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.“

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.

 

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.

Feet in focus – avoiding long-term problems

Have you stopped to check your feet recently? We often take our hard-working feet for granted. Our registered nurse, Vivienne White asks “Have you considered how important your feet are to your well being and general health? Early detection and treatment can greatly reduce the chance of long term foot health issues.”

Our Foot Focus Clinic starts at Queen Street Medical Centre Mourya on 8th December. This special foot clinic is a new health initiative under our Better Health programmes and will be conducted by our qualified, registered nurse, Vivienne White. 

Queen Street Medical Centre Skin Clinic

Check your skin – it could save your life

With Summer on our doorstep and Aussie skin cancer rates among the highest in the world, it’s time to put on the sun protection and a reminder to be checking our skin.

According to our skin cancer management GP Dr Thilan Walgamage, we need to be checking our skin every month “it’s not just a quick once over” he says “think of your skin like a road map – check head to toe and study your spots and moles and take notice of any changes. In the early stages of skin cancer development, you’re the one with the best chance to see changes”.

Thilan’s advice is that if you see something NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL get it checked by trained professional right away. It could be skin cancer. This is what you should look for…

Better medicine clinic background

Medicine reviews are proving good for patients and doctors

It’s just over 12 months since we announced the appointment of our clinical pharmacist Jo McMahon. The clinical results and feedback from our clinical team and our patients are impressive.

“I have checked blood results and calculated renal function for hundreds of medicines to ensure that the dose is correct. Patients discharged from hospital who need to understand changes that have been made to their prescribed medicines can be followed up and I can liaise with the patient’s community pharmacy if required.”

A warm Spring welcome to Dr Bronwyn Henderson

As we greet these first days of Spring, it seems fitting to be extending a warm welcome to Dr Bronwyn Henderson. Dr Henderson is the newest member of our practice GP team taking our tally of GPs joining us since August 2019, to six . This team of six now comprises doctors Nadira Khan, Shenoa Holliday, Gareth Carroll, Polina Smerdova, Lisa Brown and Bronwyn Henderson.

Bronwyn started her clinical career in 2005 as an intensive care paramedic and clinical education tutor in Auckland. Since 2017 she  has been a resident medical officer and an emergency department registrar at Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals. In March Bronwyn was appointed an occasional locum emergency department (ED) registrar at Moruya and Batemans Bay Hospitals.

Dr Henderson is now consulting Tuesday to Thursday at our Moruya practice.  

Flu vaccine – so sorry our private supply is sold out

If you are not elligible to receive the free government-funded flu vaccination and were planning to purchase your vaccine from our practice, unfortunately we now have no flu vaccines available for sale. We are unable to establish when more vaccine will be available but will continue to update this news post. Do check with your local pharmacy as they may still have vaccines available to purchase.

Advice to all our patients: We continue to impose stringent infection control measures – if you have a respiratory infection of any description you must contact us before your appointment for instructions about your consultation at our ‘off-site’ respiratory clinic – you must not enter the practiceWe sincerely appreciate your co-operation during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our utmost to safeguard the health of all in our practice so we can continue to remain open.  Please ensure you observe all requests by our staff and doctors and continue to be open and honest about your health and COVID-19 risk. 

A share journey @ Queen Street Medical Centre, Moruya

ELIGIBLE FOR THE FREE FLU SHOT? Vaccines are available

If you are eligible for a free government flu vaccination we have vaccines in stock. There is no need to phone us – our vaccination clinics remain open for ONLINE booking – click on the online booking link 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 three concurrent Flu Vaccine Clinics most weekdays 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 when the clinics open – this helps to manage demand 

For all essential information including how to book online,  click on the read more link. 

Exercise is “medicine” for people with cancer

“Exercise is “medicine” for people with cancer” says Accredited Exercise Physiologist Aden Reynolds announcing Eurobodalla Health and Fitness will continue to run their successful oncology exercise programme. Launched in 2019, their programme is specifically designed to support people in our community to better manage their cancer diagnosis. “We know that a structured exercise program has many benefits for people managing a cancer diagnosis. An exercise program can be positive for both physical and mental health.”
To find out more about the benefits of the programme and to download the free e-book click on the read more link.

Hamish Gorman, Aden Reynolds and the Eurobodalla Health and Fitness team work in association with our Queen Street Medical clinical team and are located at our Moruya practice weekly on Thursdays.

The government’s new COVIDSAFE app – out now

The Australian government has launched it’s new tracing app COVIDSAFE. We are advised that the more people who use this app, the easier and faster it will be to trace those who’ve come into contact with the virus.  We’ve included these links so you can learn more about the app and how to download it to your phone. Click on the this link here

Flu vaccine now for sale – first clinic 29 April

Here’s some good news for patients not eligible for the government-funded flu vaccine – we have received our practice supply of the vaccines for sale for $25. So if you’re aged 5 to 64 years and you don’t have a chronic disease, you may purchase your vaccine from our practice. 

Please phone us to book your flu vaccination – the first clinic at our Moruya practice is on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. 

Appointments for a flu vaccination only are bulk-billed – you will only be charged $25 for your influenza vaccine. You will be asked to pay for your vaccine before you receive it.

Advice to all our patients: We continue to impose stringent infection control measures – if you have a respiratory infection of any description you must contact us before your appointment for instructions about your consultation at our ‘off-site’ respiratory clinic – you must not enter the practice. We sincerely appreciate your co-operation during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our utmost to safeguard the health of all in our practice so we can continue to remain open.  Please ensure you observe all requests by our staff and doctors and continue to be open and honest about your health and COVID-19 risk. 

Broulee practice will re-open Friday 24 April

Some welcome news for our Broulee patients – our practice will re-open on Friday 24 April 2020.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of our Broulee patients during these difficult circumstances.

Advice to all our patients: We continue to impose stringent infection control measures – if you have a respiratory infection of any description you must contact us before your appointment for instructions about your consultation at our ‘off-site’ respiratory clinic – you must not enter the practice. We sincerely appreciate your co-operation during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our utmost to safeguard the health of all in our practice so we can continue to remain open.  Please ensure you observe all requests by our staff and doctors and continue to be open and honest about your health and COVID-19 risk. 

Coronavirus – what you need to know

We all need to work together to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. To protect those most at risk and to slow the rate of community transmission – non-essential organised gatherings should be kept to fewer than 500 people. 

People who have returned from anywhere overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days. During this time, you should monitor your health closely. If you develop symptoms including a fever and cough, you should seek medical attention, remembering to call ahead.

People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus should also monitor their health and seek medical advice.

From 18 March 2020, all Australians are advised not to travel overseas. Go to www.smartraveller.gov.au for further information

 For Department of Health information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) published 17 March 2020, click the Read more link below to find out who is most at risk, what to do if you develop symptoms, if you should wear a mask – who needs to be isolated and what home isolation means. There is also advice on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please note: If you feel you may have been in contact with the virus and you develop symptoms you must first call either our practice or contact the Moruya or Batemans Bay District Hospitals for professional advice on what you should do to minimise risks to yourself and others.  

New COVID-19 clinics have been established in our region by our Southern NSW Local Health District – see the news post on our Home Page.

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.