Flu Vaccinations can now be booked at Doctors on Darling.
To book you appointment please phone Reception on 02 8068 2490 (Option 1)
Doctors and Darling are pleased to advise that we have been selected to be part of the COVID-19 vaccination program.
As the government roles out the vaccination to Phase 1b, GP practices will come onboard in stages.
Doctors on Darling will start providing the vaccine to eligible patients after Easter.
To check to see if you will be eligible for your vaccination in Phase 1b, please go to the eligibility checker
We will open our books for appointments from Monday 22 March.
Doctors on Darling would like to update you on the current situation with the COVID-19 Vaccine
The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Australia on Monday 15/02/2021 – this began rolling 22/02/2021 to Aged care facilities, Hotel quarantine workers and frontline health workers (ie: emergency departments) – this vaccine will not be used at this stage for the general public, due to it requiring storage at extreme freezing temperatures. This is known as phase 1a of the roll out plan.
The Therapeutic Goods administration (TGA) – the body that approves vaccines and medication in Australia, has approved another vaccine, made by Astra Zeneca, this is the vaccine that will be administered to the public under the Federal Governments roll out plan – Phase 1b.
The Government is currently suggesting this will be rolled out early March.
General Practice were asked to submit an “Expression of Interest” in being involved in administering the COVID-19 Vaccine. Over 5000 practices submitted a EOI – 1000 of which will be accepted to deliver the phase 1b vaccinations. We do not know if we will be one of the chosen practices.
Phase 1b will be given to:
- Aged > 70 year
- Those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- Those more likely to experience sever illness form COVID (we are waiting for the definition of who this will be)
- Emergencies workers
- Other healthcare professionals
The Government will announce to the public when the vaccines are available for distribution – there are plans for a National Booking system, patients will have to prove that they meet the criteria for the phase of the roll out.
Once we know whether we will be involved in phase 1b of the roll out – we will communicate with our patient base through our website, Facebook and where applicable SMS.
For further information, patients are best to search NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/covid-vaccination.aspx or the Federal Health department: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines
Doctors on Darling is excited to welcome Dr Simone Kooke back to the practice from parental leave!
Dr Kooke will initially be available on Wednesday’s for Face to Face & Telehealth Appointments
Book your Appointment here
It is with sadness that we wish to advise that Dr Jane Novotny had decided to retire after almost 20 years at Doctors on Darling.
Jane will be missed by her colleagues, the staff at Doctors on Darling and her many loyal patients.
We wish Jane all the best for a very happy and healthy retirement
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year – please let 2021 be better than 2020!
Please check your medications and organise to get repeats as soon as possible if needed over the break.
Doctors on Darling will be soon launching electronic prescriptions, or “eScripts”.
Click here for an informative video on receiving your scripts electronically.
We are offering face to face appointments, telehealth consultations and Influenza vaccination clinics.
We will triage you prior to offering an onsite appointment and you can expect to be asked questions such as:
• Have you travelled overseas or interstate within the last 21 days?
• Have you been in contact with anyone who is known or suspected as having COVID-19?
• Are you currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath?
Should you answer yes, to any of the above questions, we will most likely recommend that you have a telehealth consult with your usual or preferred doctor. If the doctor suspects that your symptoms are related to COVID-19, they will arrange for testing to be undertaken.
Please do not attend the practice without a scheduled appointment and please arrive only at the specified time and do not attend with family members. To ensure that we adhere to social distancing, we are limiting the number of people waiting inside the surgery at any given time.