Dr Thilan & Kishani depart Queen Street Medical Centre

Best wishes to Drs Thilan and Kishani

Dear patients – we have some happy/sad news – sad for us because Doctors Kishani Weeresena and Thilan Walgamage are leaving our practice on Tuesday 19 October – but happy because Thilan and Kishani are following their passion and starting their very own practice – the Beach Road Surgery – where Thilan will practice his skin cancer and aesthetic medicine and Kishani will continue her general practice.
Our very best wishes Kishani and Thilan and we wish you every success.

No, COVID vaccines don’t stay in your body for years

No, COVID vaccines don’t stay in your body for years

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Pfizer COVID-19 vax available to all people aged 12 and over

Queen Street Medical Centre Moruya is now offering all people aged 12 and over the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – clinics open online when vaccines are delivered.

How to book: Please do not call us – please continue to use the Book a COVID Vax buttons here on our Home page or find other locations using the Department of Health eligibility checker.

Getting vaccinated is our only way out says Dr Neil Starmer

“COVID-19 Delta has arrived in the Eurobodalla. This variant is more infectious and as a community we are tiring of restrictions.” warns our practice partner GP, Dr Neil Starmer.

Dr Starmer stresses “The only way out of this mess is to vaccinate. The risk to you from the vaccine is less than the risk to you from COVID-19.“

Telehealth and Televideo consults are now recommended

Due to the increased risk now posed by COVID-19 Delta variant, when you need to see your doctor, we recommend you please book a telehealth or televideo consultation. If you need to physically attend your consultation e.g. for a wound dressing please advise our receptionist when making your appointment. We appreciate your patience when calling – our receptionists are doing their very best to manage record numbers of phone calls. Please remember, to book your Covid vax click on the Book a COVID-VAX button above, new clinics for both Pfizer and AstraZeneca are added weekly as we receive the vaccines.

New COVID-19 measures across NSW – new restrictions at our practice

New COVID-19 measures apply across NSW. 

If you are a CLOSE or CASUAL CONTACT or HAVE VISITED any of the NSW locations during the time and date indicated it is essential to follow the NSW Health advice. Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW.

We have implemented stricter entry and infection protocols at our practices:

Patients and carers please note: If you have visited Greater Sydney or are a close or casual contact – do not enter our Moruya or Broulee practices. Get tested immediately and self-isolate.  Our waiting room is for patients only – our Covid Concierge will determine if your carer or family member may enter. Please do not arrive early for your appointment – waiting room numbers are strictly limited in accordance with infection protocols. All patients must wear a mask at all times within our practice in accordance with NSW Face Mask Rules

Be sure you are fully informed on the latest restrictions. Click on Read more below. Book your COVID vaccination at our practice online (links above) or use the government eligibility checker to find other vaccination locations.

COVID VACCINATION Update 4 – Pfizer preferred vaccine for people 16 to 59 years

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) as the preferred vaccine for those aged 16 to under 60 years. This updates the previous preferential recommendation for Pfizer (Comirnaty) over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in those aged 16 to under 50 years.  The recommendation is revised due to a higher risk and observed severity of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) related to the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine observed in Australia in the 50-59 year old age group than reported internationally and initially estimated in Australia.

Read the full statement: ATAGI Statement 17 June 2021

Follow the read more link for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about your Covid vaccination.

COVID VACCINATION – how to book

The federal government is controlling the rollout of the AstraZeneka and Pfizer vaccines.

How to check if bookings are available? Please do not call us – please continue to use the Book a Covid Vax buttons above or find other locations using this eligibility checker.

In the meantime, we are well underway with our flu vaccination effort, so if you have not had flu vaccine yet please make an appointment. The flu vaccine needs to be given at least two weeks away from a COVID vaccine. Bookings for all our appointments, flu vaccine clinics and COVID vaccination clinics are best made online. 

New heroin treatment option yielding positive results among patients at Melbourne injecting rooms

Summer’s* fascination with heroin started when she was just a teenager, but she never thought she would become addicted. The 34-year-old’s life was completely controlled by her six-year heroin addiction. She says she would still be dependent if it wasn’t for a new form of opioid replacement therapy.

It was only when she used heroin at the North Richmond supervised injecting room that she was offered a new treatment – a once-a-month injection. “If it wasn’t for the injection, I’d still be in the same cycle,” Summer said. “If you put heroin in front of me, I’d kick it in the drain, I just have no interest in using ever again.”

Click on the link below for more of this story by ABC’s Erin Cooper – you’ll also find links if you or anyone you know needs help.

Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW

For the latest COVID-19 close contact locations please visit the NSW Health site.

If you are a CLOSE CONTACT or HAVE VISITED any of the NSW locations during the time and date indicated it is essential to follow the NSW Health advice – click on read more below.

At our Queen Street Medical practices at Moruya and Broulee, we continue to implement strict entry and infection protocols. If you have visited any of the locations listed or recently been to Victoria please phone us for advice – do not enter our Moruya or Broulee practices.

See the links on this page to book your COVID vaccination at our practice online or use the government eligibility checker to find other vaccination locations.

