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at the Summerdale Medical Practice in the bathrooms
on 25
th September 2019. We would love to return them to their owner.
Could the owner please call us on 6344 7177 and
identify them so we can return them to you?

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Dr John Hughes

The time has finally come for me to retire from General Practice. I have been at Summerdale Medical for nearly 35 years.

I will be retiring from the medical practice at the end of October 2019 with mixed emotions. I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to have had such a great working life at Summerdale Medical, and to have shared so many of your lives, in both good and difficult times. I will miss many aspects of day to day clinical practice.

I leave the practice in excellent hands. There is no specified doctor taking over my patients, however all of our doctors are more than happy to take over your care. Some of these you will already know and I have been able to discuss this with many of you.

With many thanks to all of you who have been my patients, and my best wishes for the future

– Dr John Hughes

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Happy days!!!

We are excited to announce that our phones are finally fixed. We look forward
to answering your phone calls on our usual phone number:

6344 7177

Thanks to our wonderful patients for being so patient during this extremely frustrating period.

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Summerdale Medical is currently experiencing technical issues with our phones.

We have a temporary phone number
until the issue is sorted.

PH: 6333 8832

Our patients are still able to book online for appointments

Please keep checking both our website and Facebook pages for updates.

A huge thank you to our patients for their patience.


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The Compass Trial for Cervical Cancer Screening

 Are you a woman aged 25-38 years?

Summerdale Medical is taking part in the Compass trial for cervical cancer screening. The Compass trial is comparing the Pap Smear with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test to determine which is most effective at preventing cervical cancer. This will ultimately improve cervical screening programs for women globally.

Compass’ Cervical Screening Trial is the largest clinical trial ever in Australia.

It is only recently that the trial has become available for Northern Tasmanian women to participate. Summerdale Medical (alongside other local medical practices) are helping Compass find an additional 7000 women aged 25-38 years before the 30th of November to take part in the trial.

When asked about the Compass trial, Dr Natasha Vavrek said [that] “The trial could influence the outcomes of women all over the world. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Since 1991 when the National Cervical Screening Program begun, the amount of Australian women who have died from cervical cancer has halved.

Dr Natasha Vavrek, Dr Diane Hintum, Dr Tricia Siu and Dr Karinna Fyfe are all taking part in the trial here at the Practice. So if you are a women aged 25-38 years and are interested in participating, please let reception staff know, when booking your next well woman’s check

For more information about the Compass trial, click HERE or call: 1800 635 611

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Retirement Announcement

It is with much sadness but warm wishes that Summerdale Medical Practice announces the retirement of Dr Julie Ostberg.

Dr Ostberg was a highly valued member of the Summerdale team for over 35 years and will certainly be missed.

We wish to invite all her regular patients to continue on at the practice. There is no specified doctor taking on Dr Ostberg’s patients, however all of our doctors are more than happy to take over your care and we ask that you make appointments with the GP with whom you feel most comfortable.

Please speak to reception if you have any queries or questions about the doctors available.

Thank you,

The Partners of Summerdale Medical Practice.

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