13th April, 2021
17th March, 2020
If you already have booked in for your COVID-19 vaccine, please print the consent form, complete it on the day of your appointment and bring it with you.
If you do not have access to a printer, the Doctor will verbally go through this with you at the time of your appointment.
1st February, 2021
Today we celebrate 60 years of Wellers Hill Medical Centre! It was established by Dr Nicholas Conomos on the 1st February 1961, the day of the birth of this son, James. The practice started as a small weatherboard house, which also housed the dental practice of John Pentice. Initially consisting of a small and narrow consulting room with 2 long brown benches for patients to wait and a tiny reception area. Patients were welcome at any time and no appointments were necessary. Dr Conomos would also deliver babies and perform tonsillectomies at the hospitals and patients were happy to go home and return later in the day, if he had to delivery a baby. The first receptionist was Mrs Conomos who would bring her 2 year old daughter, Rosalie to the practice while she worked.
It gradually became busier and in time other Doctors joined the team. It began with Dr Minas Mina in 1974 (leaving in 1987) then Dr Stan Theodoros in 1977, Dr Rosalie Theodoros in 1983 and then Dr Nicholas Gianarakis in 1988. As the practice continued to expand, more Doctors joined over the years. Because of this, the building was constantly being added to. In the late 1990s, the immediate neighbours sold their home to Wellers Hill Medical Centre and plans were made to rebuild the practice. In 2001 that house was modified to enable us to temporarily function from there during construction of the new building. We started seeing patients at the new premises on the original site of 16 Denham Terrace on the 15th October 2001. At the time we thought this building was more than adequate for the future needs of the practice.
However, medicine is constantly evolving and we felt that we could better serve the health needs of our community by improving access to services and so in 2018 Brisbane Health Connect was built. This houses QML Pathology, Wellers Hill Dental, Selective Hearing, Circle of Life Therapy, AusTrials, Wellness Through Movement and Brisbane Medical Specialists (BMS). Specialist Doctors from various specialities as well as allied health such as Toetal Podiatry and Nutrition Compass visit BMS. We also renovated and extended Wellers Hill Medical Centre which subsequently underwent a massive growth. We now have a wonderful team of 16 Doctors with 6 nurses, a dedicated chronic disease nurse and many administration staff all managed capably by our Practice Manager, Cathy Sawyer, Office Manager, Amy Laki and Nurse Manager, Jo Sanders.
In 2005, Dr Conomos retired, exactly 44 years after opening Wellers Hill Medical Centre. He continued to maintain an active interest in his patients and the practice in general until the day he died in 2017. True to his philosophy we have continued to play a role in educating medical and nursing students, GP registrars and in medical research.
Finally, the most important element of our practice sinces its inception, has been our wonderful patients. It has been our privilege to care for so many wonderful people, in some cases up to 5 generations within the one family. Hopefully we can continue to provide excellent medical care with respect and integrity and together face the challenges in the years to come. This was something that Dr Conomos instilled in all those who worked with him and we continue to practice with those principles.
Written by Dr Rosalie Theodoros, 1st February 2021
13th January, 2021
There will be a scheduled maintenance of our telephone lines on Thursday 14th January at 12pm for around 30 minutes, however this may be longer.
During this time, we will be unable to receive any incoming calls.
If your matter is a medical emergency please call 000, or present to your nearest emergency department.
If you would like to a make a booking during this time, our online booking system will be available.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
19th November, 2020
As of the 19th November, 2020 our Doctors will now be using “BetterConsult”, a pre-consultation questionnaire that is completed by you to give your Doctor a better understanding of the reason for your visit.
This is for patients aged 18 – 70 years. If you have consented to receive SMS from us, you will be sent an SMS from WHMC 24 hours prior to your appointment with a link to complete the questionnaire. If you have not consented to SMS and would like to receive this for future appointments, please give us a call and let us know.
This is completely voluntary but recommended to help get the most out of your consultation with your Doctor.
How does BetterConsult benefit you?
Spend more time talking about treatment – Focus on discussing treatment options instead of going over symptoms.
Never forget what you want to cover with your GP – Take your time documenting each health concern before your appointment.
Answer questions about your health, in private – Consider your symptoms and medications, in privacy.
Rely on security of your medical data – Document your information securely so that it is only seen by your Doctor.
19th November, 2020
Have you met our specialist GP in skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment? Dr Chris Thelander has a special interest in skin checks and skin cancer removal surgeries.
He is able to perform more complex and involved surgeries including facial surgeries involving local flaps and skin grafting.
National Skin Cancer Action Week is a good reminder to keep up to date with regular skin checks and to become more familiar with your own skin, to be able to monitor for any changes in shape, colour or appearance of any moles or spots.
Dr Chris Thelander is available Monday – Friday and is able to see you for your regular skin checks or with any other skin concerns.
15th November, 2020
This week marks National Skin Cancer Action Week and runs from 15th – 21st November! 😎
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
This is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of early skin cancer detection.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Every year in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Around 2000 people die from this disease every year.
However, more than 95% of skin cancer cases are caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun, meaning it is a nearly entirely preventable cancer.
There are five simple things you can do to protect yourself and greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer.
☀️Slip on sun-protective clothing
☀️Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours afterwards
☀️Slap on a broad-brim hat to protect your face, head, neck, and ears.
☀️Slide on sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards
A combination of the five measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.