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Doctors on Darling will be closing at 1.00pm on Friday 18 May 2018 for some exciting renovations to our entrance.
We will be open as normal on Monday 21 May 2018 from 7.30am.
Should you require urgent assistance, please visit your nearest Hospital emergency department of dial 000 for an ambulance.

Patients Choice Award

Patients’ Choice Award

Doctors on Darling are super excited to have been voted in the top 100 Australian General Practices by Healthengine’s Patient’s Choice Awards.
A big thank you to all our patients who voted in these awards – we are proud that you think we are great!

Flu Vaccine Clinics available at Doctors on Darling.

Flu vaccination only appointments with be Bulk Billed – Flu vaccine is $22.00.

The Government funded Flu Vaccines for those aged from 6 months to under 5, for those 65 years and offer and anyone who suffers from a chronic illness have also arrived.

 

It’s time to book your annual skin check – book online today or call our friendly reception team on
(02) 8068 2490

The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

The Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program will be implemented on 1 December 2017.

Until the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is implemented, the cervical cancer screening program will continue. It is important that people aged between 18-69 years continue to have Pap tests every two years and talk to their doctor or healthcare provider if they have any questions.

More accurate. Less often.

From 1 December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.

The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It looks and feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).

Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your results are normal.

Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer. For further information please visit   http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/about-the-new-test

 

Mona Lisa Touch is now available in the Jade Room at Doctors on Darling

Dr Sally Lyttleton offers a revolutionary treatment creating lasting improvements for women affected by the symptoms of vaginal atrophy:
• Vaginal Itching & Burning
• Vaginal Dryness
• Loss Of Lubrication
• Vaginal Laxity
• Some Incontinence Symptoms
• Painful Sexual Intercourse
For all Queries Please Phone Dr Lyttletons Registered Nurse, Sarah  on 0423 404 610

The Jade Room is now Available Weekly at Doctors on Darling.

 

Now Available: Yellow Fever

Yellow FeverYellow fever is spread by a species of mosquito common to areas of Africa and South America.
Mild cases cause fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.
Serious cases may cause fatal heart, liver and kidney conditions.
No specific treatment for the disease exists. Efforts focus on managing symptoms and limiting complications.
Vaccination is recommended before travelling to ‘risk’ countries and areas.
If you need to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever, please book your appointment with one of the following Doctors:
Dr Anne Charteris, Dr Gerald Enright or Dr Simone Kooke

 

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.

New Patients always welcome 

 

Bexsero Update

October 2017

BEXSERO® supplies have returned to normal. We have contacted everyone on our waiting list. If you are interesting in commencing the BEXSERO® schedule, please contact our friendly reception team or book an appointment online to discuss this with your Doctor.

What is BEXSERO® and what is it used for?
BEXSERO® is a meningococcal group B vaccine.
BEXSERO® is given to individuals from 2 months of age and older to help protect against disease caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis group B. These bacteria can cause serious, and sometimes life-threatening, infections such as meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood poisoning).
The vaccine works by specifically stimulating the body’s natural defense system of the vaccinated person. This results in protection against this disease.

Who should consider having the BEXSERO® immunisation? 
Based on their higher disease risk, 4CMenB is recommended for these groups:

  • Infants and young children, particularly those aged <24 months
  • Adolescents aged 15 to 19 years
  • Children and adults with medical conditions that place them at a high risk of IMD, such as functional or anatomical asplenia or complement component disorders
  • Laboratory personnel who frequently handle Neisseria meningitidis

Worldwide, the main strains that cause meningococcal disease are A, B, C, W and Y.  ** Doctors on Darling also stock the ACWY vaccine 

 

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, 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 also stock private supply of Zostervax immunisations for those who are not eligible to receive a government funded vaccine. If you are interested in having the vaccine, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490 or book an appointment online to discuss this with your Doctor.
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