Flu Vaccines 2017
Looking at having the flu vaccine this year? Doctors on Darling have received our routine stock (Government funded vaccines are not expected to be available until Mid April). The team at Doctors on Darling are running Flu Vaccine Clinics where the consultation fee will be bulk billed. Fees do apply for the Flu Vaccine.
No available appointments online..?
If you cannot see an available appointment online, please always call our reception team on (02) 8068 2490 to check any changes which may not reflect in a timely manner with our online bookings, alternatively, we can run a cancellation list if necessary.
Bexsero Update – Feb 2017
As many of our patients are aware, Bexsero has been going in and out of stock for most of the past year due to Global shortage. We are running a waiting list and on receipt of stock be contacting parents. At this point, we are focusing on completing current schedules and will then take on new schedules. We been told that shortages should improve in April, however, at this point have no confirmed information. We apologise for the inconvenience which is unfortunately out of our control. Please click here for further information on Bexsero shortage
Dr Gerald Enright joined our Team in August 2016
Dr Enright is available from 7:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, please see below for his regular hours
Following graduation from The University of Sydney and residency at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital, Gerald undertook a Diploma in Obstetrics and pursued a rural GP career for twenty five years .
He further obtained his Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and The Diploma of Child Health.
Dr Enright has a special interest in children’s health, men & women’s health, minor procedures, preventative medicine including; skin checks, travel vaccines, antenatal shared care and a collaborative approach to Workers Compensation. He is married with three children and is active in running, cycling, yoga and travel.
Dr Enright is available for appointments:
Monday: 7:30am to 5:45pm
Tuesday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday: 7:30am to 4:30pm
(alternating Fridays finishing at 11:30am)
Saturdays: 9:30am to 12:30pm Fortnightly
Welcome to Doctors on Darling
Doctors on Darling is a privately owned practice that has been providing quality health care to our patients and the community in Balmain and surrounding areas for over 30 years, we are fully accredited with GPA and are committed to providing the highest quality care and service to our patients.
Doctors on Darling is a privately billing practice Open 6 days a week Monday to Saturday. We are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Bulk billing applies only to certain concession card holders. Our team consists of 12 General Practitioners, an Endocrinologist, a Clinical Psychologist, a Psychotherapist and a Dietitian / Sports Nutritionist.
Most of our Doctors participate in the Antenatal Shared Care Program, and many have completed a Diploma in Child Health. To find out more about our Doctors, please see Our Team page.
In April 2014, Doctors on Darling relocated to the state of the art heritage building “The Balmain Professional Centre” at 3 Montague Street Balmain. (cnr of Montague Street and Llewellyn St). This new location is spacious and offers an abundance of natural lighting with the added advantage of disability parking and access (via ramp or internal lift).
Doctors on Darling offer a wide range of GP services, please see Our Services page.
In addition to our GP, specialists & allied health services, Dr Charteris performs injectable cosmetic procedures for wrinkle relaxation and dermal filling, please see Cosmetic Services.
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Being located within Balmain Professional Centre, patients have the added convenience of other onsite services including:
- Douglas Hanly & Moir Pathology
Monday to Friday
8am to 1pm
Services include; Blood collection, Glucose Tolerance Testing, Urea Breath Tests and ECGs (electrocardiograms) etc
- Dentist & Co
Dentist & Co offer a wide range of dental services, including; general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, childrens Dentistry and implant dentistry. Some of their noticeable dental treatments include Invisalign teeth straightening, ZOOM Teeth Whitening, Porcelain Veneers and Dental Implants
For further information visit www.dentistandco.com.au
- Sydney Allied Health
Sydney Allied Health Group is a multidisciplinary clinic offering physiotherapy, exercise physiotherapy, podiatry and pilates focused on serving the needs of Balmain.
For further information visit www.sydneyalliedhealth.com.au
* * Health Alerts **
5/9/16 MERS Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Please ensure you notify reception if you are booking to see your Doctor when
– Patients have pneumonia or pneumonitis onset within 14days of travelling in countries in or near the Middle East; or
– Where patients have had close contact with ill persons from the Middle East or other places with known MERS-CoV outbreaks
All suspect cases attending Doctors on Darling will be isolated and transmission-based precautions will be followed. It is important to ensure you notify reception prior to attending to discuss this.
18/8/16 Meningococcal Disease Warning
NSW Health is urging people to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease with five new cases reported in NSW in the last seven days.
So far this year, NSW Healthhas reported 39 cases of invasive meningococcal disease and four deaths in NSW compared to 27 cases and zero deaths in the same period last year.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include sudden onset of fever, cold hands and feet, limb/joing pain, nausea and vomiting, headache, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and a pinprick rash changing to large red-purple blotches that do not disappear with gentle pressure on the skin. A rash does not always appear or it may occur late in the disease.
Please notify reception if you are visiting your Doctor with concern to ensure appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.
Further information can be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20160818_00.aspx
16/8/16 Protect Vulnerable people as flu cases rise
NSW Health is urging people with flu symptoms to stay away from aged care facilities and vulnerable groups following a spike in influenza presentations to emergency departments and 22 new influenza outbreaks in residential aged care facilities in the last week.
