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Saturdays – Appointment only 

On Saturdays, unfortunately we are no longer able to run walk in clinics and all patients are required to make an appointment. Please always call on the day if you can not see any available appointments online, as in many cases, the status of an appointment can change and people do cancel without enough notice showing online for other patients.

 

Flu Vaccine Update – 2017

Doctors on Darling has both private and government fund flu vaccines available for our patients in both adult and junior doses (From 6 months of age).

Doctors on Darling will be running bulk billed flu vaccine clinics – for further information, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490.

 

Bexsero Update

07.06.2017
Today we received a rather large quantity of Bexsero immunisations and should be able to address 90% of our waiting list. Please return and calls or messages so we can commence your schedule we have a very precise way of tracking those contacted to ensure that we do stick to the order of waiting list. As we only have enough stock to cater for 90% of our current wait list, we will continue to run waiting lists for any new schedules.
Unfortunately we have no indication of when Bexsero will return to normal supply and this issue has been ongoing since the beginning of  2016 due to a Global shortage. We do actively and continually try to obtain stock and contact patients as soon as we can work through our waiting lists. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this period.

Zostervax (Shingles Vaccine) Update

Government Supply:
We are back to normal supplies with Zostervax immunisations and have attempted to contact all patients on the Zostervax waiting list. If you have been on the waiting list and may have missed our calls, we will try again, otherwise, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490 to schedule you immunisation.
Who is eligible for the Government Zostervax Immunisation? 
In November 2016, The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, was approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), provided free of charge to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.
Private Supply:
Please note that we have now received our private supply of Zostervax immunisations, We have contacted any patients who have shown interest and were on the private waiting list. Again, if you have not spoken to us or are interested in having the vaccine, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490.
Note: It is recommended for patients 50 years and older who are not eligible for the government immunisation program.

 

What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles and neurological complications increases.

 

** Health Alerts **

2017

2016

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

January 2016

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.

Please click here for further information from NSW Health regarding Zika Virus