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March 24, 2020 Health

Our respiratory clinic at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield has been set up by the federal government to take pressure off the local hospitals by treating mild-moderate respiratory illnesses and seeing anyone who requires COVID-19 testing.

Respiratory clinic opening hours: 8am-8pm, 7 days.

All patients that present to Health Hub Morayfield with a respiratory illness or those that have travelled overseas, been in contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case or require a COVID-19 diagnosis must be seen through our respiratory clinic.

If you require COVID-19 testing and meet the criteria, your doctor will organise for you to be tested for COVID-19 within our centre.


YOU WILL BE SEEN IN OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC IF:

You have an upper respiratory tract infection, fever or any of the symptoms listed below
sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose etc.

OR

Have travelled overseas, been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or require COVID-19 diagnosis


If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you will not be allowed to enter the building via the main entrance. The respiratory clinic entrance is located to the left of the main entrance.

Please note, we will only be treating respiratory illnesses in our respiratory clinic.

If your consult is regarding another concern and you have the above symptoms, you will be required to return home and re-book when you are well.

For urgent concerns, please discuss with our reception.

In our respiratory clinic, we want to ensure that you and our staff are fully protected. Please do not be alarmed that our staff will be wearing full personal protective equipment and you will be asked to wear a mask.


Book an appointment for our respiratory online or call us on 5322 4901.

 

 

 

 


PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL PATIENTS WILL BE CHECKED BEFORE THEY ENTER THE BUILDING

If you provide false information to a staff member or health professional in this facility, you may face criminal or civil prosecution. This includes information about the presence of respiratory symtoms and contact with COVID-19.

 

 



March 20, 2020 Health

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield will be running Telehealth consultations from Monday 23rd March.

Are you eligible for a bulk-billed telehealth consultation?

Patients eligible for a bulk-billed Telehealth consultation mean a person that:

  • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
  • Has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; or
  • Considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being:
    • at least 70 years old; or
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and at least 50 years old or over; or
    • pregnant; or
    • a parent of a child under 12 months; or
    • a person under treatment for chronic health conditions or who are immune compromised

If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, we will be offering a $75 private telehealth consultation.

Please call one of our friendly receptionists on 5322 4902 to organise a telehealth consultation.

 



March 16, 2020 Health

Your health is our priority

Please be advised that our practice and staff are taking every precaution possible in response to the evolving international health concern surrounding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


If you have an upper respiratory tract infection, fever or any of the symptoms listed below

sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose etc.

OR

Have travelled overseas, been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or require COVID-19 diagnosis

You will be seen in our respiratory clinic

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUILDING VIA THE MAIN ENTRANCE 

Or call the Respiratory Clinic on 5322 4901

Please note, we will only be treating respiratory illnesses in our respiratory clinic.

If your consult is regarding another concern and you have the above symptoms, you will be required to return home and re-book when you are well.

For urgent concerns, please discuss with our reception.

In our respiratory clinic, we want to ensure that you and our staff are fully protected. Please do not be alarmed that our staff will be wearing full personal protective equipment and you will be asked to wear a mask.

If you are intending to visit tenancies other than the General Practice and have respiratory symptoms, please call the number of the individual tenancy listed below.

X-Ray & Imaging: 5293 2525

USC Clinical Trials: 0423 735 723

ihear: 5428 1600

TerryWhite Chemmart: 5357 8766

QML Pathology: 0481 909 943

Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

Open Minds: 1300 69 6463

Blue Care: 5432 6900

1300SMILES: 5407 0154

Lives Lived Well: 1300 727 957

Carers QLD: 0419 834 004

Brain Treatment Centre: 1300 428 228

Peach Tree: 5322 4900

Philips Sleepeasy: 5322 4900

atWork Australia: 5322 4900

MyIVF: 5322 4900

Vision Australia: 5322 4900

Have you listened to Coronacast?

Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about COVID19.

This podcast breaks down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.

Listen to the podcast HERE



March 9, 2020 Health

Our Flu Immunisation Clinic will start on 23rd March.

Book your Flu Vaccine Now!

 

 

 

 

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield are running a Flu Immunsation Clinic and are providing $14.98 private flu vaccines for patients.

Appointments for the Flu Shot can be made online through our website, through the HotDoc App, in person at reception or by calling 07 5322 4900.

Free government flu vaccines for eligible patients will be available in April.

Please note, our Flu Immunisation Clinic will be consulting from TerryWhite Chemmart onsite. Please present to the pharmacy on arrival.

Below are some frequently asked questions about our Flu Immunisation Clinic to assist you.

What's Involved?

Appointments can be booked:

  • online through our website
  • through the HotDoc app
  • in person at reception
  • by calling 07 5322 4900.

After booking your appointment, please enter through the main reception and inform one of our friendly receptionists you’ve arrived for your flu vaccine. If it’s your first time at our Practice, it’s advised you arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of your appointment time to complete our new patient form. Once this is completed, please ask one of our receptionists to point you in the direction of our height, weight, and blood pressure machines which we ask you to use to help our doctors help you.

