Pathology home visits for Tuross patients

Michael Storey regional manager of Southern IML Pathology has set up a home visit service to start Monday 2nd September 2019 for Tuross patients. Michael says, “Southern IML Pathology is very happy to continue providing services to the people of Tuross Head following the closure of Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross. Our plan is to continue with services on Tuesday …

Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross to close Friday, 30 August 2019

Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross to
close Friday, 30 August

Commenting on the closure of  Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross, GP Partner Dr Neil Starmer says “Closing the Tuross Practice is confronting and disappointing decision to have to make. As a partnership we thought we could weather the storm comprising static government rebates, poor GP workforce distribution and rising costs.  We have exhausted every avenue available to keep the practice open. This decision should have been made 12 months ago from a business perspective. The only consolation I can offer is that your medical care can continue with the same doctors in Moruya. We can provide the continuity of care, just not at Tuross.”
Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross patients please note, from 2 September: 
All existing appointments will remain as booked with your usual doctor who will be consulting at Queen Street Medical Centre, 49 Queen Street Moruya. If you are unable to attend your appointment in Moruya, please phone as soon as possible to cancel or change this appointment.
New appointments can be made with your usual doctor who will be consulting at Queen Street Medical Centre Moruya.

Chronic pain management group starts 9 October 2019

If you suffer with chronic pain our second six week group programme aims to help you learn how to self-manage your pain and other symptoms. Starting Wednesday, 9 October 2019, this no-fee programme will be conducted for up to 10 patients by GP Dr Aidan Lawrence and Exercise Physiologist Hamish Gorman. You will need a referral from your usual GP for an initial consultation with Dr Lawrence.

Flu jab crucial as winter sets in

NSW Health Director of Communicable Disease, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, says 115 children have been admitted to Children’s Hospital Westmead with flu this year, including two needing critical care. “So we are again encouraging parents and carers of children from 6 months up to five years old to take advantage of the free flu vaccine”.

What is Q Fever and are you at risk?

Q fever is an illness caused by a bacterium called Coxiella burnetti which can be caught by humans via direct or indirect contact with infected domestic and native animals or animal products. Cattle, sheep and goats are the main sources of infection. The illness in humans is usually mild, but may sometimes be severe with long lasting consequences. Our Eurobodalla region was declared a high risk area – mainly due to extreme dry conditions throughout the region. If your work puts you in contact with high-risk animals or animal products you have a high risk of  Q fever infection. The vaccine is strongly recommended for people aged 15 years and over who work in high-risk occupations.

In praise of feet – show them you care.

Our feet provide balance and posture, supporting the whole weight of the body when standing and mobilising, often for many hours without rest. Many of us tend to neglect our feet, seldom stopping to consider how important they are to our daily function and well-being, until injury or pain stops us in our tracks! Our registered practice nurse Vivienne shares her expertise and good advice on how to take good care of this remarkable piece of engineering.

Our Dr Tim says thank you for energy, wisdom and friendship…

February saw a fitting farewell for our Dr Tim Shepherd who has retired after 35 years of wonderful service to our community. We feel it’s not the end of an era but the beginning of the new for Tim and his wife Jann who’ll be enjoying their love of the “great outdoors” – hiking, kayaking and camping. Our Dr Tim hopes to be making what he says are “cameo visits” to consult from time to time when other GPs are on leave.

“To all my patients who have been a huge part of my life for 35 years – you will know how my time will be spent. This photo is just a sample! I will miss the day to day interaction with these friends who have been intimately connected to my life – and in many cases, from whom I have received energy, wisdom and friendship . Thank you to you all – it’s reassuring to know there is a wonderful team to continue “after Tim”.

Medicare rebates now apply for eligible MRI scans

For over two years South East Radiology (SER) has been campaigning for Medicare rebates to be available on the MRI scanner in Moruya. SER is happy to announce their MRI site, located in the Mirrabooka wing of our Queen Street Medical Centre, has been granted a full Medicare license by the federal government today. This license will enable patients with an eligible referral from a specialist or GP to access Medicare item numbers and now have their examination bulk billed with no out of pocket payment.

