HEAR HEAR: Coffs Harbour Medical Centre staff Patti Brenton, Julie Walters, Dr Martyn and Mandy Harrison with Australian Hearings’ Karina Morrison (2nd from left).
HEAR HEAR: Coffs Harbour Medical Centre staff Patti Brenton, Julie Walters, Dr Martyn and Mandy Harrison with Australian Hearings’ Karina Morrison (2nd from left). Contributed

Hear hear to holistic health at revamped centre

THE redevelopment of the Coffs Harbour Medical Centre in Gordon St is nearing completion.

The long-awaited makeover means the Centre will be able to support the services of up to 13 GPs within a more holistic approach to health care.

As part of the centre's new health check service for patients, nurses can now conduct hearing screenings with the help of a new Audiometer and specialised training by Australian Hearing.

Australian Hearing's Audiologist, Megan Voisey trained nursing staff on hearing loss detection for patients and how to use the new audiometer. The nurses were also educated on the free referral process for professional audiological services.

Australian Hearing Manager, Karina Morrison says the new collaboration with Coffs Medical Centre will be of great value to local residents.

"Together we can offer an exceptional hearing service that is not only convenient for patients but synchronised with their general health care," Ms Morrison said.

"After we see a Coffs Medical Centre patient, we send a letter to the Medical Centre regarding the outcome of the hearing test so that GP's can keep the information on file for future reference. This allows a coordinated approach to a patient's overall health plan.

The Manager of Coffs Medical Centre, Mandy Harrison, said the new Audiometer and training has been a welcome addition to the Centre.

"Australian Hearing are educating our staff on all areas of hearing health so that we can easily detect and refer our patients to free hearing services," Ms Harrison said.



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