Second dose Astra Zeneca COVID vaccine

To get the best protection against COVID from the AZ vaccine, particularly against the Delta variant, it’s important to have your second dose. This is recommended between 4-12 weeks, with the optimal timing being closer to 12 weeks. We will offer an earlier second dose where circumstances warrant – or example travel, or caring for a vulnerable relative. If you have had one dose of Astra-Zeneca vaccine, without any serious adverse event, the current advice from ATAGI is to proceed to have your second dose of Astra-Zeneca vaccine. The risk of thrombocytopenia thrombotic syndrome (rare blood clots) following a second …

COVID vaccination

COVID 19 Vaccination at Erskineville Doctors in brief (more detail below): Erskineville Doctors only stock the Astra Zeneca COVID 19 Vaccine which is currently recommended for people aged 60 and over. Please note that if you have already had a first dose of AZ COVID vaccine, regardless of your age, the current advice is to proceed with your second dose of AZ COVID vaccine. If you are not a regular patient and want a COVID vaccine with us please select “Astra Zeneca COVID vaccine dose 1”in the online booking system as your appointment type, do not select “New Patient”. As …

Flu vaccine

Flu vaccine appointments can be booked with our nurse. If you are coming to see your doctor for any reason they will be able to give you the flu vaccine at the same appointment. The peak of flu season is usually about late June, so it’s a good time to get vaccinated now. Please note, if you have had a COVID vaccine or are having one soon, there will need to be at least 7 days between the two vaccinations. See our other post for more information about COVID vaccines. Flu vaccine can be given at the same time as …

Easter Break and doctors on leave

Wishing you all a happy Easter and hope you all enjoy the break. The practice will be closed on Good Friday, all weekend and Easter Monday. Our usual after hours advice applies. Dr Patti is having an extended leave to do some work in the NT, and will be away from 6th April and returns to work 17th May. She will hand over her patients as needed for that period to other doctors in the practice. Dr Nicolette is away from 6th April and returns to work on 13th April Dr Jenny is on leave from 12th April and returns …

New online booking system

As of Monday 1 March we will be moving to a new online booking system – Automed. Automed has several new features that will help us manage booking, appointment reminders, results and reminders, and online ordering for repeat scripts/referrals. You will be able to use Automed from our website or by downloading the AMS connect app. Not all of the features will be immediately available, but we will be adding things over the next few weeks. We appreciate your feedback if you are encountering any issues as we transfer to this new system.

Electronic prescriptions

You can now receive your prescriptions in an electronic version directly to your phone. We can do this either during a telehealth consult or when you are in the practice. An e-script comes to your phone as an SMS that opens a link to a QR code. The pharmacist scans the code to unlock your prescription. Repeat scripts are sent back to your phone as another SMS. You can save scripts in a Notes folder on your phone or in one of various apps (many pharmacies are creating their own) https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/electronic-prescriptions If you do not have a Medicare card you …

COVID alerts – Victoria

Please check all the latest alerts from NSW Health pertaining to travel from Victoria. If you have been in Victoria in the past 2 weeks there are some sites of concern, including Melbourne airport. If any of the following applies to you, please do not attend the practice. You can call for a phone consult if you need advice. Testing sites are listed on our website. Victorian sites of concern NSW Health has been advised of new venues of concern related to recent confirmed cases in Victoria. In response, NSW Health is calling on anyone in NSW who was at …

COVID Testing Clinics

See here for a link to all the NSW Testing Clinics. This information is also on our Coronavirus Page. Please note that you do NOT need a GP referral to attend the 4Cyte drive-through clinic at Stanmore. Tests are usually been returned in about 24 hours, and are sent to you via SMS.

Staff changes

So some good news and bad news….. Our Practice Nurse Amy, has left to take on a new challenge, training new graduate nurses among other things. Fortunately Ping is taking on two more days at the practice, so will be working Mon, Tues, Wed, and Friday. We anticipate filling the other day so that we have a nurse to assist us daily. At our front desk we have had to bid farewell to Kara and Sigourney, both of whom are off to full-time study. Starting this week we have two new receptionists – Stephanie and Grace.

Covid Testing Clinics Holiday Opening times

To check the latest information see the NSW Health website or here. These clinics are open on public holidays: RPAH, Canterbury Hospital, Concord Hospital (except xmas day), Sydney Eye Hospital (until 31 December), Sydney Children’s Hospital. Royal Prince Alfred HospitalBuilding 25 at the end of Salisbury Rd, OffMissenden Rd, Camperdown Follow signs from the main hospitalBehind the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – No booking required.8.00 am – 10.00 pm daily open public holidays  Summer Hill ‘Drive-through’ 7 Prospect Rd, Summer Hill – No booking required. Stop at covered area and wait for staff instructions 8.30 am – 4.00 pm daily Closed public holidays Stanmore …