Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Visiting your GP at Mandurah Medical:

😷If you have an acute respiratory infection (cough/ shortness of breath) &/or fever AND

😷Have travelled interstate OR

😷Have had known contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

YOU MUST PHONE US ON 9535 4644 PRIOR TO MAKING YOUR APPOINTMENT & FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES FROM RECEPTION STAFF.

👉This protocol is in place to help prevent further spread of infection.

PATIENT COVID-19 ADVICE:

SYMPTOMS: If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • gastroenteritis
  • loss of smell & taste

If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using this link: Health Direct’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.      

For more information on symptoms, please visit this link: Australian Government Dept of Health page

How to SELF-ISOLATE: (to prevent possible spread of virus’ to other people)

Staying home means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home
  • do not need to wear a mask in your home, but do wear one if you have to go out (for example to seek medical attention)
  • should stay in touch by phone and online with your family and friends
Source: How to Self-Isolate

COVID-19 Clinics:

👉 Who should attend the COVID Clinics?

Any person (including children) will be eligible for testing if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • presenting with a fever (≥37.5°C) OR
  • a recent history of a fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR
  • an acute respiratory infection e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat OR
  • acute loss of smell or taste.

People who have been in New South Wales or Victoria within 14 days of arriving into WA (and are not in a State managed centre/hotel) must present for testing within 48 hours of arriving in WA as well as on day 11.

The clinics will provide support to people who have symptoms consistent with a potential diagnosis of COVID-19, such as fever or respiratory symptoms.

COVID Clinic Locations:

Metro – 8am to 8pm daily:

  • Armadale Health Service – Ground Floor, 3056 Albany Highway, Mount Nasura
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch – (Click here for more info)
  • Joondalup Hospital – Car Park P4, regents Park Road
  • Rockingham General Hospital – Elanora Drive, Cooloongup
  • Royal Perth Hospital – Ground Floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray St, Perth
  • St John of God Midland Hospital – Yelverton Drive, Midland
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands

Regional – 10am to 4pm daily:

  • Bunbury Health Campus – 30m left off the main entrance

 

Resources, further information and advice:

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH INFORMATION LINE: 1800 020 080 (Open 24/7) For translating or interpreting services, phone: 131 450 

For more information, please click on and read the COVID-19 clinics – frequently asked questions (PDF 278KB)

Travelling Info: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19

Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

FaceBook: Australian Government Department of Health 

Dept Of Health Info and Resources: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-resources

CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus2019-ncov/index.html


Mandurah Medical Centre offers a Women’s Health Clinic on a Wednesday afternoon with Dr Devine.

We are also running a Drop-In Baby Clinic with our Midwife/ Child Community Health Nurse Nikki

Feel free to drop in on Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm.

Why go to antenatal appointments? 

These appointments will allow Dr Devine and other people on your healthcare team to help both you and your baby stay healthy. Even if you are feeling well, antenatal clinics are important for you to attend so that any potential risks can be identified and prevented, or reduced. 

Make sure you ask any questions you have about your pregnancy such as what’s happens during each trimester, physical pregnancy issues, birth itself, caring for your baby after the birth and vaccines. 

Dr Devine also provides education and insight with your lifestyle, ranging from mental health or nutrition advice to help quit smoking or drinking alcohol. You can discuss any problems you may be having at home. 

For more information, “drop in” Wednesday afternoon or to make an appointment, please phone the Practice on 9535 4644.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Helping you to prevent your next fall…..

As we get older, our bodies become a little less steady and falls can become more common. In Western Australia, it’s reported that someone is admitted to hospital every 20mins for a falls injury.
Physiotherapy can help to reduce your risk of falling with a tailored strength and balance program.

If you resonate with any of the below questions, please consider speaking with our team about a falls risk assessment with our on-site physiotherapist.
1. Have you already celebrated your 65th birthday?
2. Have you had a fall in the last 12 months?
3. Have you noticed any changes in your mobility and/or balance?
4. Is it easier for you to get assistance with things like housework, laundry, cooking and shopping?
5. Are you taking three or more medications?
6. Do you have a chronic health condition such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease, or Parkinson’s disease?
7. Do you experience dizziness?

Falls can be prevented.

If you’re interested to learn more, please give us a call on 08 9538 4644 and ask to speak to Caitlin, our on-site Physiotherapist. Alternatively, you can make an appointment online at www.lifecare.com.au/mandurah


LIFECARE
MANDURAH

P: (08) 9538 4644
F: (08) 9200 5702
E: MANDURAH@LIFECARE.COM.AU

A: MANDURAH MEDICAL, 265 PINJARRA RD, MANDURAH, WA, 6210

Lifecare Mandurah / ABN: 52 400 799 047


To our patients and the surrounding community…
👉You may be aware about the increase in measles cases currently reported through the media.
 
🥵Symptoms of the measles include: Fever + rash OR fever + red eyes + cough/runny nose.
 
