Changes to Pap test screening

From 1 December 2017 there are some important changes the Pap test screening program (now known as the National Cervical Screening Program). The key messages  are: Younger women can wait to have cervical screening tests at the age of 25, where it used to be 18 Older women should have their next test at the time it is due (that is 2 years since your last Pap test, or sooner if you have been advised to do so previously) Women will now be offered ongoing screening up to the age of 74 The test will still be like a Pap …

Doctors on leave September/October

We’ve had a bit of a crazy time with doctors falling prey to the flu, so thanks for your patience with having to move appointments. The first week of September we are all finally back on deck, but then annual leave and school holidays kick in. Read on to see if your favourite doctor is going to be away: • Dr Shereena is away from the week starting 11 September and will be back on Saturday 23 September • Dr Annabel is away in the last week of September and back on Tuesday 3 October • Dr Jenny is away …

Organ donation registration

You may have come across the recent campaign to increase the number of people registered for organ donation. It’s important to note that even if you have ticked this on your driver’s licence, you should go to this page  and register linking your name and Medicare card number to your consent for organ donation. There is a lot more information at the Organ and Tissue Authority website, including FAQs about organ donation and the process, why you need to register, and how to have the important conversation about your decision with your family.   https://register.donatelife.gov.au/

Doctor’s leave – August/September

Dr Chris will be away from 14 August and back to work on 5 September. Dr Cara will be away from 22 August and back to work on 4 September. Dr Beth Oliver will be back with us to cover Dr Chris’ leave. Beth has now done 2 stints with us and is familiar with many of our patients. We are pleased that she will be working Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings, through to the end of September.

2017 flu vaccine

Just a reminder that it’s not to late to get a flu vaccine. It’s also worth doing this even if you already think you have had a flu-like illness this season. It’s possible that you have had another viral illness.  The peak period of flu transmission is usually late July and August and even well into September, so getting vaccinated  now will give you a good level of protection during that period. See here for some relevant data (NSW Health Influenza Surveillance Data) We especially encourage to do so if you are in one of the groups eligible for a free …

School holidays

Quick heads up on our doctors’ plans during the school holidays. Fortunately only Jenny and Annabel have school-aged children, so we have you covered. Annabel will be off after this Friday 30 June, and back to work on Monday 10 July. Jenny will finish on Friday 7 July and start back on Monday 17th July. As always, please come and see our other doctors during this period and they will report back to Annabel or Jenny as needed.  

Going up!

You will have noticed the practice has been very busy the last few months. We are excited to let you know that we have finally taken lease on the upstairs in our premises, which gives us an extra doctor’s room. As of 8 May we will be using this room for consulting sessions, initially 2 days a week. To start off Dr Chris Ganora will work upstairs on Tuesdays and Dr Shereena will work upstairs on Mondays and Wednesday afternoon. There may be changes over time and other doctors will also be working in the upstairs room. If you have …

Doctors on leave – locum arrangements

Those lucky doctors who can take their leave outside of school holidays have made some travel plans. Dr Cara will be away from 8 May – 15 June. Dr Vanessa is away from 16 May – 13 June. Dr Patti will be away for a week or so in June. This leaves a few gaps, but fear not – we have made arrangements to cover this period. Dr Beth Oliver is joining us again for the month of May. She will be working on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays. Some of our patients have already met Beth and have given us …

Flu vaccine in stock

The 2017 flu vaccine stocks have arrived at the practice. As previously advised there is no rush to get your vaccine immediately. If you have a plan to see your doctor some time in the next 6 weeks or so it will be fine to wait until then to have a flu vaccine during that visit. You will be eligible for a free flu vaccine if any of the following apply to you: • >65 years old • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander • Pregnant • Have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, and …

Practice Nurses

We are pleased to welcome a new Practice Nurse, Catherine Wark. Catherine will be sharing the position with Georgia, with the two of them working across Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our nurses are skilled, friendly and efficient. Their role in our clinical team is to assist our doctors with continuity of care for our patients, in particular those with complex or chronic medical conditions. You might get a phone call from Catherine or Georgia when you doctor is wanting to follow up a particular issue. You can book with the nurses for an immunisation, wound care, health assessment for over …