COVID Vaccination Clinics – Update 2

Finally, our first COVID vaccine supplies arrived on Wednesday the 14 April. 50 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to the Moruya surgery, and 50 to Broulee. We have a COVID vaccination clinic today, Monday 19 April in Broulee and Tuesday 20 April in Moruya. This will exhaust our current allocation and we are not sure when the next delivery will come.  Please continue to look online for COVID vaccine clinic availability.

Please don’t despair. The government planning of the vaccine rollout has been a bit of a shambles and recent reports of side effects have further complicated matters. We are digesting all the latest vaccine supply and clinical information as it comes to hand and when we do have adequate stocks of the vaccine our GPs will be able to answer your questions before your vaccination. That is our job.  

At the moment there is no urgency, we are very fortunate.  In the meantime, we are well underway with our flu vaccination effort, so if you have not had flu vaccine yet please make an appointment. The flu vaccine needs to be given at least two weeks away from a COVID vaccine. 

Please keep looking at our website for updates. Bookings for flu and COVID vaccine clinics and regular appointments are best made online please.  Our Reception team are answering over 500 calls per day – so please do not call – I hope this message answers your COVID vax questions and we can let our receptionists get on with the usual general practice business.  Dr Neil Starmer – Partner GP

A share journey @ Queen Street Medical Centre, Moruya

ELIGIBLE FOR THE FREE FLU SHOT? Book now online

If you are eligible for a free government flu vaccination we have received the vaccines. There is no need to phone us – our vaccination clinics are open for ONLINE booking – click on the BOOK A FLU VAX button at the top of the Home page.

To check your eligibility for a free flu vaccination select the “read more” link below.

As we receive our Department of Health vaccines, we are running regular Flu Vaccine Clinics to both manage the demand and minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection via social distancing at the clinic.

Step 1:   You must please check your eligibility to receive a free government flu vaccination Step 2:  Please book your flu vaccination online – this greatly helps to manage the extremely high demand.

There must be at least 14 days between the Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

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When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

This information is taken directly from the Australian Government, Department of Health website – https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/when-will-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine

This video describes how vaccines will be rolled out, and who they will go to first. Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Priority groups have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological evidence. Learn about priority groups and who will receive the first doses of the vaccine. This includes people that would be at higher risk of serious illness if they contracted COVID-19, and those most likely to be exposed to it.

DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLIES ARE GOVERNED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT.

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE US – WE WILL POST ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE.  Follow the Read more link for the full story and important links.

What is an electronic prescription?

Introducing electronic prescriptions

We have introduced electronic prescriptions – you will still have the option to have a paper prescription, but electronic prescriptions are convenient, easy and efficient for you, your doctor and your pharmacist.  Follow the read more link for more information and to watch the short video.

 

Meet our new GPs – Dr Neil Mackay and Dr Borna Das

A warm welcome to our new GP registrars – Dr Neil Mackay and Dr Borna Das, who joined our Moruya GP team on Monday, 1st February.

After four years training in orthopaedics in far north Queensland, Dr Mackay completed his first 12 months of the 18 month GP  registrar training programme in Pambula last year and joins us to complete his final training semester – Neil and his young family have decided to settle here in our local area. 

Dr Das has now embarked on her first six month GP training semester after recently working as a Senior Resident Medical Officer (SRMO) in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.

Queen Street Medical Centre is recognised as a leading, accredited GP training practice in NSW, attracting a record number of applications for this 2021 training year. Our GP registrars usually elect to complete at least 12 months of their 18 months training at our Moruya practice. Many of our former GP registrars have settled permanently in our local area and remain with our practice.

Thank you Dr James

This month marks a milestone for our Dr Peter James who is retiring on December 21st after nearly 40 years of dedicated, wonderful service to the health and wellbeing of our Eurobodalla community.

Peter spent his early GP years working in rural Queensland until moving to Brisbane to practice and later heading to Sylvania in Sydney. Peter finally settled with his family here on the South Coast where he worked for many years as a Visiting Medical Officer at Batemans Bay Hospital in addition to his GP consulting at Batemans Bay Medical Centre.

In 2014 Peter joined our Queen Street Medical Centre where he’s a much loved and highly regarded member of our GP team. Peter, we extend our deepest thanks and very best wishes to you for a healthy, relaxing and enjoyable retirement – it’s been a pleasure and priviledge to work with you and we’ll miss you greatly.

Christmas Wishes to You

Our very best and warmest wishes to you and your family for a happy, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year.

Queen Street Medical Centres at Moruya and Broulee will be closed on the public holidays during this festive period.

*24 Dec – Moruya and Broulee practices will close at 2pm  *Closed on Public Holidays – Dec 25, 28 and Jan 1

In an emergency dial 000 for an ambulance.

For medical attention call or visit your nearest hospital: Moruya District Hospital:4474 4266 | 2 River Street, Moruya | Batemans Bay District Hospital:4475 1500 | 7 Pacific Street, Batemans Bay

For less urgent advice you can also contact the GP helpline