GLOUCESTER AND STROUD MEDICO

 PRACTICE NEWS

June 11th, 2020

FEES FOR PRESCRIPTIONS & REFERRALS

As confidence in our ability to contain coronavirus increases, we will resume our previous practice of charging for prescriptions and referrals requested outside of a consultation. These will be provided when clinically appropriate, by your regular doctor, at their next available time. PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST A WEEK. If your regular doctor is not available, you will require a consultation. Practice policy remains that prescriptions for opiate and other restricted medications require a consultation. Short consultations for prescriptions - in person or by telephone continue to be offered, and will be bulk billed.


June 11th, 2020

FEES FOR CONSULTATIONS

We will cease universal bulk billing from July 1st, 2020. If you do not have a pension or health care card, but are experiencing financial hardship, please discuss with your doctor. WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO FEEL THEY CAN”T AFFORD TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE. 


May 17th, 2020

DOCTORS WANTED

We have a vacancy for 1 or 2 GP’s beginning August 2020. Specialist GP’s ideal, but we can also train motivated doctors towards specialisation. Modern facility, hospital VMO rights optional, competitive remuneration package. 

Enquiries to Mrs R Blanch or Dr M Hogg 6558 1604.

May 15th, 2020

RESTRICTIONS RELAXED, BUT PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE

Today the government has relaxed restrictions, but the threat has not gone. It is up to us to take responsibility for our actions, and maintain social distancing. Download the COVID app, wash your hands frequently, and don’t touch your face. If you develop respiratory symptoms, contact us IMMEDIATELY to arrange testing. We all need to do our part to keep COVID 19 contained. 


April 9th, 2020 - Gloucester & Stroud Rooms

DON’T PUT OFF SEEING YOUR DOCTOR

As Dr Bartone, president of the AMA warned this week:

“Every week in Australia, several tens of thousands of diagnoses around internal cancers, skin cancers, diabetes, new heart disease, are made,” Dr Bartone said.

“If Australians neglect their care during this time, all we are going to do is shift an enormous burden of care many, many months down the road – with worse outcomes, more complications, more morbidity, and indeed, many Australians will lose their life to preventable conditions.

“So, my message to Australians is: speak to your doctor, keep in touch and maintain your usual care. There's never been an easier time and a safer time to access the care face-to-face in a clinic. Clinics at the moment are responding enormously well to the telehealth initiatives. And consequently, there is a vast amount of work being done over the telephone or the video channels.”

April 7th, 2020 - Stroud Rooms

RESPIRATORY CLINIC OPERATIONAL

We have opened a dedicated area for assessing our patients with respiratory symptoms adjacent to the main building. This allows us to assess our patients in a dedicated area, whilst keeping infections out of our waiting area and general consulting rooms. Please telephone ahead if you have any respiratory symptoms. If you are consulting us for other non urgent reasons, it may be better to delay your consultation until you have recovered.


March 28, 2020 - Gloucester & Stroud Rooms

FACE TO FACE CONSULTATIONS STILL AVAILABLE

Our clinics are still open, and our doctors and nurses are still providing usual services, with a few minor exceptions (eg no spirometry). Because we have removed our respiratory patients from our waiting rooms, our clinics will be as safe as anywhere else in the community at the moment. More telehealth consultations will mean less people waiting in our waiting rooms. Please do not put off your health care needs because of fear of leaving your home. 


March 23, 2020 - Gloucester & Stroud Rooms

CONSULTATIONS WILL BE BULK BILLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

All Medicare eligible consultations will be Bulk Billed as a temporary measure from today.

This is in recognition of the economic hardship facing many in our community at this time. It also has a secondary benefit of reducing the need for handling money and eftpos machines. You will be verbally asked to give consent to the signing over of your Medicare entitlements for your consultation.


FEES FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS AND REFERRALS TO BE WAIVED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Again this is to reduce the risk of money handling to our staff and patients. Each request will be assessed and doctors reserve the right to insist on a consultation where clinically appropriate. In some circumstances this may be possible via Telehealth rather than in person.






March 23, 2020 

RESPIRATORY CLINIC - Gloucester Rooms

Patients with respiratory symptoms are being triaged by doctor over telehealth or telephone. Those who need to be seen are being consulted in our “Respiratory Clinic” (converted horse float) to the side of the medical centre. This is to try to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff, by reducing the risks of contagion in our main waiting and consulting areas. All patients are asked to ring ahead on 65581604 to make appropriate arrangements.