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Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

This morning the government has announced a funded program for Meningococcal vaccinations for children aged over 6 weeks, up to 21 years. This is for the

strains A,C,W,Y. This program is being initiated in Hobart and is  in it’s very early stages of being rolled out. Launceston and  Summerdale Medical  have not received the funded vaccines yet.

Delivery dates are determined by Public Health, therefore we are unable to advise our patients of a commencement date.

Please continue to check our news feed or phone the surgery between 9am-5pm weekdays after Wednesday 1st August. We are hopeful that by this date we will be able to provide our patients with more information.

Meningococcal B is still a private script and you will need a doctor’s appointment to get scripts and work out a vaccination schedule.

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Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

The Summerdale Medical Practice will be open on the Public Holiday Monday 11 June 2018. 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

The closing times may vary due to patient demand.

For urgent after hours attention, please call 1800 022 222

Thank you

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Kidney Awareness Week: 5th-11th March

 

This week is Kidney Awareness Week. One in three people in Australia are at increased risk of kidney disease, and even though 53 people die every day with this highly undiagnosed condition, most are tragically unaware they are affected until it’s too late. That’s why, this Kidney Health Week (5-11 March), we’re raising awareness of the alarming incidence of kidney disease. Did you know 90% of kidney function can be lost without experiencing any symptoms?

 

Kidney Health Australia have an online test to see if you are at risk of kidney failure or reduced kidney function. Any symptoms or concerns should be followed up with your doctor.

http://kidney.org.au/kidney-health-week

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The Summerdale Medical Practice would like to welcome our new doctors, Dr Verity Foulkes-Taylor, Dr Lovejoy Mudyara, Dr Adam Woodberry and Dr Catherine Woolley.

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National Skin Cancer Action Week 2017 (November 19-25)

Each year the Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together to make people more aware of the dangers of skin cancer.

With 2 in 3 Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, this week is to remind people of the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection.

Today’s children have grown up with the Sun Smart message and are our most sun savvy generation ever. Parents understand the importance of protecting their little one’s skin with rashies, hats, sunglasses, shade and sunscreen. However, it’s important that adults protect their own skin too. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and parents play an important role in setting a good example for their kids.

Most skin cancers can be prevented with the use of the five forms of sun protection. These are:

  • Slip on sun-protactive clothing
  • Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on sunglasses

These 5 simple steps reduce the risk of cancer. Regular skin checks by your GP will lead to early detection and treatment of skin cancers.

Summerdale Medical Practice is now running a special “Skin Check Clinic” on a weekly basis. This special clinic focuses on monitoring skin blemishes, identifying potentially worrying skin spots and other skin problems.

To make an appointment in the Skin Clinic, contact the Summerdale Medical Reception on (03) 6344 7177.

For more information, check out the Cancer Council’s web page at: http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/campaigns-and-events/national-skin-cancer-action-week.html

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017)

This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017). This week aims to make the world aware of one of the biggest threats to global health today. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is trying to teach people on the importance of antibiotic resistance and what we can do to help.

Antibiotic resistance does not discriminate, it can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is being accelerated by the misuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals.

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, individuals can:

  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
  • Never demand antibiotics if your doctor says you don’t need them.
  • Always follow your doctors’ advice when using antibiotics.
  • Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
  • Prevent infections by:
    • regularly washing hands,
    • Preparing food hygienically
    • Avoiding close contact with sick people
    • Practising safer sex
    • Keeping vaccinations up to date

    For further information on how to help prevent antibiotic resistance, please visit the World Health Organisation at:
    http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/

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