Join our Diabetes Exercise and Diet Group – every Friday at Moruya

If you have Type 2 Diabetes and would like to improve your health and fitness this year why not join our weekly group programme – it’s bulk billed and run by Exercise Physiologist Aden Reynolds and our Dietitian/Diabetes Educator Carole Richards. Working at your own pace, your supervised hour-long session is conducted over eight weeks on Fridays starting at 11.30am at our Queen Street Medical Centre meeting room.

New free mental health service for children

Connect for Kids is a new home-based mental health service for children, delivered at no cost to parents or carers  by Psychologists via video link (Telecare). Royal Far West use their expertise in Telecare to connect children outside of major cities with health specialists. There is no fee for the children who access the service.  Click here for more details..

Happy travels Annie and congrats Shelley

We know so many of  you will know and love our nurse manager Annie Williams RN.  After nine dedicated years with us here at Queen Street Medical, Annie is taking a six month “geographical sabbatical” to travel and spend some more time with her family. We are sending her off with our collective good wishes but as the saying goes …

Help for problem sleepers…starting in April 2018

Grand Pacific Health is offering a free group-based treatment programme starting in April for those with sleep problems. During the programme you’ll learn various strategies to achieve a longer and more restorative night’s sleep. These sessions will help you establish a routine that both prepares your body for sleep and teaches you ways to calm your mind at the end of the day. The program is conducted by clinically qualified presenters and runs over four weeks with two 1.5 hour sessions in a small group.

 

Introducing Hamish Gorman – Exercise Physiologist

A warm welcome to Hamish Gorman – founder of Eurobodalla Exercise Physiology. Hamish will be consulting at QSMC Moruya on Fridays from 2nd February. Hamish has extensive experience in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management and believes strongly in using exercise as medicine to improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Eurobodalla’s new sexual health services

A warm welcome to WILL – our region’s new sexual health nurse who has just arrived to provide free, confidential and LGBTI-friendly services. You can contact Will for STI checks, safe sex advice and free condoms, pre and post HIV exposure prevention and HIV advice…

Salads with attitude

When is a salad not just a salad? QSMC dietitian Carole Richards gives us 10 easy and delicious ways we can nutritionally boost and transform our salads into stand-alone meals.

The Pap Test has changed – what you need to know

From 1 December 2017, a new Cervical Screening Test, which aims to detect the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is replacing the Pap test (or Pap smear) for women aged 25–74.  This program is changing based on the latest available evidence on the development and prevention of cervical cancer. Women who have been vaccinated against HPV still need to have regular cervical screening, as the vaccine does not protect again all types of HPV.

Extending north… to BROULEE

We’re extending our services north…to Broulee!  From Tuesday 3rd October 2017 we’ll be welcoming our patients to Queen Street Medical Centre Broulee at 33 Clarke Street. “We are excited by our expansion to Broulee. It fits into our commitment to Banksia and allows us to continue to build on the local service initiated by Dr Tuckwell.” says Queen Street Medical partner Dr Steve Murray. Doctors Angela Bennett and Lisa Hyde will continue to consult from the practice which will be open for longer weekday hours from 8.30am to 5.00pm…

MRI lands in Moruya

After two years of planning and construction South East Radiology’s MRI scanner was finally lowered by crane into its new home here at QSMC on Saturday 29 July. The MRI  is now fully operational and providing scanning services to patients.  This is a milestone in medical services for the Eurobodalla as patients needing an MRI scan have previously had to travel to Nowra, Canberra or Bega.

My Health Record – secure from cyber threats

Despite recent claims of Medicare number hacks on the dark web, a Department of Health spokeswoman has assured that just having a Medicare card number does not allow My Health Record information to be accessed or hacked, despite some misinformation to the contrary. The Australian Digital Health Agency’s Digital Health Cyber Security Centre has controls in place to prevent a malicious attack…

Eating for eye health – it’s Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 21-27 May

About one in seven Australians, or 1.15 million people over the age of 50 have some evidence of Macular Degeneration (MD) which is the leading cause of blindness in Australians. The good news is that a diet high in leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds can reduce your risks – eating well can prevent or slow progression of this condition writes dietitian Carole Richards…