Smith Street Medical Centre
&
Skin Cancer Clinic

28 Smith Street, Charlestown

New South Wales, 2290

Smith Street Medical Centre & Skin Cancer Clinic

28 Smith Street, Charlestown

New South Wales, 2290

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri8.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday8.00am - 12.30pm
SundayClosed
 
After Hours GP services available
After Hours Phone: 1300 130 147

Book an appointment online

or

Phone (02) 4943 3066

Womens Health

Skin Checks and treatment, Skin Cancer Clinic


Skin cancers are very common in Australia, mainly as a result of our climate and our love of spending time in the sun, along with the fact that many of us have fair skin.

The three major types of skin cancer are:       

Basal cell carcinoma: the most common form of skin cancer and begins in the epidermis (outer layer of skin
Squamous cell carcinoma: the second most commonn type of skin cancer, also begins in the epidermis
Melanoma: the most serious skin cancer, which begins in the skin cells called melanocytes that produce skin colour (meklanin).

Early detection is an important step in the management of skin cancers and their associated risk.

Regular self-checks of your skin and noting any irregularities and changes in skin pigmentations and moles promotes early detection.

Visiting your GP and having an annual skin check is recommended. Skin cancers are found on the areas of our body that are not exposed to the sun and these may not be detected when self-checking.

All of our GPs perform skin cancer checks and we have a Skin Cancer Clinic here where the doctors remove skin cancers that do not need to be referred to a plastic surgeon for removal.

Asthma Action Plans


                  WHAT IS ASTHMA?
                                                                 
Asthma is a condition of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma.  this makes it harder for them to breathe.
 
Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
Airways diagram - large
  • The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation)
  • Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways
  • Muscles around the airways squeeze tight. This is called ‘bronchoconstriction’
     
One in ten people in Australia has asthma - that's over two million people!
Asthma affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older.

What should I do if I think I have asthma?
If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. The good news is that most people can control their asthma with medicatons and lead a normal life. Once your asthma is well controlled you should experience only occasional symptoms, and asthma attacks (or flare-ups) should be rare.

Note: If asthma is left untreated the long term inflammation of the airway can cause permanent damage to the airway. This can lead to Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) so it’s important to see your doctor if you have any concerns.
              
 Asthma Action Plan
 All asthmatics should have regular check-ups with their General Practitioner make an appointment online and have an Asthma Action Plan done so that they can manage their asthma and help to prevent having asthma attacks.

These plans let you know what to do when you are feeling well, what to do when you are feeling unwell such as when you have a cold, and what to do when you are having an asthma attack.

 It is important to have these check-ups even when you have not had an asthma attack for a long time as you are still at risk of having an attack and need to check that the medication you are taking (or not taking) is still appropriate for you. 
 
Asthma Australia

Breast feeding advice


Breastfeeding FAQs

 

Why is breastfeeding important?

Breastmilk is the normal food for babies, designed by nature for human infants:

Breastfeeding is important for mothers too.

  • It's convenient, cheap and always there when you need it.
  • It's always fresh, clean and safe.
  • It quickly soothes a fussy, unhappy baby.
  • It helps your uterus return to its normal size after childbirth.
  • It gives you a chance to sit down during the day and rest.
  • Breastfeeding helps create a close and loving bond between you and your baby and can be a deeply satisfying experience for you both.

How soon after birth can I start to breastfeed?

Most babies have a strong need to suck when they are first born, so if you are both well you can start straight away. The first milk in your breasts is called colostrum.
 

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au
 

Family Planning



Make an appointment to speak to your doctor about
  • contraceptives
  • sexual health
  • flamily planning
http://www.fpnsw.org.au/

Menopause



What Exactly Is Menopause?

Menopause

When this happens, you start experiencing the classic symptoms of menopause such as Hot Flushes, Night Sweats, Vaginal Dryness, Irritability, Mood Swings, Headaches, Fatigue and Low libido. In some women it starts in their mid 30s. Other’s go through menopause in their late 40s or even 50s.
 
Some women may experience these symptoms for months or for years afterwards. Generally menopause would last an average of 2 to 5 years. Menopause is a normal part of life and just like puberty, it is not a disease. Menopause can be officially declared when there has been a absence of menstruation for more than 12 months. Menopause is generally preceded by peri menopause which is a transitional stage with some of the symptoms of menopause and is usually accompanied by irregular periods. There are however, many signs that lead up to menopause and many of these signs or symptoms will extend beyond the actual start of Menopause. These signs are related to the hormonal changes a woman’s body is experiencing and they effect each woman in different ways. Similarly men go through this “change of life” which is call Andropause.
 



 

Menopause Australia

Well Women Checks


What is a Pap smear?

In 1928, Dr Papanicolaou discovered that cells in the cervix change in appearance before they become cancerous. The Pap smear, named after the doctor, is used to check changes in the cervix (the neck of the womb) at the top of the vagina. It is a screening tool to find early warning signs that cancer might develop in the future.

The Pap smear is a simple procedure. Cells are collected from the cervix and placed (smeared) onto a slide. The slide is sent to a laboratory where the cells are tested for anything unusual. If abnormal changes are found at screening, further tests will be done to see if treatment is needed.

The Pap smear is not for diagnosing cancer, but rather, for finding early changes which might become cancer.

A Pap smear only takes a few minutes. No drugs or anaesthetics are required and it can be done by a general practitioner, nurse or women's health worker.

The Pap smear does not check for other problems in the reproductive system including ovarian cancer. It is not a check for sexually transmitted infections. Women who are worried that they may have a sexually transmitted infection should talk to their general practitioner about the tests and treatments available.

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

In the early stages of cervical cancer, there are usually no symptoms. The only way to detect changes is if you have a Pap smear. 

If you have any abnormal vaginal bleeding (such as intermittent bleeding, bleeding after sex or after menopause), abnormal or persistent vaginal discharge (bloody or offensive), or pelvic pain, you should see your general practitioner.

Cancer Screening

Your GP will do your pap smear and skin check and if requested a breast check.
Alternately you can book in with the RN for your pap smear.
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