NSW Health’s latest Influenza report shows that more than 1950 confirmed influenza cases were reported from across the state last week.
Further information can be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20160816_00.aspx
Zika virus alert
(Information taken directly from NSW Health – link below)
What is the current situation?
Public health authorities in at least 21 countries and territories of Latin America and the Carribbean have reported the recent introduction of Zika virus infection with on-going local transmission. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people. Recent local transmission has also been reported in Samoa and Tonga.
On 1 February 2016 the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Due to the concerns about the possibility of severe outcomes for unborn babies, women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant, should consider delaying their travel to areas with active outbreaks of Zika.
Where else does Zika virus occur?
Zika virus occurs in tropical areas with large mosquito populations and is known to occur in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and the Western Pacific. Zika virus was discovered in 1947, but for many years only sporadic human cases were detected in Africa and Southern Asia.
It first appeared in the Pacific in 2007 in Yap (Federated States of Micronesia). It re-emerged in the region with cases reported for the first time in French Polynesia in 2013-14, New Caledonia in 2014, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa in 2015, and Samoa and Tonga in 2016.
Since 2014 there have been occasional cases of Zika virus notified in NSW in people who haveacquired the infection while travelling overseas in areas with active transmission of the virus. With the explosive spread of Zika virus in the Americas it is expected that more cases of infection will be identified this year in returned travellers.
What is Zika virus infection?
Zika virus infection is an illness caused by the Zika virus that is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is closely related to dengue virus and can cause a similar illness. The infection often causes no symptoms but when it does the illness is usually mild and lasts 4-7days. Symptoms of Zika virus infection arise 3-12 days after being bitten and may include fever, a rash, headache, red eyes, muscle aches, and joint pains.
Recent outbreaks in the Pacific and Central and South America have raised concerns that Zika virus infection might cause birth defects if the mother gets Zika while pregnant, but further studies are required to confirm or exclude this possible link.
During a recent outbreak in the Pacific, the number of people who had the rare condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome (which causes paralysis) increased, but scientists have not proven that Zika causes this.
Who is at risk?
Travellers who go to affected areas in Africa, Asia, the Western Pacific, and now the Americas are at risk of getting Zika virus infection (see US CDC Zika map). The Aedes aegypti mosquito that is the main transmitter of Zika virus can bite during the day and night, both indoors and outdoors, and often lives around buildings in urban areas.
How is it prevented?
Travellers to affected areas should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengueand chikungunya prefer to live and bite people indoors, and peak biting activity is during daylight hours. The mosquito hides under furniture and tends to bite around the feet and ankles. People may not notice they are being bitten.
Travellers to affected areas should stay in accommodation with screened windows and doors, wear loose fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs, and apply insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin to exposed skin, especially during daylight hours and in the early evening.
For additional advice on steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes see the Mosquitoes are a Health Hazard Factsheet.
There is currently no vaccine against Zika virus.
Will Zika virus spread in NSW?
It is very unlikely that Zika virus will establish local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection overseas are not found here. There is no evidence that local mosquitoes can transmit the virus between people.
The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus are found in some parts of north Queensland. This is why anyone diagnosed with Zika virus infection in NSW is advised against travel to north Queensland until they have cleared their infection.
10.12.2015 Sydney Local Health District
Sydney Local Health District is urging anyone who has been to Balmain and Glebe in the past week to be aware of the symptoms of measles after an infectious person visited the areas between December 3 and 9. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed a few days later by a rash. Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children.
The NSW Ministry of Health considers anyone born since 1966 who does not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, or evidence of previous measles infection, to be highly susceptible and recommends they be vaccinated.
“The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease,” says the District’s Director of Public Health, Dr Leena Gupta. “People with measles symptoms should stay home from school or work and not go out in public. “We recommend medical treatment be sought, but if you or your child do have these symptoms you should call the doctor’s surgery before you go in so they can make arrangements to see you without the risk of you spreading the virus to other people,” she said. “For young children, the MMR vaccine is recommended at 12 months and again at 18 months of age. Two doses of the vaccine are required for lifelong protection.”
Children, teenagers, and adults who are not fully vaccinated against measles can receive the MMR vaccination from their doctor at no cost. It is safe to have the vaccine more than once so people who are unsure should be vaccinated.
Measles is very common in some countries. Travellers should discuss measles vaccinations with their doctor.
Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff. If you need to obtain any records, please see your Doctor or our friendly reception team for further information.
Suggestions and Complaints
Doctors on Darling are committed to providing you and your family with a high standard of care. Your input will us improving our services and we do value any suggestions or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to discuss them with staff. Alternatively there is a suggestion box in the waiting room (next to the T.V), all responses are treated in confidence. Otherwise, please contact the Health Care Complaints Commission on (02) 9219 7444.
Dr Sarah Saw
For those patient who are not yet aware, Dr Sarah Saw has relocated to America with her family for two years. We were sad to see Dr Saw go, however, we wish her and her family all the very best and look forward to her return.
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