Opening hours – Xmas and New Year

Wishing all our patients a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Over the holiday period, we will have limited opening times for our regular patients: December Saturday 22         8.00am- 12.00pm (Dr Joe) Monday 24          8:00 am- 1:00 pm (Dr Jenny) Tuesday 25         CLOSED Wednesday 26     CLOSED Thursday 27       8:00am – 12:30pm (Dr Tessa) Friday 28            8:00am – 12:30pm (Dr Tessa) Saturday 29       8:00am – 12:30pm (Dr Tessa) Monday 31         CLOSED January Tuesday 1          …

December leave and a new locum doctor

Welcome to Dr Nicolette Holly who will be joining us over the next few months to fill in the days when our doctors are taking leave. Nicolette is an experienced GP and loves seeing patients of all ages. She has a particular interest in paediatrics, women’s health and addiction medicine. When needed she will work on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Our Practice Nurse, Catherine, is on leave now until 9 January. Dr Annabel is working up until 14 December and then will be on leave until the New Year, returning on 2nd January. Dr Jenny will be working up until …

Meningococcal Vaccine Update

The National Immunisation Program schedule for children now includes a Meningococcal vaccine covering the 4 strains ACWY for all children aged 12 months.  If your child is older and therefore has already had the Meningococcal vaccine C , they can still have the ACWY but you will have to purchase this privately. It’s only one vaccine and costs less than $70. High school children will be receiving this vaccine in Year 10. In the past two years it was given to students in Years 10-11. We have been provided with stock of this vaccine for anyone aged 15-19 who missed …

My Health Record

My Health Record is an online summary of some of your health information. Health information stored in your record can include information from you, your healthcare providers, and Medicare. It can be accessed by you through mygov.au, by any GP through their practice software, and hospital staff through their IT systems. From 16 July 2018 the Government has decided to implement the My Health Record as an “opt-out” system, meaning that you will have a My Health Record created for you unless you decide to opt out. You will receive a letter from the Government (to the address associated with …

Doctors on leave in September/October

Dr Joe has been away the past 2 weeks, but returns on Friday 7th September. Dr Patti will be away for the first 3 weeks of September, returning on Tuesday 25th September. In her absence Dr Catherine Pratten will be working on some of the Wednesdays and Fridays. Catherine has worked in general practice for many years, and also works at Family Planning NSW. Dr Jenny is away the first week of the school holidays in October, and then Dr Annabel will be away in the second week, returning on Monday 15th October. After that, things settle down for a while! …

Flu vaccine – it’s not too late

We haven’t seen much influenza yet (thought lots of other nasty bugs), so please remember that it’s not too late to get a vaccine. We currently have supply on the free schedule of : Flu Quadri Junior for children 6 months old up to <3 years old Fluzone Hi-dose for people > 65 years Afluria Quad for pregnant women, and people aged 18-64 who are at increased risk due to chronic medical conditions Fluquadri for children aged 3-4 (in limited supply) We have no vaccines for private sale. If you would like a prescription for a flu vaccine please let …

Doctor’s leave July/August

Dr Cara is away now and will be back on 16 August Dr Jenny will be away from 3 August, returning to work on 13th August Dr Joe will be away for 3 weeks starting 19 August As always we will hand over your care as required to other doctors in our absence.

Fee increase on July 1st 2018 at Erskineville Doctors

On July 1st 2018 Erskineville Doctors will be introducing a small increase to our fees. For a standard appointment it will cost $80 and for a long appointment $128. Your medicare rebate has increased by 1.5% for these items (now $37.60 and $72.80) which will help limit your out of pocket costs. This is a first increase for Medicare rebates since 1 July 2014. It is a positive start, however a 1.5% increase in Medicare rebates for a limited number of attendance items is still well below the annual increase in our operating costs. The fees charged by this practice …

Dr Chris Ganora moving on

Unfortunately for us, Dr Chris is moving out of the inner west and will no longer be working at Erskineville Doctors. Chris is now lecturing in General Practice and had cut back on his clinical time, but has had a loyal cohort of patients in his time at Erskineville Doctors. We wish him well in all his future medical endeavours. Chris’ last day is Tuesday 12 June. Message from Dr Chris: Dear patients I am writing to advise you that after Tuesday 12 June I will no longer  be working at Erskineville Doctors. I have decided to move out of the city, …

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.