For over 50 years our family general practice has provided quality health care to local hills residents and is particularly convenient to access for those in Belair, Flagstaff Hill, Coromandel Valley and Aberfoyle Park. The Blackwood Clinic is a fully accredited general practice with experienced General Practitioners who provide a complete and personal approach to patients medical needs with a focus on preventative medicine and active health promotion. Our nursing team work in close collaboration under the guidance of our GPs to deliver this quality service.
The Blackwood Clinic is offering face to face AND telehealth medical consultations. Simply book via our helpful administration staff or online.
All RESPIRATORY presentations will be managed over the phone
In order to keep our patients and our staff safe during this global pandemic, anyone with respiratory symptoms must not attend the clinic.
Respiratory symptoms include any of the following, even if they are very mild:
We recommend anyone with respiratory symptoms to present for a Covid-19 swab, and your doctor can help you with this. Flinders Medical Centre and Mt Barker Hospital does not need a referral for a Covid-19 test. The drive through clinic at Repat will require a phone consultation and a referral.
If you are presenting with an unrelated issue and you develop ANY cold and flu symptom, you must inform our staff and NOT attend the clinic in person. It doesn't matter if your symptoms are extremely mild.
There are situations when the Doctors will attend to respiratory symptoms in person, but that occurs only after a telephone consultation, and usually after a negative Covid-19 swab has been demonstrated.
Telehealth Medicare changes as of 20/7/2020
Medicare will now only provide telehealth rebates to existing patients of the clinic. The Australian Government views this as being seen in person at our clinic within the last 12 months. If you have not been seen within this time frame or are a new patient, and you wish to be consulted via telehealth, you will be charged the full cost of the consult. This new rule does not apply to children less than 12 months old.
For the majority of patients who have been seen in the last 12 months, The Blackwood Clinic will endeavour to bulk bill telehealth consultations where possible. However, the medicare rules regarding this are complex, and there may be situations when a gap is required.
The Blackwood Clinic would like to inform patients that David has retired due to medical reasons.
A message from David to all staff and patients:
"I wish to announce my sudden retirement for health reasons. Just a continuance of the little journey I have had for the past 4 years or so. It has been a privilege and pleasure knowing each of you, imparting a bit of wisdom at times, but learning so much more. You whom I have known well will know what high regard I hold you in. I must thank all the past and present staff and colleagues who have made the journey so enjoyable"
All of us here at the Blackwood Clinic wish to thank David for his outstanding service to his patients.
David is and will always be the most caring and sincere doctor, it has been a privilege to work with David.
We wish David, Michelle and their family all the love and support.
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