PERMANENT GP JOB
General Practitioner Vacancy
in Berkeley Vale, Central Coast
New South Wales (NSW)
BERKELEY VALE MEDICAL CENTRE
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre have a vacancy for a full time or part time permanent General Practitioner in our well-established medical practice near Tuggerah, on the Central Coast of NSW. Overwhelming patient demand and the pending retirement of one of our doctors has created this opportunity. Any incoming doctor can be assured of a full patient schedule in our medical centre that has been established for 35 years. We have a reputation in the community as a caring family owned holistic practice and would welcome a GP who wishes to sink their roots into our small community.
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre
10 Lorraine Ave
Berkeley Vale, NSW 2261
Fulltime or part time VR/General Practitioner
With possible DWS/DPA on application
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre was first established in 1987 on the shores of Tuggerah Lake in the Central Coast of NSW. We have two medical centres within close proximity to each other: Berkeley Vale Medical Centre and Jetty Medical Centre. Our two medical centres have developed a strong reputation in the local community due to our longevity (35 years) and our high standard of holistic family medical care. Both of our medical practices operate largely as one with full electronic integration and our doctors routinely consult from both practices, according to the needs of our patients.
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre is positioned in a small shopping complex just 500 metres from the shores of Tuggerah Lake and nestled between the lakeside communities of Chittaway Bay and Berkeley Vale. We are a training practice with a regular annual crop of medical students and registrars working closely with our very experienced permanent GPs.
Our surgery is owned by a group of four doctors who have worked together for more than 25 years.
We currently have nine doctors working between our Berkeley Vale and Jetty Medical Centres. We have a great mix of female and male doctors. Their level of experience ranges from over 25 years to those recently Fellow’ed. We have a warm & friendly group of doctors, who often go for a lunchtime surf together.
We are located in a metropolitan, MMM level 1 region. Our Berkeley Vale Medical Centre holds current DPA status.
Our Berkeley Vale practice has 5 consulting rooms and a treatment room. All consulting rooms have individually controlled aircon and four have windows for natural light. Our Staff room is equipped with amenities such as fridge, microwave, small appliances and tea/coffee. The medical centre has a public carpark directly outside for use by staff and patients.
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm. Saturdays has one surgery open with doctors, on a rotating roster of 1 Saturday in approx. 8. Berkeley Vale has 3-4 doctors on duty in the morning and 2-3 in the afternoon. Appointments are scheduled in ten-minute timeslots with breaks negotiated with the doctor.
Our 1 Bed treatment room is equipped with a fully electronic hi-lo bed with electronic backrest. We are able to provide care for gynaecological procedures such as IUD insertion, excisions, laceration repairs, incision and drainage, ECG, ABI doppler. We have dermatoscopes, modern foetal dopplers, cryosurgery and can manage minor trauma in-house.
Admin support is headed by a partnership of experienced Practice Manager and Office Managers, complemented by a team of experienced reception staff. We strive to be a paperless practice. All files are fully computerised since 2010 and both surgeries share the same database meaning that patients can be seen seamlessly at either of our sites. We are fully accredited until mid-2023. Our practice management software is Best Practice. Our staff are proficient in use of Medicare systems including HPOS, AIR and PRODA.
Both of our Practices are supported by a team of Registered Nurses. All our regular Registered Nurses hold Immunisation certification and have worked in General Practice for a minimum of 3 years. RNs are scheduled 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
ALLIED HEALTH SERVICES
We have no Allied Health Services currently onsite, but a full range of Allied Health Services are available in the Tuggerah area.
We currently have no specialist services onsite, but a full range of specialist services are available in the Tuggerah and Gosford area, along with Wyong Public Hospital approx. 20 minutes away and Gosford Public Hospital approx. 25 minutes away.
Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology has rooms directly next door to each of our practices providing easy access to pathology for patients. There are multiple imaging providers located within ten minutes of each practice providing plenty of options for doctors to choose to whom they refer.
OTHER CLINICAL SERVICES
Our doctors offer skin cancer screening, ABI doppler, ECG. We have one doctor trained in the placement & removal of IUDs and contraceptive implants as well as medical termination of pregnancy.
We have an ageing population on the Central Coast with chronic and complex health needs. We have approximately 2.5% of patients identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander which is slightly higher than the Central Coast as a whole. We also have a large cohort of families with young children. Our doctors also visit local nursing homes and group homes.
We are a mixed billing practice charging $70 for a Standard Consult and $115 for a Long. We bulk bill children aged 18 and under if they are at school as well as bulk-billing pension or concession card holders.
Patient demand is high. Routine appointments are usually booked out a week in advance, with certain doctors booked for 3 weeks in advance. Usual time allocated is ten minutes per appointment. Doctors usually see between 4-6 patients/ hour. Our books are currently closed to new patients until mid-year.
Located half-way between Newcastle and Sydney, the Central Coast offers the convenience of a city and the laidback lifestyle of the coast.
We are located within 10 minutes of several large shopping centres including Westfield Tuggerah and Bateau Bay Square. Erina Fair, a large single level shopping centre is also only 25 minutes away. The area is serviced by public transit buses and Tuggerah Railway Station is located only 10 minutes away. There is a bus stop right next door to our surgery.
Tuggerah and Gosford are well known for our pristine beaches, beautiful national parks with walking trails, kilometres of dedicated bike and walking tracks and many great places to eat. Some of the more popular tourist attractions include The Australian Reptile Park, Treetops, Magenta Golf Course, local swimming pools and cinemas, Walkabout park, Somersby Falls and Kariong Parklands.
SKILLS OR INTERESTS SOUGHT
We are looking for a very family-oriented GP who is passionate and caring about the members of their community. Our ideal doctor would have a broad range of clinical skills, but we are happy to cater for any specific clinical interests you wish to pursue.
We have a combination of growing patient demand in the area as well as a doctor looking to retire. Some of our other long term doctors are also wishing to slowly wind back their hours with a view to semi-retirement in the future.
We have the capacity to take on 2-3 new doctors. Any new doctors would ideally be available for 8-9 sessions/week between both sites as well as a share of our rotating (1:8) Saturday roster. Market competitive remuneration rates would be offered. Partnership opportunities may be available after a qualifying period. Whilst we are looking for a permanent doctor we would be happy to consider a locum provided they have a view to a permanent position.
Emma Hallett (Practice Manager)
Berkeley Vale Medical Centre
Phone: (02) 4388 3985
Mobile: 0403 927 063
Posted: 5th April 2022
Position Reference: DY17093