We are your regular GP
Heroes Home Doctor is dedicated to the total holistic health of all our patients and their family members.
Please note: The service does NOT carry drugs of addiction
All of our visits are to the patient’s home or place of stay but if you feel uncomfortable with this, the service can see you at their affiliated clinic in Torquay.
Heroes Home Doctor acts as a regular GP clinic except the visits occur at your place of stay rather than at a clinic. This can be very advantageous if you are feeling unwell, have limited transport options, have a house of children or simply dislike GP clinics.
All our GPs are highly skilled in all General practitioner services with a caring, listening attitude they provide the best healthcare advice and care possible with the backup of a great support team.
Heroes Home Doctor can support you with any GP related issue that include but are not limited to:
- Acute illnesses
- General check ups
- Childhood immunisations
- Travel vaccinations
- Flu vaccinations
- Contraceptive advice, Implanon and Mirena insertion
- Asthma Plans
- Diabetes Chronic Disease Plans
- 75-year-old Comprehensive Management Plans
- Chronic Disease management
- 45-49 health assessments
- Family planning
- Pregnancy tests
- Pap Screening
- Sexual Health Screening
- Mental Health Plans
Heroes Home Doctor GPs have extensive experience in dealing with women’s health concerns. Our GPs are caring and welcoming to concerns being open to listening to your concerns. We do not wish you to have to hide anything from us. If something is worrying you or you feel it is abnormal then feel free to discuss it with one of our GPs.
The following services can be carried out by Heroes Home Doctor either at your place of stay or at our Torquay affiliated clinic:
- Breast checks
- Pap smears
- HRT discussion and treatment
- Hormonal Imbalances e.g.: PCOS
- Ante or Pre-Natal Counselling
- Infertility Counselling and investigations
- Relationship and Individual Counselling services
- Mirena insertion
- Depo Injections
- Implanon insertions
- Contraceptive advice
- STD checks or counselling
Heroes Home Doctor is able to provide advice and support on any men’s health issues. We understand men may not be as upfront about health issues as women but we are able to offer support and guidance when required. We encourage men to be open about any health concerns and also participate in preventative health measures and screening.
Examples of men’s health concerns include:
- Urinary symptoms
- Erectile dysfunction
- Prostate screening
- Cholesterol testing
- Blood pressure concerns
- Penile and testicular problems
- Heart conditions
- Sports injuries
- Mental Health
- Family relationships
- Health Screenings
- Weight concerns
Heroes Home Doctor see a number of children at home as often taking them to a clinic is difficult. We also find seeing children at home is a lot nicer experience for all parties involved. The children welcome the GPs, excited about their arrival, rather than being scared of them and participate willingly in consultations and examinations which is fantastic to see.
We can see children for any reason but common consultations include:
- Childhood illnesses and infections
- Vaccinations and immunisations
- Treatment of minor injuries
- Developmental, behavioral or sleep concerns
- Mental health
Heroes Home Doctor can provide the majority of scheduled, government funded and travel vaccines at home visits. They cannot provide the yellow fever travel vaccine.
We request appointment for vaccinations be made a few days in advance.
For yellow fever vaccinations follow the link to find a provider: Health Vic
Childhood Vaccinations / immunistaions
Heroes Home Doctor are able to provide all government funded immunisations under the National Immunisation Program schedule.
Immunisations can be done at home and are taken very successfully by children in this familiar environment. We request an appointment for vaccinations be made a few days in advance.
Currently under the schedule babies are immunised against Hepatitis B at the hospital on the day of their birth. They then have vaccinations at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months and then at 12 months, 18 months and 4 years of age.
Adolescents receive vaccinations primarily via their schools but catch up vaccinations can occur at the surgery.
Flu Vaccine and Influenza
Heroes Home Doctor are able to provide the annual Flu Vaccine at home visits., as well as at our yearly flu immunisation clinics held at Ministry of Skin.
Flu vaccination is required annually to maintain immunity and protection from the virus. The new vaccination recommended for each season is released in Autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts in the winter.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait people
- Pregnant women
- People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma1, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.
Please note that while the vaccine is free, a consultation fee will apply.
If you do not meet the criteria for the government flu vaccine the service can still provide you with the flu vaccine after you have purchased the vaccine yourself. To arrange this please mention it when you call the service.
Those who become infected and who have not been vaccinated and are at high risk or in contact with those at high risk should seek medical attention within 48 hours to discuss treatment with antiviral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza.
For more information please visit the National Immunisation Program.
Pneumococcal disease refers to a wide range of infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can cause blood and brain infections such as meningitis especially in those under 2 or the elderly.
The pneumococcal vaccine is available free under the National Immunise Australia Program.
Pertussis Vaccination and Illness – Whooping Cough
Whooping cough or Pertussis is an extremely contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella Pertussis.
