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

The Conversation 8 October 2021: As Australia strives to reach its national COVID vaccination targets, there’s an unprecedented focus on the biological effects of vaccines. While there’s an enormous amount of information available online, it’s increasingly difficult to discern truth from falsehood or even conspiracy. A common myth of vaccines that has appeared in recent months is the accusation they…

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.

Confused about your COVID-19 vaccination options and the risks? We recommend you read this article appearing in The Conversation 29 June 2021 – click on the read more link below.

In a nutshell, if you are under 40 years old and want to get a COVID-19 vaccine the options are:

1. wait until Pfizer becomes available for your specific situation (you can use the vaccine eligibility checker to see when you’re eligible)

2. think about getting an AstraZeneca vaccine.

The best advice is to discuss with your GP your own unique story, and the risks and benefits as they relate to you.

Also listen to QUEENSTREETMEDCAST  – Dr Neil Starmer unpicks the developing COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination confusion.

To be fully informed, read the full story by The Conversation  – click on the Read more link below.

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. 

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.

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.

 

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.”