Doctors and Staff at Brook Medical Centre are now Fully Vaccinated against Covid 19

WE HAVE ALL BEEN FULLY VACCINATED WITH AstraZeneca to protect ourselves and OUR COMMUNITY.   Time to roll up your sleeves and join us!

You can feel assured that vaccination is safe and the only effective way to help stop the spread and severity of Covid 19.

Brook Medical Centre is able to offer both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccinations, for those eligible, via an appointment.

  • AstraZeneca is now readily available for people aged 18 to 40 years, who make an informed choice and are aware of the ATAGI recommendation.

 

  • AstraZeneca is also is available and encouraged for people aged over 60 years.

 

Please call or visit our friendly staff to make a booking for one of our AstraZeneca Clinics.

 

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We are now taking bookings for the Pfizer and Astra Zenica Vaccinations

Our supply of the Pfizer Vaccine has arrived and we can now take bookings for eligible patients; aged between  40 years to < 60 year, and patients from 16 – <60 years who are eligible, which includes health workers, disability workers, NDIS patients & their carers and aboriginal patients.

Prior to booking an appointment in the Pfizer Clinic, you must check your eligibility for this vaccine.

If you are not eligible to receive the Pfizer Vaccine you cannot be given it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are still taking bookings for the Astra Zenica Vaccine which is available for all patients aged from 18 years and all patients over 60 years. It is important to have your second dose to achieve full immunity.

 

Vaccination is according to the current ATAGI medical advice and health department regulations. We are therefore not allowed to give patients the vaccine not advised for their age group.

ATAGI Medical Advice

 

COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

 

 

 

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Mask required upon Entry

By now we are all aware of the current Covid 19 infection in Sydney and the Central Coast. As of Saturday 26th of June 2021 the NSW Government issued new rules to keep us safe.

One of those new rules is to wear a mask

It is now a condition of entry to wear a mask upon entry to Brook Medical Centre.

It may not be suitable for some people with a disability to wear a face mask. If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you may wish to ask your registered health practitioner or disability care provider to issue a letter confirming this.

When you wear a mask you must make sure that it is covering both your nose and your mouth.

We appreciate that wearing a mask can be uncomfortable but we must wear one not only to protect ourselves, but those most vulnerable in our community.

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Covid Vaccination for patients 16 years and over

The Pfizer vaccine for eligible patients; those aged from 16 years to < 60 years,  will be available from mid July at Brook Medical Centre. We will open bookings for these vaccines in a couple of weeks.

AstraZeneca vaccine continues to be available and is the vaccine for those who have already had their first vaccination; from 18 yrs of age, and all patients 60 years and older.
It is important to have the second dose to achieve full immunity.

Vaccination is according to the current ATAGI medical advice and health department regulations. We are therefore not allowed to give patients the vaccine not advised for their age group.

ATAGI Medical Advice

 

COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (COMIRNATY) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination – Weighing up the potential benefits against risk of harm from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

 

 

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Newsletter June – July 2021

Covid Vaccination

As you read this, the Covid Vaccination roll out will be well underway.

Phase 1a started first and included aged care residents and staff, quarantine and border force workers and certain frontline healthcare workers. This was estimated to be 1.4 million doses.

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Haemorrhoids

One of the most common health issues searched about on the internet is haemorrhoids.

It is estimated to affect 300,000 Australians each year. These are essentially a "varicose Vein" at the anus and can be internal (inside the rectum) or external. Risk factors related to pressure such as constipation or heavy lifting, sitting on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. There may be a genetic tendency.

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Tonsillitis

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Diagnosing and Treating Hypertension

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is estimated to affect nearly one-third of Australian Adults.

Risk factors include a positive family history , being male, older age, being overweight, consuming excess salt and insufficient exercise.

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Medical Cannabis

Since legalisation there have now been well in excess of 100,000 approval granted to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis in Australia.

Like all medications, it does not work for everyone. It is also not a cure for any medical condition. The largest number of approvals to prescribe have been for chronic pain. Other more common reasons include cancer symptoms (e.g. pain, nasuea and chacexia), insomnia, and Parkinson's.

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Covid Injections for Patients aged 60 years and over

We are happy to announce that we can now take booking for patients aged 60 years and over for the Covid Vaccine. We have received more vaccines and have been able to open more appointments. If you have already booked in advance for your injection but are keen to get it earlier, please contact us to bring your appointment forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid vaccination is important for the health of our community in 2021 , but we want to reassure our patients that there is no rush to receive your vaccine. We are pleased to have already immunised some of our most vulnerable patients, Doctors, allied health and staff, with no problems.