😷If you have these symptoms or wish to see your GP, please advise reception upon booking your appointment.
😷Upon entry to the Practice – please go straight to the measles station at the main entrance. Immediately put on a mask & use the sanitiser available. Then go straight to reception who will direct you to an isolated room.
👉This protocol is in place to help prevent further outbreak of the Measles Virus
 
The Department of Health recommends the Measles Immunisation for:
✔️Children aged 12 months and 18 months
✔️Children aged 6 months to 12 months who are travelling to an area where measles is common or an outbreak is occurring. Children vaccinated prior to 12 months of age will still require 2 further doses
✔️Anyone born during or since 1966 who has not had 2 doses of the measles vaccine. People born between 1966 and 1994 may have only received one dose of measles vaccine in childhood
✔️Healthcare workers, if they have not had 2 doses of the measles vaccine
✔️People working in early childhood education and care, if they have not had 2 doses of the vaccine
✔️People working in long-term care or other residential facilities, if they have not had 2 doses of the vaccine
✔️People who are travelling overseas, if they have not had 2 doses of the vaccine.
Further information can be found here:Department Of Health webpage and at Healthy WA webpage

We warmly welcome Caitlin McDonald to the Mandurah Medical Team!! 

Caitlin is joining us on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s to assist clients in the Mandurah Community requiring Physiotherapy needs. Clients can book in to see Caitlin privately, with an EPC referral or if you are a DVA Gold card holder. If you have Private Health with Physiotherapy selected as an essential – HICAPS rebates are available on the day.

Caitlin completed the Master of Physiotherapy (GEM) program at Curtin University. Caitlin has since worked for several years in the community with HomeCare Physiotherapy and is a Senior Physiotherapist and Mentor for new graduate physiotherapists.

She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is currently a Committee Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Branch of the Gerontological Group.

Caitlin’s experiences include working in the inpatient setting at St John of God, Murdoch, working with clients in acute and long term management of various conditions including orthopaedics, surgical, respiratory and cardiac patients and geriatric rehabilitation.

Her special interests include:

  • Gerontology, Neurology and Vestibular physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Screening
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Braces and Walking Aids
  • Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Falls Prevention
  • Clinical Exercise Sessions and Over 60’s Exercise
  • Home Visiting Physiotherapy

She strives to ensure that her patients achieve the highest level of functional independence that they can within their home and community. Caitlin has a passion for ongoing education and development, and has been involved in coordinating the professional development for the practitioners at HomeCare.

In her spare time Caitlin enjoys cooking and playing indoor beach volleyball! Caitlin represented the Mandurah Stingrays Club at the national titles in 2018 and is currently involved in state Super League for Port Kennedy!

For more information, click on LifeCare Mandurah to be taken to their webpage.

  Follow LifeCare Mandurah here: Caitlin McDonald

 To make a booking with Caitlin through HotDoc – follow the link here

Alternatively you can phone the Practice on 9535 4644 for any further enquiries.

Do you have any wound warning signs? Don’t ignore! Take advice today!

What is a wound?

A wound is any damage or break in the skin surface. Wounds can be accidental, surgical or because of an underlying disease such as diabetes or vascular disease. It also includes changes to the skin with aging.

What are chronic wounds?

Where acute wounds usually heal quickly without major complications, chronic wounds can take more than 3 months to heal or they are recurring. They can heal with proper treatment.

Wound Types:

SKIN TEAR

A skin tear is an acute wound caused by shear, friction or blunt force resulting in separation of the skin layers. They are a major type of acute wound in the ageing population and have a high risk of becoming chronic wounds. This is because as we age the skin becomes thinner, frailer and more prone to injury.

PRESSURE INJURIES

Including bed sores – they range drom small superficial owunds to large deep wounds.

DIABETIC RELATED FOOT DISEASE

A complication of Diabetes – if not treated, they can lead to amutation

LEG ULCERS

A wound between the knee and ankle joint. Healing process can be slow due to problems with veins within the leg.

BURNS

Burns are injuries to the skin or deeper tissues & can be caused by fire, hot objects, hot liquids, radiation eg; sunburn, electricity, extreme cold, lightning and some chemicals. They range in seveerity from first degree burns (affecting superficial skin layers) to fourth degree burns ( involving deeper tissue such as muscle & bone)

WHAT IS A BURULI ULCER

Buruli (also known in Australia as the Bairnsdale) ulcer is a skin disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It releases a toxin that destroys skin, blood vessels and underlying tissues leading to an open wound. Large ulcers can occur on the arms or legs.

SYMPTOMS OF BURULI ULCER: There are several ways a Buruli Ulcer can present itself. It can start as a spot that appears like a mosquito or spider bite (generally on the arms or legs). It then increases in size over days and weeks sometimes forming a crusty, non-healing scab. The scab then turns into an ulcer that grows in size.

