We've only been on the Sunshine Coast for a year and after having the same doctor in Brisbane for 14 years, I'm finding it a bit daunting to start all over again. Yes, I know there's a doctor on every corner, a pathologist on every second corner and medical centres all over the place, but honestly when there's such a huge choice, HOW does one choose?
Suncoast Christian Health Centre
We have Suncoast Christian Health Centre, who are open 24/7 with a doctor on-site at all times, but I'm not sure if a place that caters for every emergency under the sun is the place to find a homily, caring family doctor if one just wants to chat! But, I must add they're fantastic with emergencies and I have had personal experience of their caring in just such a situation.
Ochre Medical Centre
Then there's Ochre Medical Centre - classified as a Superclinic - boasting 3000m2 of space, spread over two floors. This Centre newly opened in March 2014 and currently enjoys a wide range of supporting allied health services. My question is with so many doctors available, what assurances do I have that I can see the same one twice - should I be in the fortunate position of finding one that I 'connect' with!
There's one on every corner!
We also have Buderim Medical Centre, who appear to have a very extensive list of services on offer including: Aged Health Care (I'm not THAT old yet, am I?); Antenatal Care (hoping this category is no longer applicable to me); Travel Advice and Vaccinations (I could definitely get some use out of this one) plus many, many more. Perhaps a visit here might bring on the elusive family doctor?
Oops, this one's for our furry family!
So, we get back to my dilemma - where does one start - who's your favourite family doctor, someone who likes to sit and chat?
Lake Kawana General Practice are the best doctors I have ever been to plus they have a huge room for seeing patients with severe problems about 8-10 beds and I think there is 15 doctors so nice and large to be able to do everything for you
Dr Brendan Meagher at the Maroochy 7 Day Medical Centre is an excellent GP. He is thorough, knowledgeable, experienced and caring. Brendan will treat you as a person, not just a collection of symptoms and he doesn't rush you. The only down side is that he is in high demand so it's not always easy to get an appointment and, because he hasn't rushed earlier patients, he might be running late.
Buderim Marketplace Medical Centre, Buderim, Sunshine Coast. We have had THE best care and preventive medicine advice from Dr David Hawes for over 22 years. Staff are fantastic - professional, sympathetic, and cheering to the spirits, consistently, over all these years.