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 …

Easter Opening Times & School Holidays

The practice will be closed on Good Friday, and Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Our opening hours are otherwise unchanged for the school holidays. Dr Annabel will be on leave from Monday 10 April to Tuesday 18 April. Dr Jenny will be on leave from Thursday 14 April to Friday 22 April. Our other doctors will be covering all of Annabel and Jenny’s shifts so please make a time to see any of them and they will hand over your care as needed. When the practice is closed you can call the National Home Doctor Service on 13 7425 for …

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 …

Dr Vanessa Moran has joined Erskineville Doctors

We would like to introduce Dr Vanessa Moran, the newest member of the Erskineville Doctors team! Vanessa has been a GP in the Innner West for over 10 years. Her medical interests include paediatrics, travel medicine, antenatal shared care and women’s health. You can see Vanessa on Tuesday afternoons. Her other role is as the Director of Education and Training for GP Synergy who looks after all GPs in training in NSW and the ACT.