We have had a new Doctor start with us earlier this month. Dr William Hatzidis studied at Sydney Uni for his MBBS in 2000. He has since worked in both regional and metropolitan areas. William will be working with us as a locum doctor. We are all delighted that he has joined us and is a great addition to the team As of the 1st of October, all Saturday appointments will now be privately billed regardless of pension status.
With the blooming of many flowering plants in Spring, the amount of pollen in the air is hard to avoid. A notorious airborne allergen, pollen can quickly trigger allergy symptoms. These allergy symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat and constant sneezing. If you’re particularly sensitive to pollen, then wear a medical mask and a pair of sunglasses to protect your nose, mouth, and eyes from pollen exposure. You should also stay indoors if you don’t really need to venture out. You should also learn how to properly address asthma, hay fever and anaphylaxis emergencies. First aid training will teach you important skills when dealing with pollen-induced allergic reactions. This training includes information on which medicines and tools you need to pack for your personal asthma- and anaphylaxis-ready first aid kit, as well as how to administer medications to yourself or another person.
Everyone in Australia aged 5 and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Australia. Our practice is still offering the Pfizer vaccine to any eligible. To check wether or not you are eligible, check here; https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-updatedrecommendations-for-a-winter-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine
Covid vaccines can be booked through HotDoc or calling the practice.
The flu shot
Influenza seasons and severity are unpredictable. Vaccination is the most important measure we have to prevent influenza and its complications. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely that the flu will spread in the community. So, make sure you get your flu shot this autumn to protect yourselves and those around you. It is important to get the flu shot each year as the virus changes each year. In addition, we know that the protection provided by the previous year’s vaccine diminishes over time.
Those eligible for a free flu shot under the National Immunisation Program include;
- people 65 years and over
- pregnant women
- those who suffer chronic conditions
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6 months and older
- children over 6 months and under 5 years
Both the private flu vaccine ($15) and government flu vaccine have arrived in the practice You can book through HotDoc with either our nurses or doctors or call the practice to schedule an appointment.