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

Movember

Looking forward to seeing some facial hair around the ‘hood in support of Movember. In keeping with the theme of Men’s Health this month, we will collect some other resources here, all of which have a specific focus on men. All of our doctors are equipped to help you, but if you would prefer a male doctor for any consultation please look at our doctors page to find out more about Dr Joseph Chung, Dr Wee-Sian Woon and Dr John Kevin.

Foundation 49 has a useful “Health by Decade” page to get you started

Healthy Male, by Andrology Australia, has all you need to know on some of life’s more embarassing health problems

PANDA have put together resources to assist new dads, especially if they are struggling with their mental health.

Watch this space for updates.

November- doctors’ availability

Updating you for November:

Dr John is away for the first week of November, back on 11 November. From that week he will start working 2 extra sessions – Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Dr Chris Ganora is working in John’s place this week on Monday and Thursday.

Dr Annabel is working the next two weeks and then away from 16 November until 3 December.

Dr Catherine Pratten will be working Tuesdays and Fridays while Annabel is away.

Everyone else will be working their usual hours for all of November.

Remember you can book online via the website or the Appointuit app. Ring the practice if you are having trouble finding the appointment you would like, or if you need an urgent appointment on the day.

Another new GP

A major reason for our move up the road was to have more space for more doctors to work and open up more appointment times for patients. This week we welcome Dr John Kevin to Erskineville Doctors. John completed his medical studies in Tasmania in 2014 and subsequently worked as a doctor at Royal Hobart Hospital and St George Hospital.  He has undertaken his GP training in Sydney. He holds a Diploma in Child Health and enjoys the variety offered by general practice. John has a keen interest in musculo-skeletal medicine, men’s health, PrEP prescribing. John enjoys playing sport, in particular playing rugby competitively.

John works on Mondays and Thursdays.

Doctors on leave – October

There’s a bit of movement this month coming up, with school holidays, annual leave and conferences. If you need to see a doctor other than your usual one please be assured we can hand over care on their return.

Week beginning 30 Sept: Dr Patti and Dr Annabel away

Week beginning 7 October: Monday public holiday and Dr Jenny and Dr Patti away

Week beginning  14 October: Dr Patti away

Week beginning 21 October: Dr Patti back to work on Wednesday 23 October, Dr Annabel away all week, Dr Jenny off on Thursday only

Week beginning 28 October:  Dr John away (back on 11 November)

While our doctors are on leave they will be covered by locum doctors on some days. We welcome back Dr Catherine Pratten and Dr Chris Ganora, who will both be filling some days between now and Xmas time.

Dr Catherine has worked in general practice for many years, and also works at Family Planning NSW, so she is well versed in all things womens’ health and sexual health. 

Dr Chris worked at Erskineville Doctors from 2016-2018. He has an interest in mental health and lifestyle changes/preventative health.

Introducing a new GP

We are pleased to introduce Dr Wee-Sian Woon, who has just joined the practice. Wee-Sian completed his medical degree in 2012 in Queensland. He has worked as a GP in Canberra, Alice Springs, Perth and Taree. During 2018, he worked in an inner Sydney Sexual Health clinic. He has a Diploma in Child’s Health and is a HIV s100 and Hepatitis B prescriber. He has interests and experience in all areas of general practice, particularly in Men’s health, Sexual health, PrEP prescribing, Paediatrics and Travel medicine. Wee-Sian will be working at Erskineville Doctors on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

It’s not too late for a Flu vaccine

We still have supply of flu vaccines , both from NSW Health and for private sale ($20)

NSW Health provides vaccines for the following groups:

– Pregnant women
-children aged 6 months to 4 years old
– over 65s
– Aboriginal people
– other people aged 5-64 who have a chronic medical condition that predisposes them to severe influenza (eg. chronic lung disease, diabetes, etc)

If you are not sure if you are eligible for a free vaccine please discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Cold or flu? - infographic

Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.

Erskineville Doctors has moved

Erskineville Doctors has just moved to 15-19 Erskineville Rd, right next to Woolworths and Toni&Guy hairdressers. The new space has extra consulting rooms and a larger area for the nurses to work in. We hope our patients will like it too!

We are open again for appointments from Tuesday 18 June.

Staff changes

It feels like both good news and bad news – exciting times for some of our clinical staff, but we will miss them in the meantime.

Dr Shereena has taken maternity leave from 18 May for 12 months until April/May next year. We wish her well at this exciting time, and are waiting to hear her news!

On the upside for the practice and our patients, we are pleased to announce that Dr Nicolette Holly is now a permanent member of our practice team. Many of you will have met Nicolette as she has filled in for our doctors on leave. She is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Our Practice Nurse, Catherine, will also be taking maternity leave from late June, so we have her for a while longer. We have had to replace her wtih three nurses! You will have started to meet them as they transition in to take over Cath’s role. Ping will be working on Mondays, Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and Amy on Thursday and Friday. This gives us extra nurse hours as we will have someone on every day to assist our doctors and patients.

Watch this space, as we will have more news about extra doctors when we move to our new location.

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.