2024 Flu Clinic

Flu clinics will commence on the 16th of April and bookings are now open.

 

We will have both government supplied and private vaccines for those aged 5-64 who are not eligible for the funded vaccine.

 

Private Vaccines are $20.

 

Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded under the National Immunisation Program for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:
    • cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), severe asthma (for which frequent medical consultations or the use of multiple medications is required), cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and chronic emphysema
    • chronic neurological conditions, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system (CNS) diseases (including multiple sclerosis), neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injuries and seizure disorders
    • immunocompromising conditions, including immunocompromised due to disease or treatment (e.g. malignancy, transplantation and/or chronic steroid use), asplenia or splenic dysfunction and HIV infection
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders, including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and chronic metabolic disorders
    • chronic renal failure
    • haemoglobinopathies
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 65 years and over (a vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).

 

 

Please call 65431222 to book an appointment or book via Hotdocs

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Newsletter – April – May Edition

Heartburn

This is a burning pain in the chest or upper abdomen caused by acid "leaking" from the stomach into the oesophagus. It is also known as reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

 

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Sleep

It is estimated that at the turn of the 20th century, the average person slept for nine hours each night. By the turn of the 21st century. this has shrunk to seven and a half hours.

 

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Diabetes – differences between Type 1 and Type 2

There are two types of diabetes, broadly divided into 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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Managing Sun Damaged Skin

After summer is a good time to have a skin check. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

 

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Checking for Headlice – signs and symptoms

Lice are annoying but not serious. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that are common in school-age children but can potentially affect anyone.

 

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Recipe for this edition

Caramelised Onion Tart

 

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Easter Break

The Partners and Staff at Brook Medical Centre wish you all an egg-cellent Easter!!

We will re open Tuesday at 8:30am for appointments and enquiries.

 

 

 

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We Welcome Dr Dmitry Samokhin

Dr Dmitry Samokhin is final year ACRRM GP registrar.

He works as a GP anaesthetist at The Maitland Hospital and is joining us at Brook Medical Centre.

Dr Samokhin obtained a Graduate Diploma in Child Health by The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and also has National Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health by Family Planning Alliance Australia.

Dr Samokhin  has special interest in non-opioid pain management and men’s health.

Outside of the medical practice Dr Samokhin enjoys spending time with family, motorcycle riding and target shooting.

Dr Samokhin will be working at Brook Medical Centre 3 days a week.

For an appointment with Dr Samokhin call 65431222 or book online via Hotdocs.

 

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The Bone Bus

The Bone Bus will be back at Brook Medical Centre on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of May.

Book an appointment with your GP for a referral to get a complete report from MeasureUp focusing on specific health markers and your body composition, helping you to stay healthier.

 

 

 

 

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We welcome Dr Thomas

Dr Thomas first sparked an interest in General Practice during medical school, where he found particular satisfaction in preventative and lifestyle medicine.

Dr Thomas also has a particular interest in Ear, Nose and Throat medicine.

Outside of hospital he enjoys both watching and playing football, as well as a general interest in most Australian sports.

Dr Thomas is available for appointments four days a week. Call 65431222 for an appointment or book via HotDocs

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We welcome Dr Leandra Griffiths

Dr Griffiths loves caring for people of all ages and backgrounds, being a doctor is her way of serving her community.

She has a special interest in women’s health, including pregnancy and post-partum care.

Dr Griffiths is also passionate about preventative medicine and encouraging patients to be their best selves.

In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family in nature, especially at the beach.

Dr Griffiths will be available for appointments four days a week.

Call Brook Medical on 65431222 to book an appointment or book via Hotdocs

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Welcome Jake

Today we welcome Jake to our Team.

Jake spent some time with us last year for High School work experience.

Today, Jake starts his first official job in reception, his entry to working life. He is a whiz on the computer and now a valued member of our team.

Jake will be working with us every second  Thursday.

Welcome to Brook Medical Centre Jake.

 

 

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We welcome Dr Ashish Paul

We are happy to welcome Dr Ashish Kumar Paul to Brook Medical Centre.

Dr Ashish Paul completed his MBBS degree in 2013. Subsequently, he undertook the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, completing them by 2020 to commence medical practice in Australia. Throughout his career, he has gained invaluable experience working in six different major metropolitan hospitals across the country, allowing him to develop a diverse skill set and a deep understanding of various medical practices.

Dr Ashish Paul has a particular interest in minor surgery and handling related emergency cases, where he is committed to providing the highest standard of care to his patients.

Playing cricket, Gardening, fishing and spending time with his family –  he enjoys most.

Dr Ashish Paul will be available for appointments four days a week.

Call Brook Medical on 65431222 to book an appointment or book via HotDocs

 

 

 

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Dr Ismat Emu

We are happy to welcome back Dr Ismat.

Dr Ismat has been working as GP register for last 2 years in Hunter region and was working here at Brook Medical in 2022.

Before that she had worked 4 years in multiple hospitals, where she has worked in emergency department, geriatric medicine, mental health,  paediatric, hematology & general medicine.

Dr Ismat’s areas of interest in medicine are women’s health, mental health,  children’s health and managing chronic diseases.

When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her children.

She will be working Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, phone 65431222 or book online via Hotdocs.

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