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).

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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                 CLOSED

Practice open from 8-6 on weekdays, and 8-12 on Saturday
Wednesday 2 – Dr Annabel and Dr Patti

Thursday 3 – Dr Annabel and Dr Cara

Friday 4 – Dr Patti, Dr Joe, Dr Nicolette

Saturday 5 – Dr Joe and Dr Annabel

Dr Shereena and Dr Vanessa return to work in the week beginning 7 January.

Dr Jenny will be back on Monday 14 January.

Dr Nicolette will work Wednesdays and Fridays in the first 3 weeks of January to cover leave.

You can book online anytime. Please call in the morning on the days between Xmas and New Year if you need to be seen urgently.

Out of normal hours you can call the National Home Doctor Service for locum doctor visits to your house.

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)

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.

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.

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 cover all of our practice costs including employing receptionists and practice nurses, and meeting our operating expenses such as rent, medical equipment, electricity, computers and insurance. These costs increase annually.

If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to afford this increase, please do discuss these with your treating medical practitioner.

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, away from its bustle and stress!

I apologise for any inconvenience this will cause in your health management but as always, encourage that to be an empowered process  that is driven by yourselves. The other fantastic GPs at Erskineville Doctors will happily continue  supporting your treatment and have access to my documented notes and  correspondence.

I would like to thank each of you for the trust you have placed in me, and acknowledge the privilege of being invited to share in your  personal health journey. I wish you all the very best and will carry with me truly fond  memories of my time working in your community.

Warmest regards

Dr Chris Ganora