Bonnells Bay Surgery


Our History

Bonnells Bay Surgery was started in April 1991 when Dr Van Rooy and Dr Peterson came to Lake Macquarie for a holiday soon after finishing General Practice Training. The area seemed pleasant, and the local chemist mentioned that there wasn’t a GP next to his Pharmacy! A respected friend encouraged them to start, and the practice was built in 8 weeks. At the start, the credit squeeze was in full tilt and finance at 19% was exceedingly hard to find. The existing doctors in the area including Southlake's Practice, and Dr John Evans, were very polite and courteous during our initial approach to them about our intentions, and we thank them for this.

The practice gradually grew, and for many years we did our own after hours work day and night, with the help of Dr Merlene Spear from Cooranbong. This certainly left us with some very “colourful” memories of the area.

On several occasions the practice needed to expand, and gradually the facility grew to 7 consulting rooms, 3 treatment rooms and a nursing office, along with the various administrative rooms and a tearoom/conference room. We always wanted to have a waiting room where we knew most of the people.

The practice was an early adopter of computerisation of practice notes and scripts in the mid 1990s with the encouragement of Dr Evans, and in 2005 the records became fully digitised after a strong hint from a young GP registrar.

We particularly want to thank the wonderfully hard working and skilled staff, doctors and nurses who have helped over the last 20 years.

Current

The practice usually has between 3-5 doctors working at one time, and 1-2 nurses, along with a Cardiologist with echocardiogram service, Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Podiatrist, Dietitian, Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist and an Audiologist. View our Clinical Staff and Associates profiles.

One or two of the medical positions are training positions for the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) Fellowship exams, and the registrars are very involved in their educational pursuits. The practice offers nursing home care and house calls as needed, however if you are able to get to the practice this is preferable.

Our after hours is done cooperatively through GP Access at Toronto, however post surgical, very unwell or palliative patients often have an arrangement with the practice for after hours care.