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June – July Newsletter

Telehealth

The term telehealth has generally not been used outside medical circles. It applies to use of technology (video or phone) to deliver medical services.

 

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Connecting with your Teenager

Social distancing has meant parents and teens are being forced to spend more time together. The stereotype of the teenager is either a monosyllabic boy or a girl behind a slammed shut bedroom door. Whilst there is some validity to this, it is far from the whole story. Adolescence is a time of change, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. The transition from being a child to adult is not always easy. In this era of social media and smart phones, there are additional pressures.

 

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Dry Eye

The eyes need constant lubrication which is provided by the tear glands. Eyes Become dry for two main reasons.

 

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Prevent the spread of Colds & Flu

Despite Covid 19, "normal" winter cold and flu viruses have not disappeared. There are various theories around why they are usually more prevalent in winter, but nobody really knows. There is much we can do to reduce the spread. Viruses are spread by airborne droplets.

 

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Oral Thrush

Caused by fungus Candida albicans, thrush can affect different parts of the body, most commonly the genitals and the mouth and throat.

Oral thrush will typically cause white plaques in the mouth and throat.

 

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How to manage stress

Stress is claimed to be the scourge of the 21st century. Covid 19 has added to this as has the economic impacts we are seeing. Even in normal circumstances it doesn't seem to matter who you talk to; everyone feels stressed at some stage.

 

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Coronavirus – Useful links for Families

There is so much new information being made available to us. We are best to listen to advice from the Australian Government and NSW Health at this time rather than some social media sites. We have compiled some websites that are helpful for families during these trying times with Covid 19.

What you can and can’t do under the new rules

Do I have Coronavirus

Coronavirus Family Guide

Stay Resilient during Covid19

Mental Health Support

NSW Government News

Staying Safe from Coronavirus

 

 

 

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Easter 2020

#stayhome this Easter. This is the message from the Australian Government.

Easter will be very different for people all over the world this year. While it is frustrating that we cannot see our love ones or go on our Easter holidays, this time will pass. Act now to slow the spread, if we don’t, we will have to continue social distancing and the rules associated with it for much longer.

We are safe in our homes, we can make a phone call or video call our families. We can take time to catch up on those jobs around the home that have been waiting for us.

Stay Safe everyone and Happy Easter from the team at Brook Medical Centre

 

 

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April – May 2020

Corona

We share this planet with a host of other livings things including viruses. Some are well known to us and do not cause much concern.

Surprisingly, the Corona family of viruses as a group fits into this category. They cause a cold type illness which whilst not pleasant is not serious either. The new Corona Virus (Covid 19) has generated a lot of publicity and it is correct to say that we are still learning about it. Although it remains a member of a family of viruses which typically have not caused major problems to most who contracted them.

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Diabetes

There are two types of diabetes and they broadly divide insulin requiring (Type 1)  and non-insulin requiring (Type 2). This is not absolute as some people who do not need insulin at the start, may go on to do so.

 

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Teenage Acne

Under hormonal influence (mainly testosterone) sebaceous glands in the skin produce excess oil. This can block the pores allowing bacteria to multiply leading to acne. Most common in teenage years, it also affects adults. Males are most prone as are those with naturally oily skin and there are genetic tendencies.

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Checking for Head Lice – Signs and Symptoms

Most parents have experienced the note or email from the school saying head lice has been found. But should we really be concerned?

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Flu Vaccinations

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Brook Medical Centre are now taking bookings for your annual Flu Vaccination, which are bulk billed consultations.

FLU SEASON is generally July – August , so no need to rush. Indeed you have better immunity if you have the immunisation late April during consultations if available or May in our Flu Clinics.

We need to start with immunising the most vulnerable – patients over 75 years especially, so that is particularly the focus with the first immunisations planned. Later in May & June is still advised for most patients.

We are pleased in 2020 to be able to immunise with more effective vaccines. 

The changes,

  • Free Vaccine for children from 6 months of age to 4 years of age
  • 5 different age- specific influenza vaccines. 

This  vaccine  will cost $20 if you are not eligible under the National Influenza Vaccination program. This  can be paid upon arrival for your appointment, as we stock this and almost all  travel vaccines here at Brook Medical Centre.

