A new Saturday GP

We would like to welcome Dr Tessa Ward-Booth who is going to be working on Saturday mornings initially, to help us increase the appointments available. We anticipate Tessa will do more sessions for us over time, including covering for holidays. Tessa is a very experienced GP, with a particular interest in women’s and children’s health. She has worked at the Sydney Breast Clinic and in Family Planning. She has completed extra training in Dermatology and is available to perform skin checks.  

New GP at Erskineville Doctors

You might have missed this, as Dr Joe slipped into the practice to cover while Dr Patti was on leave, but we are pleased to let you know that he is definitely staying at Erskineville Doctors. With Joe on board we now have 3 doctors working at the practice every day and  continue to welcome new patients to the practice. Since we just had a proper photo taken it seems like a good time to introduce Dr Joe properly: Dr Joseph Chung graduated from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2008. He has worked in various fields of medicine before completing …

Flu vaccine in stock

The 2018 flu vaccine stocks have arrived at the practice. Vaccination by about the end of May/early June will provide optimal protection before circulating influenza levels start to rise this season, and will provide protection over the peak period of July/August/September. If you are planning to see your doctor in the next 6-8 weeks you can get a flu vaccine at that visit. It’s a good time to review any other chronic health issues, update referrals and scripts, and check in regarding recommended health screening for your age. If you are unlikely to be visiting your doctor in the next …

Easter opening hours

The practice will be closed for the 4 days from Good Friday to Easter Monday. National Home Doctor Service, 13 7425, is our nominated after-hours locum service. A locum GP can visit you at home and provide a report directly to our practice for the next working day. Emergency services are available at Balmain Hospital GP Casualty, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Canterbury Hospital. Remember you can book online for next week by registering on our website for appointuit. We hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Staff changes

Doctors on leave Dr Annabel is away for the last week of January only, and will be working on Saturday 27th January. The practice will be closed on Australia Day, 26th January. Dr Patricia is taking leave from Thursday 25th January and back on 20th February. Doctors coming and going We are sad to let you know that Dr John Faros is no longer working at Erskineville Doctors. John has been our Saturday doctor for nearly 3 years, but has enough other work elsewhere during the week, so finally decided to take a break. We wish him all the best. …

Doctors’ leave – December/January

December already! Just a heads up on what our doctors are up to over the next 2 months: The practice will be closed on any public holidays in December and January. Dr Annabel is away from Saturday 16 December and will be back on Tuesday 2 January. She is then away for the last week of January, starting Monday 22 January and back when school starts on Monday 29 January. Dr Jenny will take a break from Thursday 21 December, and be back at work on Monday 8 January. During the Xmas/NY week, the practice will be open in the …

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 …

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.

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 …