The free Flu vaccines are “now” available. Please call us directly to make a booking with the nurse. If you are not eligible for the free flu vaccine, we will instead book you in with the doctor for a script.
# The Practice will be closed Saturday 6th of June and Monday the 8th of June for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
# Existing patients may be able to book a Telehealth / Phone consultation with the doctor for different appointment types. To see if you are eligible call us directly on 4655 6571.
We have moved to “HotDoc” for all ONLINE bookings. So simply either use this or HotDoc’s website to make an online booking. You will find that HotDoc is very easy and very versatile to use, offering far more options, like allowing you to choose your service and book with our Nurse, Dietician, Physio, Podiatrist or Exercise Physiologist directly.
All referrals are accepted for all blood and ECG tests, you will need to bring a Request Form, which has been signed by your doctor. SydPath St. Vincent’s Pathology at Camden South Family Doctors, utilises BULK BILLING for outpatient services wherever possible. There are some tests, which your doctor may request that are non-rebatable and cannot be claimed through Medicare Australia. These tests are payable by the patient but any other tests ordered on the same request slip, in most cases will be charged at the rebate rate and will be fully covered by Medicare Australia. If you are on a pension or Health Care card, you should bring your Medicare card with you. You will also need to show your Health Care or Veterans’ Affairs card. This will enable us to bill you correctly. The blood collection centre is open Monday to Friday between 8am to 1pm.
Appointments for blood collections during the collection hours are not necessary, simply come to our Waiting Room and grab a number from the door or announce yourself with the Pathology collector once there.
So please share this news around with family members and friends, so that they may benefit by conveniently coming to us for all their blood tests.
Just to let you know that we now have our very own daily “Onsite” blood collector, from 8am to 1pm – Monday to Friday, so you are most welcome to come to us for all your Pathology tests. We are also dedicated to extend these hours for blood collection, once we just get a few more patients start using this service.
Note: “All pathology referrals are accepted”. Even if you have a Pathology referral from either Douglass or Laverty, you can instead just as easily come to us, using SYDPATH Pathology to have “all” of your blood tests done, as the choice always remains with the patient as to where and with whom they would like to go with.
Appointments for blood collections during the collection hours are not necessary, simply come to our Waiting Room and announce yourself with the Pathology collector once there.
So please share this news around with family members and friends, so that they may benefit by conveniently coming to us for all their blood tests, instead of having to go to other Pathology centers where waiting times are long and parking is limited.
Could it be asthma?
If you have:
• A tight feeling in the chest, and/or
• Continuing cough, then you may have asthma.
You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and they may come and go.
When does it start?
Asthma can start at any age, and can be more of a problem when it starts in older adults, so don’t assume if you never had it as a child that it’s not possible now.
Maybe I’m just getting older…
No! Being breathless is not a normal part of getting older – it should always be checked out by a doctor.
A diagnosis of asthma is more likely if you have eczema or hayfever, or have close relatives with allergies and/or asthma, and if your symptoms:
• keep coming back, or happen at the same time each year
• are worse at night or in the early morning
• are clearly triggered by exercise, allergies or infections
• improve quickly with reliever medication
What should I do if I think I have asthma?
If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. Don’t ignore it – if you do have asthma, the sooner you get it under control, the faster you can get back to living a full and active life!
Things to tell your doctor
1) How can I tell when my asthma is under good control?
2) How can I tell when I am getting a flare-up of asthma symptoms?
3) What medications do I need to take every day for my asthma?
4) Can I work out which triggers make my asthma worse and can I do anything about them?
5) If exercise sets off my asthma, what can I do to control that, so I can keep active?
6) What do I do if my asthma gradually gets worse over a few weeks?
7) What do I do if I have a sudden or severe asthma flare-up (an asthma attack)?
8) Can you please check that I am using my asthma devices correctly?
9) Can I have a written asthma action plan? (or can you check that my written asthma action plan is up to date?)
10) When should I see you again for an asthma review?
Before you leave your doctor, make sure:
— your medications have been reviewed, you know which ones to take and when and you have enough prescriptions until your next visit
— you can use your asthma medication devices correctly
— you have an up-to-date written asthma action plan
— you have booked another appointment for review
— If you have had any night-time asthma symptoms, such as cough, wheeze or breathlessness, since your last check-up
— How many days a week you have had day-time asthma symptoms in the last month
— If your asthma has made it hard to keep up with normal activity
— If you have had any asthma flare-ups or attacks since your last visit
— Anything that seems to trigger/make your asthma worse
— What you do about your triggers and whether this helps
— How much exercise you do and any asthma symptoms during or after exercise
Medication & devices
— How often you have taken your reliever medication in the last month
— How often you take your preventer medication
— Show your doctor how you use your inhaler
— If you are using any other medications or complementary therapies
— Any other changes in your health, e.g. quitting smoking, increasing exercise, weight changes, allergies, other health issues.
— For women, if you are planning a pregnancy or may be pregnant.
If you have a written asthma action plan, bring it to your appointment, so that your doctor can check it is correct and up to date.
Please Welcome Our NEW Doctor – Dr. San.
Who is joining the Team from the 7th August 2017.
We welcome Dr. Aung Htet San, who is a Specialist General Practitioner, and will be joining us as a permanent full time doctor. He obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners this year in January 2017. He has worked in Myanmar (Asia), Seychelles Islands (Africa) and the UK, before he moved with his family to Australia in 2010.
He graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2000, at Yangon, Myanmar in Burma and has a Diploma in Skin Cancer.
Dr. San is a passionate and considerate family doctor with a keen interest in diagnostic medicine.
Vaccination remains the best protection we have against influenza. The 3 years and over “Fluarix Tetra” vaccine is now already available. Who is eligible to receive the free National Immunisation Program influenza vaccines? – Pregnant women, all Aboriginal people 36 months of age and older, all persons aged 65 years and people 36 months of age and older with medical risk factors predisposing to severe influenza.
The 3 years and under vaccine “FluQuadri & Junior” is now also available. This will be available for free to children aged 6 to 35 months with medical risk factors only, an example of this is Asthma and to all Aboriginal children aged 6 to 35 months.
The building of your new Camden South Medical Practice has started this week across the road at 2 Berallier Drive. The concrete slab will be poured early next year and hopefully the Practice will be operational before September 2017. We are excited to further expand our services with this new Practice including to add more GP doctors, for serving the needs of our local community.