 

Statement on Astrazenica Vaccine

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Covid Clinics

Covid vaccination is important for the health of our community in 2021 , but we want to reassure our patients that there is no rush to receive your vaccine. We are pleased to have already immunised  some of our most vulnerable patients, Doctors, allied health and staff, with no problems.

 We are now taking bookings now for those that qualify for Phase 1B.

The Doctors at Brook Medical Centre have confidence in the Government’s policy and vaccine distribution. We have expected some initial problems with supply locally.

Our Doctors want to reassure our community that we are currently safe with no community spread of Covid locally.

Here at Brook Medical Centre we will continue  to provide you with the most up to date information and advice.

 

Priority groups in Phase 1B include:

 

  • elderly adults aged 70 years and over
  • health care workers not vaccinated in Phase 1A
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55
  • adults with a specified medical condition
  • adults with a severe disability who have a specified underlying medical condition
  • critical and high risk workers including Defence, Police, Fire, Emergency Services and Meat Processing.

Australia has a world class manufacturing facility right here at home, putting us in a very strong position to supply vaccines when and where they are needed. Our contract with CSL for 50 million doses means we do not need to rely on overseas supply to ensure all Australians who want a vaccine, can be vaccinated.

 

Australia has very successfully suppressed this highly infectious disease and it is really important that all Australians come forward and get the vaccine when it is their turn to do so.

 

There will be an eligibility declaration form to be completed on arrival.

If you are not eligible or cannot demonstrate your eligibility when you arrive for your vaccination, you may be asked to leave. It is important for everyone to have their vaccination done in the appropriate Vaccine Phase roll out so that the most at risk in our community are protected first.

 

 

 

Click here to check your eligibility

Please help your elderly family members, (or those without access to a computer) with the online eligibility checker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are having the both the Flu and Covid Vaccination, please be advised that you must wait two weeks before or after your flu shot to have your Covid Vaccination. Please speak to our staff on the phone about any concerns you may have regarding this.

After your first Covid Vaccination you will be required to wait in the Surgery for 15 minutes for monitoring.

Your second Covid Vaccination will be booked in approximately three months after your first.

The completion of your Covid Vaccination will be recorded on your medical record and your My Health Record.

ATAGI Statement on Astra Zenica Vaccine

Please call 65431222 to book an appointment for your vaccine if you are eligible.

 

 

 

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Influenza and Covid 19 Immunisations

Flu Immunisation clinics will commence in April, with bookings open now.

We 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 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 (including Aboriginal and medically at risk)
  • 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 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 haemoglobinopathiechronic 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
      • pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
      • people aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).

 


Brook Medical Centre will also be doing COVID 19 vaccination, as part of the 1b vaccine rollout.

Appointments for Phase 1B COVID vaccination can now be taken.

Further details can be found on Government website:
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/covid-19-vaccination-nsw

We have no control over the number of COVID 19 vaccines we will receive and so it is vital we ensure the most vulnerable are immunised first, not just the ones eligible in group 1b.

We have been allocated only a minimal supply initially. Immunisation is NOT compulsory for anyone.

The  government health department guidance specifically states you are at highest  risk if you:

  • Have had an organ transplant and are on immune suppressive therapy
  • Have had a bone marrow transplant in the past 2 years
  • Are on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
  • Have had blood cancer, in the  past 5 years, including leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

 

It is important we continue to provide routine GP care & emergency care to our patients during this time to help you achieve optimal health.

 

Public health precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 must still be adhered to, even when you are immunised.

 

This includes:

stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people

wash your hands frequented with soap and water or hand sanitiser,

& have a COVID-19 test if unwell with cold or flu like symptoms.

More Information about Covid 19 Vaccines

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February – March 2021

Positive Attitude

We all see the world through our own eyes, which is why the adage about the half-glass full is apt. The difference is not the amount of water in the glass but the way we see it.

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Schoolyard Bullying

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Endometriosis

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What is “normal” puberty

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Cataracts

This is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss worldwide. cataracts occur when the lens of the eye goes cloudy or opaque. Around 10% of Australians have cataracts increasing from 4% of 50-59 year old's to over 60% of 90 year old's.

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