A new health hub will be at the field days for the first time, with bulk-billed walk-in medical and pathological services.
Operated by Tatton Medical Centre, of Wagga, the health hub will be located at 565 in Block N and provide skin cancer checks, Q-fever, blood pressure, pathology and mental health services.
Practice manager Tahli Hattwell said Tatton had a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach, focusing on each patient’s individual needs.
“Our doctors and nursing staff strive to provide a convenient and collective service that supports the need of the whole person,’’ Ms Hattwell said.
She said the field days health hub would heighten awareness of Tatton’s ability to provide preventative health for rural communities.
Complimentary bags with information on Riverina Mole Check, Cancer Council, women’s health and Tatton Medical Centre’s services would be provided to field day visitors.
“Everything we are offering at the field days is a walk-in service and will be bulk billed,’’ Ms Hattwell said.
There will be a doctor on site for skin checks, a nurse available for blood pressure checks and observations and a doctor specialising in mental health.
The health hub will also have pathology services on-site with doctors qualified in Q-fever vaccinations, diagnosis and care, plus blood samples can be collected for cholesterol or diabetes checks.
For those with aching muscles or simply feeling the stress of the season, Shiree Gilles from Balance Within Remedial Massage will be available for chair massages in the health hub.
In the same location, field day patrons can relax with a complimentary tea or coffee and biscuit provided by St Paul’s Lutheran Ladies Guild.
“At Tatton, our main focus is on prevention and having community members understand their own health needs,’’ Ms Hattwell said.
“We have a big passion for changing the medical industry – we are opening a laser clinic for hair removal and skin rejuvenation this month (September).
“We are aiming to offer a mobile service for skin checks to rural and regional communities in the next 12 to 18 months.’’
Tatton Medical Centre owns the Riverina Mole Check brand, led by principal doctor Ramsay Barsoum.
“One in 14 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with melanoma at some point in their life,’’ Ms Hattwell said.
Tatton Medical Centre has gained more than 2700 skin check patients in the past five years, with the database continuing to grow as awareness and services expand.
Patients travel from as far as Griffith, Leeton, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cootamundra, Temora, Junee and Deniliquin to Tatton Medical Centre for skin checks.
In skin check consultations, a digital skin microscope (dermascope) takes close-up photos to locate, examine and monitor the characteristics of spots or moles on a patient’s skin.
“Having skin checks and follow up checks with the FotoFinder technology enables us to detect and analyse any changes to assess for malignancy and help make accurate decisions towards lesion excisions or cancer removal,’’ Ms Hattwell said.
Changes to look out for:
- New moles
- Growth, bigger or smaller in size, thickness or height
- Lighter, darker or different coloration
- Unusual sensations like itchiness or burning
- Any changes to the surrounding area of the mole, such as redness, white discolouration or swelling