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.
Government funded flu vaccines are now in stock.
Eligibility for a government funded flu vaccines includes:
* Patients aged over 65 year * Patients aged under 5 years * Pregnant women * Patients with chronic illness
Please call our reception team on 8068 2490 to book an appointment.
Appointment for the flu vaccine only will be bulk billed for patients with a valid Medicare Card
Please book your appointment by calling 02) 8068 2490.
Appointments for a flu vaccine only will be bulk billed, the cost of the vaccine is additional.
We are expecting the governemnt funded vaccine to arrive early April.
Government funded Flu vaccines are available for:
* all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over * all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age * all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, such as:
* cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure * chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma * other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies * chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders * impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
* children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy * pregnant women * people aged 65 years and over