Update for patients – 23 August 2021

The coronavirus vaccination program continues to evolve as supplies of Pfizer vaccines increase.

From 30th August 2021, all people from 16-59 are welcome to book for a Pfizer vaccination with a small number of children 12-15 and an even smaller number of adults 60 and over eligible as well. We continue to offer Astra Zeneca to all patients 18 and over and it continues to be the only choice for the vast majority of those over 60. Please see our home page for further information.

Please remember that your second dose is vital for best protection, and this must be with the same brand as your first dose.

We are currently booking Pfizer vaccinations into October but will continue to monitor our stock levels and as they increase, we will open up more appointments on our website.

As recent outbreaks have shown, our community’s safety is vulnerable. It is really important for all of us to be vigilant for symptoms and to be tested straight away. We continue to offer telehealth consultations for those with symptoms and can physically examine patients in our protected car park clinic. Please do not attend the clinic if you are unwell. It is vitally important that we keep other patients and our staff safe and ensure that Blackburn Clinic can remain open to serve you and others with all of your health needs.

As an essential business we remain open and able to provide all of our regular services. It is paramount that your regular checks and investigations continue.

On another note, we are pleased to announce that Blackburn Clinic has taken on the lease of the old pharmacy site. We plan to fit out these rooms over summer to allow for a further expansion of our capacity to serve our community.

Finally, a big thank you for all of your wonderful feedback and praise of our staff, our vaccine clinics and our service overall. We are greatly encouraged by your support, as we strive for our mission of delivering excellent healthcare.

Dr Peter Lovass
Managing Principal

Is it true? Your COVID-19 Vaccine questions answered.

It is important to rely on reputable sources of information to help you make informed choices and stay up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines.

With new vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. Sometimes it’s hard to tell misunderstandings or false information from the facts.

This Department of Health web page answers a range of questions including:

  • how long does it take to get immunity after vaccination?
  • will we need to get a booster shot each year?
  • does the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Vaccine cause blood clots?
  • can COVID-19 vaccines give you COVID?

Click the link below for the answers to a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine questions:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true?mc_cid=12d7ac1d6f&mc_eid=810527899a

Welcome Dr Yashar Zadeh

We are delighted to welcome Dr Yashar Zadeh to our team of doctors. Yashar grew up in Iran and became a Doctor of Medicine in 2002. Since moving to Australia in 2007 he has worked in several General Practices in Victoria. Yashar brings a wide range of experience, is compassionate and speaks fluent Farsi. Please view our Winter 2021 Newsletter to read our interview with Yashar.

Covid Vaccines for ages 50-69

We have special permission from the Department of Health, to start vaccinating our patients aged 50 and over against Covid -19.

If you are aged 50-69 you can book ONLINE (see instructions on our home page) to have your Covid vaccine at one of our weekend vaccine clinics. If you need a weekday appointment please phone the clinic instead.

If you have risk factors (listed on our home page) you will need an appointment with your GP first to discuss the risks before you book your Covid vaccination. If you don’t have risk factors just go ahead and book for the Covid vaccination.

COVID VACCINATIONS have begun!

We thought it fitting that our longest serving staff member be the first person vaccinated at Blackburn Clinic!  Maree and her team have worked tirelessly to prepare for our first mass Vaccination Clinics this Saturday and Sunday. A small number of COVID vaccines were administered during the week to ensure we have the protocol down pat. If you are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine under Phase 1b (see the Eligibility Checker link on the home page) then please book online for an appointment with a Covid Vaccinator (specific instructions on the home page). If you are a New patient please download a registration form (see the home page) and send it in so that we can enter you on our system and arrange an appointment for you.

COVID-19 Vaccination Start Date

We are excited to announce that we will START GIVING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS ON SATURDAY 27th MARCH 2021. Please refer to information on our Home page regarding how to book. Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations will initially only be available for weekends. This will enable us to separate the vaccination clinics from normal consulting in order to meet the stringent administration requirements associated with COVID-19 vaccines. We are extremely proud to be part of the first cohort of general practices around Australia that have been nominated to participate in the vaccine rollout.

Preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccination

How can I get a copy of my vaccination history?

What should I do if I’m sick on the day my vaccination is booked?

I’ve had another vaccine in the 14 days before my COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

When will I need the second dose?

What do I need to tell the immuniser and what do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

How long do I need to wait around after having the vaccine?

IF YOU ARE SEEKING ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE.

ONLINE BOOKINGS revert to FACE-TO-FACE

Due to increased demand for face-to-face appointments, all appointments booked online from 1 December 2020 will be face-to face.  Telehealth remains available where appropriate – patients should telephone the clinic to book telehealth appointments.

Our reception team has been inundated with phone calls from patients who want a face-to-face appointment, so we hope moving all online bookings back to face-to-face will help assist patients to make appointments. With different rules and protocols for each appointment type, as well as increased administration as a result of telehealth and continuing requirements to check whether patients have respiratory symptoms, the reception team is feeling the heat! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work hard to serve you. Feel free to give the reception team some socially distant encouragement to help them get through another day as a front-line healthcare worker.

 

Update for patients – 15 October 2020

It’s been really nice to see many of you again as we increase our face to face consulting when it is safe and suitable to do so.

We continue to practice in accordance with our Covid safe plan and continue to focus on screening questions, mask wearing, hand sanitising and social distancing. Thank you for continuing to answer the many questions from reception staff that ensure we screen each patient for symptoms with such good grace. Your cooperation has helped us keep our doors open. With persistent but low numbers of new cases, we simply have to push on with undertaking appropriate health checks in person whilst minimising risks of Covid. There still have not been any Covid positive patients inside our Practice.

Telehealth continues to be offered up until the end of March 2021. For patients without respiratory symptoms it is essentially your choice as to whether you have a phone consult or a face to face one. This will be determined by the nature of your concern. If the consultation can be performed over the phone, this is still the safest option. Your doctor will inform you if a face to face follow up consult is required.

From Monday 2nd November, the fees for Telehealth consults will change. After the Medicare rebate, the out of pocket cost will be $30, with concession patients being $15 out of pocket. Normal fees apply for face to face appointments.

Please ensure that your health concerns are being addressed. We are concerned about symptoms being ignored and preventative health activities (like skin cancer checks) being delayed. It is really important that we continue to provide you with the highest quality of health care whilst maintaining respect for the safety measures that are necessary due to Covid 19.

With best wishes,

Dr Peter Lovass

Managing Principal