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 your Medicare card) in July 2018 advising you of this.

The initial period to opt out of having a My Health Record runs until 15 November. After that time you will have a My Health Record but this will not be activated until a health provider adds information. You can still choose to cancel you record after that time, so that information is not uploaded to it.

If you are interested in creating a My Health Record now you can register through the mygov.au website, or we can do it for you at the practice (an easier option).

Read more here

Flu vaccine

We have been provided flu vaccines by NSW Health for over 65s, pregnant women, and other people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, severe asthma, and heart disease.

If you have plans to see one of our doctors over the next month or so, we can administer your vaccine during that consultation. If not, there are some spaces available to see our nurse.

It’s a good time to ask about other vaccines, check your medication list and scripts, update any specialist referrals, and check that you are up to date with other preventative health measures. If you have asthma or COPD it’s worth reviewing your medications and make sure you are using your inhalers properly.

Vaccines are also planned to be provided by NSW Health for  for children aged 6 months to 4 years, however the vaccines we have been provided to date are only suitable for children already aged 3, and there is no further information available on when to expect the vaccines for younger children.

Cold or flu? - infographic

Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.

Easter Break

Hope you all have a lovely Easter and enjoy some sunshine wherever you are.

We are closed over the 4 days of the long weekend, and then again on Anzac Day. Given this, you will find we are quite booked up if you go to book online. Please call during the week early if you are concerned about an urgent medical problem.

As always you can call the locum after hours or attend Emergency at RPAH, Sydney Children’s, Balmain or Canterbury Hospitals.

Dr Jenny is back on Tuesday. Dr Annabel and Dr Cara both away next week and then back on the week beginning 29th April. Our nurse, Catherine is also away next week.

Doctor’s leave- March/April

Dr Patti will be on leave from 4-26 March. Dr Nicolette is covering this period for her. Please book in as you need and we will ensure that any ongoing issues are handed over to Dr Patti on her return.

In April, Dr Jenny will be away for the first week of the school holidays (week beginning 15/04/2019) and Dr Annabel will be away the following week. We will be closed for the public holidays in April.

Other than that, it’s all hands on deck. Remember you can make appointments online from our website or the Appointuit app. For urgent appointments where you think you might need to see a doctor on the same day, please call the practice anytime from 8am, and let our staff know about your symptoms.

Registered Nurse required

Erskineville Doctors is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse for a part-time position (3 Days/week).

Our busy General Practice provides high quality care to patients of all ages. If you want to work in a dynamic and fulfilling team environment, then this job is for you. As part of a friendly and professional team, you will assist the Doctors to provide high quality care and strive to improve patient health outcomes. You will also provide health education to patients and demonstrate the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and prioritise workloads. The job requires you to be creative, innovative and flexible when approaching issues in this setting. Home visits to frail and elderly patients are a part of this role (own transport not required).

Essential criteria:

  • Current registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse
  • Post Graduate experience of 2 yrs.
  • Venipuncture, wound care, immunization and medical assessment experience
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Organisational skills and attention to detail
  • An understanding and knowledge of OH&S issues
  • Ability to work as part of a health care team
  • Interest in General practice nursing

Desirable (non-essential) criteria

  • General Practice experience
  • Early childhood, antenatal, geriatric or diabetes experience
  • Experience in health assessments and care planning

If you fit the criteria above, then we want to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter, to Neda Jazayeri:  neda.jazayeri@iinet.net.au

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 out on the school immunisation program. Please book with our Practice Nurse.

For more information about Meningococcal W go to NSW Health.

Meningococcal B strain is covered by a separate immunisation (usually Bexsero). This vaccine has not been funded for any groups in Australia.

Both vaccines are recommended for:

• all children aged <2 years, as they have the highest rates of invasive meningococcal disease
• adolescents (aged 15–19 years)
• All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 2 months to 19 years, as they are at substantially
higher risk for meningococcal disease than non-Indigenous people
• people with specified medical conditions that increase the risk of meningococcal disease
• Adolescents and young adults (aged 15–24 years) who are living in close conditions (such as military
recruits or those in residential accommodation), as meningococcal bacteria are carried and spread more
frequently in these populations
• Adolescents and young adults (aged 15–24 years) who are current smokers, as they have a higher risk ofcarrying the meningococcal bacteria

NCIRS has a detailed information sheet about all of these vaccines.

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 Christmas Eve, and then taking a break until 14 January.

Dr Tessa will work the half-day shifts on 27-29 December. These will be Tessa’s last sessions with Erskineville Doctors as she is winding back to just working at one practice. We wish her all the best.

The other doctors will essentially work their usual days once we are back from Xmas/New Year. (see next post on Xmas/NY opening hours)

ABC’s Playschool visits Erskineville Doctors!

Recently Erskineville Doctors was honoured to host  ABC’s Playschool who was filming one of our young patient’s visit to the GP. Dr Shereena Sinnayah and our receptionist Ella both made appearances. We can’t wait to see it next year – watch this space for further info!

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! Please make a time to see another doctor if your regular doctor is away, and we will ensure that any ongoing issues are handed over.

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 our receptionist know prior to your appointment. It will be worth checking with your local chemist regarding stock.

You can book a time with our Practice Nurse, or with any of our doctors if you are due to see them for some other medical issue. If you just need the flu vaccine, please indicate this to our receptionists who will endeavour to fit you in with either the nurse or a doctor, according to availability

Please watch this space for further updates.