When and where to get a COVID test

This week some of the public swab clinics are struggling to keep up with demand, in particular the drive-through clinics at Rozelle and Summer Hill. There are lots of other options, so check the map for what’s closest to you – eg .Canterbury Hospital, Redfern Community Health, the pop-up clinic in Surry Hills. One of our doctors can provide you with a request form for any of the private pathology companies, and this might be a quicker option. They include a drive-in clinic at Stanmore, and some pathology services at Marrickville and Earlwood. Please call for a quick appointment to …

Electronic scripts

Electronic scripts are now available – we have the technology!  An e-script is a QR token, much like a boarding pass on your phone. This is how it will work:  During a consultation your doctor will offer to send your script as an e-script (QR token)  You can choose to receive it via SMS or email –we will use the details we have on file and check them with you before sending  We will check that you have received the e-script before the end of the consultation.  The script opens on your phone or computer as a QR token  Print …

Face-to-face consultations

If you have fever or any respiratory symptoms, OR have been in a NSW hotspot, OR you have travelled to Victoria in the past 14 days, , you MUST call the practice first for a phone consultation initially.  This provides an extra layer of screening and safety for everyone. Your doctor will make appropriate arrangements if you need to be assessed in person. Given there have been increased COVID-19 cases in Sydney over the past fortnight, we suggest that you opt for a phone or video consultation if you think your issue can be appropriately managed that way. We continue …

Returned travellers from Victoria

If you have travelled from Victoria in the past 14 days, and have been in a COVID hot-spot   or arrived in NSW from 8 July, as per the Public Health Order 7/07/2020 you are required to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to NSW . Please call for a phone appointment if you have fever or any respiratory symptoms while you are self-isolating. We can advise you about testing and make a plan to monitor you. Your doctor will make appropriate arrangements if you need to be assessed in person. Refer to our Coronavirus page for further information.

Doctor’s leave June/July

Dr Jenny is having a well-earned three weeks off, from 18 June until Monday 13 July . She has handed over to other doctors regarding patients who are likely to follow up during this period. She will be available for telehealth consultations only from 13-24 July. If you are a regular patient of Dr Jenny and need an appointment please call to discuss with our staff. They will arrange a time with one of our other doctors, who can hand over care back to Jenny if needed. Dr Annabel will be away for the second week of the school holidays, …

Flu vaccine update

Flu vaccine is still available – currently we have vaccines for anyone aged 65+, children 6 months to 4 years of age, and anyone else who meets the criteria for a free vaccine from NSW Health (see list below). We do not currently have any private vaccines for sale, but can write a script for you to obtain one from a pharmacy. Remember that if you are keeping yourself safe from coronavirus you should also be protecting yourself from flu. There has been less influenza circulating currently compared to the same time last year. The influenza season tends to peak …

International Nurses Day

A couple of days late for International Nurses Day, but we really need to thank our Practice Nurses – Amy and Ping, for all their hard work. It’s not always apparent to patients, but our nurses really keep the place running in so many ways.

Phone consultations at Erskineville Doctors

In order to keep patients and staff we are asking every patient book a phone consultation with our doctors for any issue. After an initial consultation, your doctor may decide that it’s appropriate to bring you in for review or to manage your health issues over the phone. There are situations where really need to see you in person and we can make arrangements. Fees will apply for phone consultations. Medicare rebates are now available and we are able to bulk-bill patients in a number of categories. The exceptions to a phone consultation are: pregnant women needing a check up, …

Anzac Day

We are closed for the Public Holiday for Anzac Day this Saturday, 25 April. Please go online to book for appointments next week. The COVID clinics are operating over the weekend. You should present yourself for testing if you have fever or any respiratory symptom, even something like a mild sore throat.

Easter Break

We are closed for all of the Easter long weekend, and re-open on Tuesday morning. You can book online appointments for next week via the websiter or the Appointuit app. The after hours number is 137425 for home visits. If you become unwell over the weekend with an urgent problem you should present to an Emergency Department as you otherwise would. They are well set up to screen and manage patients. We are constantly updating our website and will email you with any significant updates. Please check the Latest News and the Coronavirus page We wish all our patients a …