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 …

Doctors’ Hours in January

Happy New Year to you all! We are back to our normal opening hours from Tuesday 3rd January, however some doctors are having a break. Please book in with an alternate doctor – we are always happy to hand over to your regular doctor if there are issues that need follow up. Dr Patricia and Dr Cara are here all month, as is Dr John on Saturdays Dr Jenny is back at work on Monday 9 January Dr Chris is back at work on Thursday 12 January Dr Annabel is away from Monday 16 January and back on Monday 30 …

Free shingles vaccine for 70-79 year olds

A new vaccine is being provided free of charge for people aged between 70-79 through the National Immunisation Program. Zostavax is a vaccine to prevent shingles (see below for more information about shingles and the vaccine) At Erskineville Doctors we currently have small stock of Zostavax. A doctor will write the order for the vaccine, but it can be given by our practice nurse. There are a few situations where we would not advise the vaccine, this is mainly in people whose immune system is severely compromised by a disease process or medications. You should discuss this with your doctor. …

Using email for patient recalls

Over the past year we have been updating your records at our practice to include mobile phone numbers and email addresses. The cost and speed of traditional postage has made this a less viable option, while electronic forms of communication give us opportunities to communicate with you better. We intend to use email where possible to send you reminders or recalls. Our accreditation as a General Practice includes standards that we have a system to do this, as part of our duty of care to patients. However, to be able to send you reminders or recalls, or anything that might …

Doctors’ hours – September/October

Quick update on what our doctors are doing over the next 2 months: Dr Patricia is away just Tuesday and Wednesday this week, then Friday 16 September, and 10-15 October Dr Annabel is away Friday 23 September to Wed 28 September Dr Jenny is away Thursday 29 September to Saturday 8 October From 22 September Dr Annabel and Dr Chris are swapping Thursday and Friday mornings. During these leave periods other doctors are taking extra shifts so in most cases we will still always have two doctors on every day. We encourage you to see one of our other doctors …

New Practice Nurse

Erskineville Doctors has a new Practice Nurse – welcome Georgia! Georgia is a highly experienced nurse who is available to assist our GPs with immunisations, wound care, health assessments and patient education. Georgia will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays. Sr Ana has been sending us National Geographic worthy photos of the views from her new home across the seas. We wish her all the best for her new endeavours!

Introducing locum – Dr Tessa Ward-Booth

Dr Chris Ganora is taking some well earned leave in the month of August and Dr Tessa Ward-Booth will be joining us as a locum on Tuesdays while he is away, and later in the year to cover other doctors’ leave. Tessa completed her medical training in 2000 in the UK, and initially trained in paediatrics before deciding that general practice was where her interest lay. She completed her GP training in 2006 and moved to Sydney in 2010. She enjoys all aspects of general practice with a particular interest in women’s and children’s health. She has worked at the Sydney Breast …

Doctor’s leave – July/August

Our doctors are taking some short periods of leave: Dr Jenny Lonergan  4-9 July Dr Annabel Kain 11-18 July Dr Patricia Walton 18 -29 July Dr Cara Frame 1-5 August Dr Chris Ganora 4 August – 26 August This leave will be covered by the other doctors in the practice, and your regular doctor will hand over to another doctor if they expect you need specific follow up during these periods.  

Increase to consultation fees

Medicare rebates provided by the government do not cover the full cost of providing you with medical care. This is because for over 20 years the indexation rate for Medicare Schedule fees has been substantially lower than increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and average weekly earnings.  Medicare rebates have been frozen since 1 July 2014 and will not be increased until 1 July 2020.  (For more on this see our previous post). The fees we charge have to cover all of our practice costs including employing staff, rent, medical equipment, electricity, computers and insurance. All of these costs increase annually. We don’t want …

Flu Vaccine still available

Winter has arrived, but there is still time to get a flu shot. This year’s flu vaccine is effective against 4 strains of influenza. Flu vaccine can be given to anyone over the age of 6 months who wants to reduce their risk of a serious influenza infection, but is particularly recommended for these groups of people who are eligible for government funded (free) vaccines in 2016: People aged 65 years and over Aboriginal and Torres Strait people Pregnant women People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or …