Your doctor will ask you about your vaccination history and allergies, and then transfer you to one of our nurses who will confirm your allergies again. This nurse will complete your vaccination form for you to hand to reception. The out-of-pocket cost will be $14.98. You must wait 15 minutes after the vaccination before leaving.

What is the Flu?

Influenza (or the flu) is a highly contagious, acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. The flu can spread from person to person by:

  • Droplets spreading from an infected person when they cough, sneeze or talk,
  • Touching surfaces contaminated by infected droplets (including hands, remote controls, phones, keyboards and door handles) and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Signs and Symptoms:

Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after becoming infected.

The symptoms of flu can include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • dry cough
  • headache
  • muscle and joint pain
  • tiredness or extreme exhaustion

In the elderly, fever may be absent and the only signs and symptoms of flu may be:

  • confusion
  • shortness of breath
  • worsening of a chronic condition

Why Vaccinate?

Annual vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and its complications. Vaccination is encouraged to protect family/friends with lowered immunity (babies, grandparents etc). The period where the flu is at its peak of circulation is around June to September, but it is never too late to vaccinate as it can potentially circulate all year round.

The vaccine does not contain live flu viruses and cannot cause flu. However, some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours as their immune system responds to the vaccine.

Are there side effects of the flu vaccine?

There are some very mild and short term common side effects associated with flu vaccination, normally lasting no more than 48 hours. These side effects may be more noticeable in children under five years of age. Side effects include:

  • Drowsiness or tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Localised pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Occasionally, an injection-site lump (nodule) that may last many weeks but needs no treatment
  • Low-grade temperature (fever)

Very rarely do more serious side effects can occur. These tend to be allergic (anaphylactic) reactions to components in the vaccine.

If you are concerned that your side effects are persisting for too long, or they increase in severity, or become concerning to you, please book an appointment or walk in and see one of our GP’s or, if required, call 000.

Who is entitled to received a free flu vaccine?

Please note, Government vaccines will be available at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield in April.

  • All children aged 6 months up to 5 years of age
  • Adults aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women during any trimester
  • People aged six months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza such as people who:
    • have heart disease; or
    • have lung disease or asthma; or
    • have another chronic illness, including diabetes and renal failure; or
    • have a chronic neurological condition, including multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders; or
    • have an immune compromising condition, including HIV infection; or are aged five to 10 years and are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, or are pregnant

If you meet any of the above criteria, please speak with one of our GP’s about vaccination under the National Immunisation Program.

When is flu vaccination not appropriate?

For some patients, vaccination may not be appropriate. People who this might apply to include;

  • Patients who currently have an illness resulting in a fever greater than or equal to 38.5oC
  • People with a lowered immunity caused by either a medical condition or medical treatment.
  • People who have had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis following a previous dose of the vaccine in question, or to a component of the vaccine.
  • Patient with a history of Guillian Barré syndrome
  • Patient with a bleeding disorder

Please discuss this with one of our GP’s if you are unsure as to whether the flu vaccine is appropriate for you.

Am I able to receive a statement of vaccination?

Upon request you will be provided with a statement that includes:

  • Name and date of birth
  • All vaccine details
  • Date and time of vaccination
  • General Practice information
  • Name of the nurse who administered the vaccination


December 22, 2019 Health

DAY 1

Routine blood pressure checks are important as they pick up changes to your blood pressure that can increase your risk of heart problems.

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems including heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney disease. The symptoms of high blood pressure are often non-existent so it is important to have this checked by your GP.

We have blood pressure machines in each waiting area so you can check your blood pressure while you are waiting for your appointment. Ask your GP for advice on your blood pressure reading.

DAY 2

When was the last time you had a skin check?

Having a regular skin check is important to detect skin cancer early. We encourage everyone to have an annual skin check unless you are a high risk patient. High risk patients include light coloured skin, history of melanomas or skin cancers, family history of skin cancer, older aged groups, high number of moles, previous sun damage, previous use of tanning beds, occupations which require a lot of sun exposure etc.

Routine skin checks should also be paired with using the five forms of sun protection to prevent your risk of skin cancer.

Read more about our skin check services at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield here: https://www.healthhubdoctorsmorayfield.com.au/…/skin-centre/

DAY 3

Regular cholesterol checks are recommended to reduce your risks of heart problems.

Increased cholesterol in the blood makes it harder for blood to flow through the body which can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Cholesterol is checked by having a blood test. Your GP will discuss your risk factors before referring you for a blood test. Your GP will then discuss your results and the best course of action with you.

High cholesterol can be managed by a change in diet, reduction in foods with saturated fats and regular cholesterol checks.

DAY 4

Cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer. This five-yearly test scans for HPV (human papillomavirus) which causes changes in cervical cells that can lead to cervical cancer. If you are between the ages of 25-74, cervical screening should take place two years after your last Pap test.

Book an appointment for your routine cervical screening test by calling us on 5322 4900.

