adelaide.
About Otway Heart
Being faced with a heart condition can be a very emotional and stressful time for both you and your entire family. At Otway Heart we strive to provide compassionate and personalised care in investigating various aspects of the heart function from chronic arrhythmias to heart attack. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all our patients and ensure that you are well informed of the Cardiology care available. We have an experienced team of Cardiologists, Sonographers and Technologists who are dedicated to the prevention, management and reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. We derive great professional and personal satisfaction in exceeding the expectations of our patients and referring Doctors. Our passion for our work comes from our heart.
To find out more information on Otway Heart, visit www. otway heart.com.au or phone the Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333. All apointments will require a referring Doctor, so please let your Doctor know that this service is now available in Lorne and Apollo Bay. Medicare rebates and bulk billing apply.