A new Saturday GP

We would like to welcome Dr Tessa Ward-Booth who is going to be working on Saturday mornings initially, to help us increase the appointments available. We anticipate Tessa will do more sessions for us over time, including covering for holidays.

Tessa is a very experienced GP, with a particular interest in women’s and children’s health. She has worked at the Sydney Breast Clinic and in Family Planning. She has completed extra training in Dermatology and is available to perform skin checks.


New GP at Erskineville Doctors

You might have missed this, as Dr Joe slipped into the practice to cover while Dr Patti was on leave, but we are pleased to let you know that he is definitely staying at Erskineville Doctors.

With Joe on board we now have 3 doctors working at the practice every day and  continue to welcome new patients to the practice. Since we just had a proper photo taken it seems like a good time to introduce Dr Joe properly:

Dr Joseph Chung graduated from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2008. He has worked in various fields of medicine before completing his GP training in 2017. He is experienced in all aspects of general practice. His special interests include Aged Care, Palliative Care, Aboriginal health, migrant health and hepatitis. Joe grew up in New Zealand and South Korea and speaks fluent Korean.

Joe works Tuesday and Friday.


Flu vaccine in stock

The 2018 flu vaccine stocks have arrived at the practice.

Vaccination by about the end of May/early June will provide optimal protection before circulating influenza levels start to rise this season, and will provide protection over the peak period of July/August/September.

If you are planning to see your doctor in the next 6-8 weeks you can get a flu vaccine at that visit. It’s a good time to review any other chronic health issues, update referrals and scripts, and check in regarding recommended health screening for your age.

If you are unlikely to be visiting your doctor in the next 6-8 weeks, you can book at time to see our Practice Nurse, Catherine at the Flu Vaccine clinic she will run a few times each week. Our receptionists can help you book a suitable time. Please note that our doctors will not be available to see you during the Nurse clinic.

Free flu vaccines are provided by NSW Health for people in the following categories:

• anyone aged 65 and older

• children aged 6 months old to <5 years old

• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

• Pregnant women

• anyone with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk of a bad influenza infection, such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, and moderate-severe asthma requiring preventer medications.

For other patients we have stock of flu vaccine for sale. If you get a flu vaccine at your workplace please let us know for our records.


For further information about flu vaccination

Flu vaccination for children

NSW Health

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

Immunise Australia

Easter opening hours

The practice will be closed for the 4 days from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

National Home Doctor Service, 13 7425, is our nominated after-hours locum service. A locum GP can visit you at home and provide a report directly to our practice for the next working day.

Emergency services are available at Balmain Hospital GP Casualty, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Canterbury Hospital.

Remember you can book online for next week by registering on our website for appointuit.

We hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Staff changes

Doctors on leave

Dr Annabel is away for the last week of January only, and will be working on Saturday 27th January. The practice will be closed on Australia Day, 26th January.

Dr Patricia is taking leave from Thursday 25th January and back on 20th February.

Doctors coming and going

We are sad to let you know that Dr John Faros is no longer working at Erskineville Doctors. John has been our Saturday doctor for nearly 3 years, but has enough other work elsewhere during the week, so finally decided to take a break. We wish him all the best.

On the bright side, we have Dr Joseph Chung joining us from 28th January. He will cover most of Dr Patricia’s hours while she is on leave. Joseph has been a doctor since 2009, graduating in NZ, and has worked all over Victoria, the ACT and NSW. He completed his GP training in Wollongong. Joseph has a wide range of experience in all areas of medicine.  Joseph will be working all day Tuesdays and Fridays.

Reception staff

On reception currently we have Trudy, Jenny, Anastaysa and Marnie, with Molly and Audrey filling in as needed.


Remember you can book online at any time via the Appointuit app or our home page.




Doctors’ leave – December/January

December already! Just a heads up on what our doctors are up to over the next 2 months:

The practice will be closed on any public holidays in December and January.

Dr Annabel is away from Saturday 16 December and will be back on Tuesday 2 January. She is then away for the last week of January, starting Monday 22 January and back when school starts on Monday 29 January.

Dr Jenny will take a break from Thursday 21 December, and be back at work on Monday 8 January.

During the Xmas/NY week, the practice will be open in the mornings only on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December. Dr Shereena will be the only doctor working on those days.

Through January the other doctors will work their usual hours. Please be assured our doctors will hand over to each other to make sure you have continuity of care for any ongoing medical issues.



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 test, using a speculum, and with the doctor checking the cervix and taking a sample. The first test the lab will do is for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – this is the virus known to induce changes in cervical cells which could lead to cancer

If your result is negative for HPV, this is regarded as “low risk” result and you will be advised to have screening again after another 5 years

If your test is positive for HPV, the lab will do further testing to look at the cells and will provide advice about referrals or the optimum timeframe for ongoing monitoring

Even if you have had HPV vaccination (Gardasil) you should still participate in the screening program

If you are very nervous about having  a Pap test please discuss with your doctor. There is an option for women over 30 to provide a self-collected sample, though this has lower pick up rate for abnormalities.

This test is a screening test, which means that it is for a woman who does not have any symptoms. If you have any symptoms such as bleeding between your periods or after sex, an irregular menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge or pelvic pain you should come and see a doctor

Regardless of the timing of your cervical screening test, it’s a good idea to discuss sexual health screening with your doctor at any time and at any age if you have ever been sexually active. This is especially the case if you have a new sexual partner. This could include tests for sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia.


We encourage all women to participate in cervical screening. Since it’s introduction it has had a significant impact on the rates of cervical cancer in Australia, but there are still cases diagnosed every year. The group of women who are haven’t had screening in more than 4 years are at higher risk.

Several organisations have put together more detailed information about the changes, and we are including some useful links below. If you still have questions, please talk to your doctor and make a plan for your next test. We can put a reminder in our system to email you when it’s due.

Some useful links

Family Planning NSW https://www.fpnsw.org.au/changes

Department of Health http://www.health.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/about-the-new-test#1



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.



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.

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 in the first week of October only
• Dr Patricia is away from 21 September through to 24 October

We have made arrangements to cover for these doctors through those periods, so please be assured we can continue your care even if your regular doctor isn’t available.

Dr Beth Oliver will still be working with us through to the end of September. We are also fortunate to have obtained the services of Dr Suzanne Rix to cover Dr Patricia’s leave period. Suzanne graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and completed her GP training in 2011. Suzanne’s work as a GP has taken her all over Australia, working in several rural and remote communities as well as Sydney. Suzanne is currently working at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre. She enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a interest in sexual health, women’s health and mental health. Suzanne is also a registered HIV s100 prescriber. Suzanne will work all day Friday and some Wednesdays.