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Local medical practice announced as a finalist in major Queensland business award

15 Aug 2007 7:59 AM - Medicine on Second

Local medical practice Medicine on Second have been announced as a finalist in the Small Business Champion Awards in the Professional Services category.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been named as a finalist”, says practice manager Nicky Jardine who was on annual leave in Hamilton Island when she received the good news last week.

“We’ve really tried to break the mould of a traditional doctor’s surgery to position ourselves as a truly modern medical practice and to give our growing list of patients a truly Sunshine Coast experience each and every time they come and see us. That has meant lots of hard work and at times pushing boundaries because of course our industry is highly regulated and there are many restrictions on what we can and can’t do when it comes to trying to modernise the experience of visiting a doctor. But when you’re named as a finalist in an award like this it all seems worthwhile!”

Boasting two practices with 11 doctors and a total of 15 support staff members – the practice’s flagship medical centre in Maroochydore has ten consulting rooms, well equipped minor procedure rooms with state-of-the-art surgical lighting and equipment and a second ‘sister’ practice opened in February in Forest Glen.

Apart from the spacious, air-conditioned surrounds where kids movies on a plasma screen, local art works, a play area, and complimentary coffee and biscuits are on offer, Medicine on Second’s big point of difference is it’s ability to offer a virtually unheard of ‘same day policy’ whereby patients can call up, and almost always get an appointment the day they call.

“If a patient is unwell enough to call us, we know they’ll want to see a doctor right away. That’s why we have a same day policy,” says Jardine.

The practice also takes a ‘wholistic’ approach to health care with a warehouse size pharmacy on site and the introduction of a Psychologist, Exercise Physiologist, Dietician, hearing services and Diabetic Nurse Educator as part of their extended services.

“In addition many of our GPs have their own special interests and these contribute to the extra and extensive services we can provide our clients. We like to deal with our patient’s health problems in their physical, psychological, social, cultural and existential dimensions,” says Jardine. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 22 September at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane. For more information about the practice see: www.medicineonsecond.com.au.