Free influenza vaccine 

Under the National Influenza Vaccination Program, free seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available for the following people:

  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 4 years
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • Children aged between 6 months and four years old.
  • people aged 5 years and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza,(and you may wish to discuss with your regular GP if your medical condition is covered)

 

Chronic conditions include :

  • Cardiac disease,  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 .

 

Please contact us to book an appointment in one of our Doctors

 

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Child Immunisation Clinics

We have been getting some enquiries as to whether our Child Immunisation clinics are still being held during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

We are still running our immunisation clinics Tuesday to Friday between 11am and 12pm.

The Immunisation Clinic will be held in a separate waiting room, and parents are welcome to wait inside, outside or in the car with their children until the Doctor is ready to see them.

It is imperative to keep the Child Immunisation Schedule even during this pandemic.

By getting your child immunised, you’re not only protecting them, you’re also protecting other children too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Covid 19

BROOK Medical Centre practice manager Kristen Seymour is calling on local residents to remain calm – and heed professional advice – as the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) increases in the state.

Doctors and staff at the Muswellbrook facility, which recently welcomed four new registrars Tasha Sandhu, Mehedi Biplab, Omar Akram and Sione Akauolo, have reassured the community they are continually working to keep the surgery open.

Luckily, as of Tuesday morning (March 24), there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Upper Hunter.

“We are aware that these times are unusual for all of us,” Ms Seymour said.

“However, with the mainstream media and social media in overdrive at the moment, we need to let people know what we are doing regarding COVID-19 and what it means for the community.

“We’re practising ‘as normal’.

“So, it’s a good opportunity to [still] make an appointment.

“We’ve also implemented a number of necessary measures to keep everyone healthy and safe.”

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Coronavirus 2019

Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCOV):

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to an affected area or have had contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people.

Contact Muswellbrook Hospital Emergency department on 65422000 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

It is important to phone ahead so that the emergency department can make appropriate preparations and protect others.

When seeking medical care please wear a surgical mask (if Available) otherwise ask for one when you arrive.

Ways to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
  • people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds).

 

Click the link at the top of this page for current information on the virus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10000 Steps

To end our 10000 steps challenge this year some our staff are participating in the 10000 Steps (Virtual walk) East to West Coast Tournament.

We are stepping it up this time and have three teams entered in this tournament. Brook Medical 1, 2 and 3. This time we are competing against each other. It is pushing us to walk more, and this is beneficial for us all.

We have to walk 5,000,000 steps this time around.

Why 10000 Steps

The 2013 Australian Health Survey reports 60% of Australian adults did less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day. Adults who participated in a pedometer study recorded an average of 7,400 steps per day. Less than one in five adults (19%) recorded the recommended 10,000 steps per day on average which is needed to achieve health benefits.

If you see us out walking on our breaks, make sure you say hello!

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October – November 2019

Memory Loss

The prospect of memory loss is one of the major concerns of people who are getting older. The "good news" is that while the total number of people with dementia is increasing, the percentage of the population with dementia is declining.

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Vaccination In Children

Over the course of the 20th Century there was a steep decline in deaths from infectious disease. One of the main reasons for this has been the advent of vaccinations. In simplest terms, this involves exposing an individual to a protein (or other recognizable part) of a bacteria or virus and "tricking" the body into mounting an immune response. We know that once antibodies are produced on one exposure that we become immune to the particular bug. Thus, a vaccine allows us to develop immunity without actually contracting the illness.

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Fibroids

Benign muscle growths which form in the wall of the uterus are called fibroids or myomas. It is estimated that up to 80% of women over the age of 50 will have them but most will not have any symptoms or need treatment.

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Prostate Enlargement

The prostate glad sits beneath a man's bladder and produces semen fluid. It gets larger as men get older and some can experience side effects. benign, (non-cancerous) enlargement or hypertrophy of the prostate (BPH) is far more common than prostate cancer and, to some degree, affects all men as they age.

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Alcohol amd Drug Abuse

Alcohol is a major factor in many diseases, violence and family disruption. Illicit drugs also cause major problems but, despite headlines, on a smaller scale. Prescription drugs lead to more deaths each year than illicit drugs.

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