Pfizer Vaccines – Clinics on Hold

No further bookings can be taken for the Pfizer Vaccine at this stage, as we are booked until December.

When our vaccine supplies increase we will contact patients to bring their appointments forward and reopen bookings for patients eligible for this vaccine.

We have plentiful supply of Astra Zeneca Covid 19 vaccines, and encourage all patients aged 18 and over to consider this safe vaccine and get immunity to severe Covid 19 disease earlier.

 

 

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Muswellbrook in Lockdown as of 5pm Thursday 5th of August 2021

As of 5pm today Muswellbrook will be in lockdown for 7 days.
In order to keep you, our staff and our Doctors safe as of tomorrow, Friday 6th of August, up until Friday 20th of August, we ask that where possible, you change your appointment to a telephone consultation.
If you need to attend the surgery for medical attention, you are still welcome.
Please note that only one parent can attend per child, and only one carer where necessary.
Our Vaccination Clinics will still run as normal.
In case of emergency please contact Muswellbrook Hospital on 65431222 or 000.
If you are sick, please get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
Let’s do our part in keeping our community safe.
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Newsletter – August – September Edition

Febrile Fits

These are seizures in children (generally between six months and five years) due to rapid rise in temperature. Up to one in 20 children will have these. Whilst frightening to watch, they do not cause brain damage and are not a prelude to epilepsy.

 

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Male Hormone Deficiency

There is much controversy over low testosterone levels in men, also known as andropause or "male menopause". It is not clear cut, like in women where menopause is marked by the cessation of periods.

 

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Covid Vaccine Update

The vaccine rollout continues around the world at an unprecedented pace. There has been much publicity about potential side effects. there is a small (around 1 in 300,000) risk of blood clots. A joint statement by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ) focused on this.

 

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Iron Intake for Vegetarians

Iron deficiency is a potential problem for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

This is particularly the case for women whose daily iron requirements (especially in reproductive years) are greater than for men. Iron is essential for red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Iron deficiency leads to anaemia, which causes fatigue, headache and weakness.

 

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Common mistakes people make using an inhaler

Asthma affects up to one in five people throughout their life, and inhalers are mainstay of treatment. They are classified as symptom relievers (which are used as needed to relieve symptoms) and preventer inhalers (which are used on a regular basis to reduce symptoms and attacks).

 

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Looking After Your Mental Health During Covid 19

Looking after ourselves and our loved ones has never been more important than it is now. With most of Australia in and out of lock down and restrictions which can effect how we feel within ourselves.

The impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried.

 

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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.

PFIZER VACCINE – Updated eligibility :

If you are aged 16 to 39 years old you are eligible if you are a:

  • Quarantine and border worker
  • Aged and disability care worker
  • Disability care resident
  • Frontline healthcare worker
  • Other healthcare worker
  • Household contact of quarantine and border workers
  • Critical and high risk worker
  • Traveller with a travel exemption
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Person with an underlying medical condition

You are also eligible if you are pregnant

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.

 

 

What can you do in NSW

 

How to wear a mask

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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

The tonsils sit half way to the back of the throat and are part of the immune system, helping trap infections. They are particularly important to young children with less developed immune systems. Unless enlarged or infected we generally don't even know they are there.

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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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