PREVENTION OF BURULI ULCER: Although the exact cause of infection in people is not known, it makes sense to protect yourself from potential sources of infection such as soil and insect bites by: Wear gardening gloves, long-sleeved shirts and trousers when working outdoors Avoid insect bites by using suitable insect repellents Protect cuts or abrasions with sticking plasters Promptly wash and cover any scratches or cuts you receive while working outdoors See your doctor if you have a slow-healing skin lesion

Signs of a wound not healing:

  • the area around the wound is swollen, red, hot & painful
  • Fluid from the wound is discoloured, thick or excessive
  • the wound has not decreased in size over 4-6 weeks
  • the wound bleeds regularly &/or becomes black or yellow

SEEKING HELP:

Please speak to your GP if you have any queries regarding a wound that is not healing. Phone the Practice on 9535 4644 to make an appointment.

Information referenced from: http://www.woundaware.com.au/

Just Because It’s Autumn – Doesn’t Mean You Stop Checking Your Spots!!

Autumn is the ideal time of year to get your skin checked. The UV levels are slightly lower and for some, less time is spent outdoors. We still need to reapply sunscreen (at least 30+) to exposed areas such as your face, hands, lips and ears.

If you do notice a spot on your skin looking different from the others, or its changing in size, bleeding or itching… it should be examined by your GP.

Please phone the Practice on 9535 4644 or book online here for a Skin Check appointment.

 

If you are aged between 70-79 years old – you are eligible for a free Zoster Vaccine!

Why do I need this? What does the vaccine protect me from?

Shingles can have serious complications, especially older Australians

The risk of shingles increases with age. It can strike at any time. People over the age of 60 are especially more prone to this virus. The Varicella Zoster Virus (the same virus as chickenpox) lays dormant in the nerves & can activate at any time… causing SHINGLES.

At present, there is no way to predict its occurrence, severity & length of healing time.

The pain from this virus can be described as excruciating, burning, throbbing and stabbing which can affect your everyday life and sleep patterns. There is currently no cure for this virus.

For more information on government funded prevention and treatments options, please phone the Practice on 9535 4644 to book an appointment with your GP or book online here.

 

Helpful Webpages & Support Services:

http://www.shingles.com.au/

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/shingles

Has your child been diagnosed with Asthma? Are they heading back to school? 

Do they have an up to date Asthma Action Plan so the school staff are aware of what to do in an emergency?

 At Mandurah Medical Centre, we can help!

Together our Practice Nurses and GP’s can provide an individualised Asthma Action Plan & education for you and your child’s condition.

 You can use the information & education provided during the GP consult to talk with your child’s teacher and school regarding their condition and management. Also provide them a copy of the Asthma Action Plan.

 Providing the school with additional medication/ reliever and spacer will also assist in case of Asthma flare-ups. (see your Pharmacist)

  Book your child in with our GP’s to discuss their current and future Asthma needs.

 To make an appointment, please phone 9535 4644 or email reception@mandurahmedical.com.au

 

Helpful Webpages & Support Services:

  • Manage my Asthma Kids Club Website: www.managemyasthma.com.au
  • 1800 ASTHMA Helpline is a free and confidential information and support telephone service for anyone with questions or concerns about asthma.
  • https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/

 

ARE YOU BETWEEN THE AGES OF 45 – 49 YEARS?

Mandurah Medical is offering our patients aged between 45 – 49 years a free Health Check through our Better Health Program.

This health check is designed to assist with early prevention and intervention of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease & other chronic illnesses.

The appointment will consist of:-

  • Medical History update
  • Results of Cholesterol, fasting Glucose & other requested bloods
  • ECG & Blood Pressure
  • COPD Risk Assessment
  • Review & recommendations by your GP
  • Advise, education & information

If you would like to book in for this FREE service, please either speak to one of our receptionists or contact the surgery on 9535 4644 or email reception@mandurahmedical.com.au

To arrange a Blood Pathology collection form (which must be completed prior to your appointment) please speak to reception when you book in for your Health Check.

 WHAT’S INVOLVED???

This service is offered by Mandurah Medical Centre to our patients who are over 75 years and above in age.

The Health Assessment is part of a nationwide initiative by family doctors and the government to improve the health care available to people who are aged or have chronic conditions.

The aim is to improve our patient’s quality of life with more efficient care, more appropriate use of medications and support services & to identify any health needs you may have at the time.

Booked through our “Better Health Program” –  your nurse and GP will look at your lifestyle, medical and family history, investigate any health risk factors and take action if necessary.

The Health Assessment involves:

  • Medical and family history update
  • Results of Pathology tests
  • ECG and Blood Pressure measurements
  • GP consult and review
  • Information/ Education and advice

Please allow up to 1 hour for this appointment

This appointment is Bulk Billed by Medicare (no out of pocket expenses on the day)

To book this appointment, please contact the practice on 9535 4644 or email reception@mandurahmedical.com.au & advise the receptionist this booking is for a Health Assessment.

On the day of your appointment, please bring with you:

    • a urine sample
    • your driving glasses (if you wear them)
    • your hearing aids (if you wear them)