It is recommended as part of routine childhood immunisation, as a combination vaccine which is free on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. Doses of vaccine are given at two, four and six months of age, with booster doses at 18 months, four years and 10-15 years.
To protect young infants against pertussis before they commence their vaccinations at 2 months of age, a single booster dose of adult formulation pertussis vaccine (dTpa) is recommended for all pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy as their antibodies transfer to the newborn through the placenta.
A dose is also recommended for adult household contacts and carers (e.g. fathers, grandparents) of infants <6 months of age at least 2 weeks before beginning close contact with the infant to reduce the chance of passing on the bacteria.
As whooping cough causes severe disease in the elderly, adults who are 65 years of age are recommended a single booster dose of dTpa if they haven’t received one already in the previous 10 years.
The following are currently funded by the Victorian Immunization Program:
- Pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation during every pregnancy
- Partners of women who are at least 28 weeks pregnant if the partner has not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
- Parents/guardians of a baby under 6 months of age and they have not received a pertussis booster in the last 10 years
Measles immunity is often low in the 19 to 32 year old age group and measles outbreaks have occurred often from people travelling from overseas. It is advisable to update measles vaccination if in this age group or immunity can be determined by a simple blood test.
Rubella immunity also often decreases and is a special risk to pregnant women. Immunity is checked and vaccination provided to non-immune women prior to pregnancy. After vaccination pregnancy must be avoided for one month as it is a live vaccine.
Immunity to chickenpox is also important pre-pregnancy. Children now receive this vaccine at 18 months of age but many adults are non-immune and if this is confirmed by a blood test, 2 injections are given over a 2 month period.
People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is given against this. It is given earlier to high risk groups.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Girls are now able to receive the vaccine against cervical cancer at 12 via school. This Australian discovery is being used around the world and recent data confirms its success in significantly lowering pre-cancer changes the past 4 years since its introduction.
Chronic Disease Management
Heroes Home Doctor is able to manage any patient with a chronic disease such as asthma, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and renal impairment.
The service listens and works with its patients to not only prevent but also manage chronic diseases. The service provides regular checks on cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure with the aim to help advice and support improvement in these measures if required. Our GPs use national tools to assess risks of diseases and uses our health screening and family health questionnaire to help reduce individual risks.
Heroes Home Doctor has an excellent local referral network of specialists and Allied Health professionals to help with chronic disease management.
Heroes Home Doctor can provide palliative care support in the home. This can be just via the GP or our GPs working in collaboration with specialists and allied health professionals and district nurses.
Providing a home-based service works extremely well for palliative patients and can avoid hospital admissions.
Medications can be given at home that may not be able to be provided at GP clinics.
Mental Health can often be very confronting the patient. Heroes Home Doctor is able to support patients through any mental health concern and work in collaboration with psychologists or specialists.
All of our GPs are experienced in recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness to ensure effective support, treatment or referral when required.
Heroes Home Doctor has an excellent local referral network of specialists and Allied Health professionals to help with mental illness.
Mental Health conditions can include but are not limited to:
- Bipolar Disease
- Personality Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Drug addiction
- Alcohol Addiction
Heroes Home Doctor is able to carry out minor surgical procedures. Some can occur in the home but if this is not possible they are carried out at our affiliated clinic in Torquay.
Procedures may incur an additional charge outside of the annual or one-off visit fee but you will be advised of this before the procedure occurs.
Minor surgical procedures include but are not limited to:
- Laceration repair
- Removal of skin tags
- Removal of cysts
- Toe nail wedge recessions
- Removal of foreign bodies
- Cryotherapy for skin cancers, warts or other skin lesions
- Removal of unwanted lesions
- Removal of Skin Cancers
- Skin biopsies
Nursing Home Visits
Heroes Home Doctor can provide visits to patients at nursing homes.
To enquire further please discuss your requirements with our receptionists on 0478 957 890.
Dermatology, Skin Cancers and Full body Mole Mapping
Heroes Home Doctor can provide general dermatology care including the management of eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis and skin cancers. They can perform simple skin checks and monitor new or changing lesions. If a suspicious lesion is detected they will either be removed by the GPs themselves or may be referred to Medical Skin Clinic Australia in Torquay or a specialist.
Heroes Home Doctor is affiliated with Ministry of Skin.
This clinic is Torquay is dedicated to all your skin requirements and specialises in mole mapping, skin cancer medicine and surgery, antiaging, cosmetic and laser treatments.
Services at the clinic are not covered by any of the Heroes Home Doctor payment options or by Medicare
To arrange an appointment at Ministry of Skin please call 5261 6171.
Heroes Home Doctor is affiliated with Ministry of Skin
This clinic is Torquay is dedicated to all your skin requirements and specialises in skin cancer medicine and surgery, antiaging, cosmetic and laser treatments.
Services at the clinic are not covered by any of the Heroes Home Doctor payment options or by Medicare
To arrange an appointment at Ministry of Skin please call 5261 6171