The Local Doctor has been built on genuine passion for providing the best health care available. We pride ourselves on being an integral part of the Diamond Creek community and love where we live!
From the rural days of dirt roads and horse driven carriages, Diamond Creek has evolved into a bustling community and we are at the forefront of providing our patients premium and best practice health care.
Started by Dr Chris Irwin and Laura Vissaritis, The Local Doctor was always a vision both had where an environment that was safe, relaxing and positive was available to all. We have excellent doctors, exceptional nursing staff and a reception Team better than any we have seen.
Let us look after you, the best way possible. Welcome to our Local Doctor family.
Do I need to have a skin check?
Are you at high risk of skin cancer?
- High-risk patients
- White males age 50 and above
- Family history of melanoma
- Total nevus count above 25 (although melanomas also arise in patients with fewer moles)
- One or more atypical nevi
- Significant childhood/adolescent/young adult sun exposure including at least one blistering or painful sunburn under age 30 years, chronic outdoor activities without adequate photo protection, or indoor tanning beds (solarium use).
- Childhood radiation exposure
- Immunocompromising condition, particularly chronic use of medications that suppress the immune system
- A subset of the high-risk patients are considered to be at very high risk.
- Very high-risk patients
- Very strong family history of melanoma (at least three melanomas on one side of the lineage)
- Personal history of multiple atypical nevi (moles)
There is strong evidence that all patients at high risk of melanoma should be seen by a skin doctor for a thorough examination at least once a year. There is evidence this results in melanoma being diagnosed earlier, when it is thinner and less likely to spread through the body (3,4,5)
For patients that are not high risk - the evidence is less certain. We recommend considering skin checks from age 35, and then subsequent imaging based on your unique risk discussed in detail with your treating skin doctor.
Please note - if you are concerned about an individual spot for any reason, specifically if it is growing, changing colour, itching, bleeding or simply appears different to all your other spots (an "ugly duckling") we recommend you see a skin doctor immediately regardless of your risk status for melanoma.
What Can I Expect?
You will initially spend 20 minutes with the nurse who will perform a "skin map" - a state of the art system in which we digitise your body head to toe to track individual moles as well as the best way to spot new moles over time.
After seeing the nurse you will spend 40 minutes with the doctor. They will assess your individual risk for skin cancer and then perform a thorough head to toe examination, including through the scalp, inside the mouth and even between the toes.
We use the latest skin mapping equipment from Visiomed, a company specialized in skin cancer technology based in Germany. You will be able to see your skin on our widescreen under our specialised digital dermatoscopes - zoomed up to 100x magnification.
After the skin check the doctor will prepare a personalised plan for you that may include skin cancer prevention strategies, treatment of precancerous lesions with laser or advanced creams, or recommend a biopsy.
For patients that have only a few spots (up to 3) they are concerned about we book a shorter 20 minute appointment. These spots are treated with the same thoroughness as the full skin check and are carefully examined with our state of the art equipment and skill. Each spot will be reviewed with you being able to see lesion in depth and at great magnification.
Welcome to Our Clinic
We are open 7 Days a Week because you need access to your local doctor when you are sick, not when it fits neatly within business hours!
- 800AM - 600PM
- 900AM - 500PM
- 900AM - 100PM
See what we provide for your health
The Local Doctor is just that! We provide the very best health care for everyone in the local community.With experienced doctors, with special interests in paediatrics, skin cancer and cosmetics, The Local Doctor strives to give you the best health care possible.If you would like to visit us, feel free to drop by and say hi!To ensure you will be seen by a Doctor that day, please make a booking