Practice News

Welcome to Ochre Health Bonnells Bay Dr Jason Maher

Dr Mark Peterson - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
Ochre Health Bonnells Bay would like to welcome Dr Jason Maher who recently started in August, 2019.

Bonnells Bay Surgery becomes Ochre Medical Centre Bonnells Bay

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, June 28, 2019 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Dr Van Rooy and Dr Peterson have decided the time is right to get additional support through joining a national general practice group. After much consideration, we have decided to become part of the Ochre Health Group and the practice will be known as Ochre Medical Centre Bonnells Bay.

Why have we made this change?

Since opening our doors in 1991, we have been focused on delivering high quality care and improving the health of the local community. Our aim in joining a larger group is to make sure the practice and our community support continues strongly for many decades to come. Being part of Ochre Health also gives us the opportunity to share ideas and continue to improve the medical services we provide.

Why Ochre Health?

Ochre Health was established by two doctors in the NSW Outback town of Bourke in 2002 to provide care for rural communities. Still owned by its founders, the company has grown to become a leading provider of high quality healthcare to rural, regional and urban communities around Australia. Our own heritage and values are closely aligned with Ochre Health and we feel Bonnells Bay Surgery will not only fit well into the Ochre Health network, but that our patients will benefit from the integration over time.

Will this change affect patients now?

No. The practice will simply have a new name and access to the support, resources and expertise of a larger group. Patients will still see the same familiar faces of our staff and doctors at our practice in the Bay Shopping Square on Fishery Point Rd.

Importantly, there will be no changes to:

• Our operating hours, phone number and booking options
• Our doctors, staff and other health practitioners
• Our billing policy
• Our secure storage of your medical records and patient information

We look forward to continuing to serve the community with a wide range of medical services including general medical assessments, vaccinations, skin cancer checks and procedures, mental health services, chronic disease management and the range of other services provided by our visiting practitioners.

If patients or members of the community have any questions about this news and what it means for them, they are welcome to speak to our friendly reception team.

Bonnells Bay Surgery has its own electrocardiograph

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

The Bonnells Bay Surgery has its own electrocardiograph and can provide patients with an immediate electrocardiogram (ECG) which is a medical test that detects cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts.

A doctor may recommend an ECG for people who may be at risk of heart disease because there is a family history of heart disease, or because they smoke, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.  An ECG may also be required for some employment or leisure activity medical examinations.

They may also recommend an ECG if a person is experiencing symptoms such as:-      chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, or fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations).    ECG's are often performed to monitor the health of people who have been diagnosed with heart problems, to help assess artificial cardiac pacemakers or to monitor the effects of certain medications on the heart.

Shingles Vaccination for 70-79 year old patients

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
The government is currently offering and recommending shingles vaccination for any person between the ages of 70-79.   This is available at the Bonnells Bay Surgery.  A pre-screening appointment needs to be made with your GP prior to administration of this vaccine due to medical considerations.  If you would like to have it administered on the same day please also make an appointment with the nurse.

Mirena Intrauterine Device

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, March 18, 2016 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
Dr Angela Lewis and Dr Georgina Girdler have now completed training for insertion of Mirena intrauterine device for contraception or management of heavy periods.  To discuss this option please book an appointment with either Dr Lewis or Dr Girdler.

Immunisation News

Dr Mark Peterson - Monday, December 21, 2015 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Zoster Vaccine (Shingles)

This vaccine will be available FREE to all 70 years olds commencing November, 2016.   A short term catch up program will run for those aged between 71 and 79 years.  Please talk to one of our practice nurses for more information.

Recent Education Activities

Dr Mark Peterson - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Dr Mark Peterson attended the annual conference of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine on October 7th, where the main topics were endocrine and eye aspects of aviation certification. Mark especially enjoyed the presentations given by two former undergraduate University colleagues - Dr Ian Cheng who is now a staff Occupational Physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, and Professor Mark McLean, who gave a talk on pituitary disease. Associate Professor Simon Roger, a local renal physician , gave a talk on the complications of diabetes at the same meeting. Dr Bruce King, a senior Paediatrician from John Hunter Hospital also gave the results of very recent research of his team on the altitude related dysfunction of sub-cutaneous insulin pumps in children.

On the 23rd of October Dr Van Rooy and Dr Peterson will be attending a Geriatric Assessment meeting in Melbourne. It is hoped that keeping our geriatric skills up to date will be helpful to the many older patients in the area who rely on the practice.

Some of the practice doctors (Dr Van Rooy, Dr Peterson and Dr Girdler) and nurses are attending several Diabetes Workshops in association with the Hunter Area Health Services specialists.  We have participated in the Diabetes Alliance which has enabled additional specialist input into our patient diabetic health.

Dr Nelson, Visiting Cardiologist, has recently given the doctors and nurses an update on investigations of ischaemic heart disease and in particular, CT scans of coronary arteries.

Later this year the surgery will be involved in an alliance with the area health service for the improvement of care of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (previously known as emphysema) and in the REFRAME Practice activity to improve the care of patients with osteoporosis.

Have you seen the new '000' Website?

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, October 07, 2011 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
The Australian Government has just launched a new Website Initiative to aid in Emergency Procedures. is a fantastic resource with up to date information on how to stay focused, stay relevant and stay on the line in an Emergency situation.

With great fact sheet downloads, other emergency numbers and information about the emergency call service, it helps provide community education about this important medical service.

How do I organise a Referral to a Specialist?

Dr Mark Peterson - Friday, September 16, 2011 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

If you need to see a specialised service regarding your illness, we will arrange a referral for you. It's best to make the appointment early. You can always cancel an appointment you don’t need, but you can’t go to an appointment you didn’t make.

Test results relating to the referral will be either:
a) Sent directly to the specialist;
b) Picked up by the patient from the surgery prior to the appointment with the specialist;
c) Sent to the patients home to take to the specialist.

Generally speaking, we don’t send results through the public hospital system (Mater Hospital Oncology excepted) as they tend to get lost. An exception is if the doctor in the specific public hospital clinic has a direct named unique fax number.

Helping our Community

Dr Mark Peterson - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

We are very excited to announce our new Website, which is designed to be a Medical Portal for our Patients and Staff.

Designed as a patient reference and local resource, plans to be a focal point for our community health initiative.