Find out more about the National Cervical Screening Program here http://cervicalscreening.org.au/

DAY 5

There is no simple test to detect prostate cancer however, it is important to recognise changes and symptoms to ensure early detection.

Speak to your GP if you experience any symptoms or if you have a family history of prostate cancer.

Find some common symptoms of prostate cancer here
https://www.cancer.org.au/…/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer/

DAY 6

Breast cancer is the most common cancer that is diagnosed in Australian women. To ensure early detection of breast cancer, it is recommended that breast cancer screening is part of your health routine.

If you're approaching or over the age of 40 you should start thinking about regular breast cancer screening.
Be proactive and book in for a mammogram at X-Ray & Imaging Morayfield on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield.

For more information on breast cancer screening, please visit https://www.cancer.org.au/…/sc…/breast-cancer-screening.html

DAY 7

Heart health checkups are vital to manage your risk factors of heart disease. Your GP will discuss your risk factors with you and refer you to further testing if required.

Your GP may recommend changes to your lifestyle if you have a high risk of heart problems. This includes diet changes, increasing physical activity and reducing alcohol consumption.

Blue Care Live Well Centre, located on Level 1 of Health Hub Morayfield have allied health professionals including dieticians, that can assist you with these changes.

DAY 8

A bone density scan is used to diagnose Osteoporosis. This is a simple scan that measures the density of your bones and ensures that you can manage your bone health appropriately.

Your GP will review your risk factors for osteoporosis before referring you for a test. Visit X-Ray & Imaging Morayfield, located on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield, with your referral for a bone density scan.

Learn more about bone density scans here https://www.xrayimaging.com.au/bone-mineral-densitometry

DAY 9

A routine eye check should be apart of your annual health check. Your GP can perform basic vision tests, offer you advice and refer you to an optometrist if they are concerned that you have a vision problem.

Book an appointment with a GP at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield for a basic vision test.

DAY 10

A regular hearing check should become part of your routine health check. Early detection of hearing loss can help treatment be more successful.

Visit ihear Morayfield on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield today, to book in for a free hearing check.

DAY 11

Have you had your teeth checked lately?

Routine dental checks are important to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. It is recommended that everyone has a dental check-up every six months to reduce the risk of minor problems becoming dental emergencies.

1300SMILES Morayfield is located inside Health Hub Morayfield. Call them on 5407 0154 to book in for your routine dental check.

DAY 12

Assessing your emotional and mental wellbeing is just as important as assessing your physical health.

A conversation with a GP is a great place to start to discuss your mental health. Our GP’s will assess your mental health in a safe and supportive environment and can refer you to mental health services if required.

Open Minds Mental Health Hub are located on level 1 of Health Hub Morayfield and provide confidential counselling and psychological services for people of all ages, including children.



November 25, 2019 HealthServices

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield are now providing Q Fever testing and vaccines on Tuesday mornings.

Book your initial consultation with Dr Emma Scott by calling us on 5322 4900.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Q Fever?

Q fever is a severe, acute febrile illness, which is a major problem in Australia and around the world. It is spread from animals to humans and the infection is caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. Cattle, sheep and goats are the main reservoirs for infection in humans – although bandicoots, kangaroos and dogs also can be infected.

What are the symptoms of Q Fever?

Acute Q fever infection causes a fever and a severe illness with symptoms very similar to influenza infection. Serious cases may be associated with liver, heart, lung problems and meningitis. However, up to 60% of people who get infected with Q fever will have only very mild symptoms and may not even be aware they have had Q-fever. Most people will recover fully within 2 - 6 weeks but 10 - 30% of people may have long term complications such as post Q fever fatigue syndrome which can last for several years after the initial infection.

Who is at risk of Q Fever?

Q fever occurs primarily in workers from the livestock and meat industries and other occupations working closely with animals. However others in the general population may be infected through visits to high-risk areas or through proximity to infected animals or their contaminated products.

How do you test for Q Fever? What is the process of the testing/vaccine?

Testing for suspected Q fever infection is done by a blood test. A blood test and skin test is also needed prior to vaccination in order to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. If the vaccine is given to a person who has already had exposure to Q-fever then it can produce a very severe reaction with symptoms similar to acute Q-fever infection.

When you come to the clinic you will have a blood test and a skin test. After 1 week the results will be given and the vaccine administered if it is safe to do so. Your details can be added to the Q-fever register so that employers can see your vaccination status.

How long does the vaccine last? 

The vaccine can only be given once. It gives protection for at least 5 years but once a person has been vaccinated they can never be vaccinated again.

How much does it cost? Any bulk-billing available?

The initial visit for the skin test costs $110 and the follow up appointment costs $70.

The skin test and the blood test are paid for separately and cost approximately $40 (pharmacy fee) and $26 (pathology fee) respectively. If vaccination is recommended then the vaccine costs approximately $140 (pharmacy fee). The cost of Q-fever testing and vaccination is not covered by medicare but if done for the purposes of your employment then these costs may be tax deductible.

Learn more about Q Fever on the Worksafe website



November 20, 2019 HealthServices
Book a skin check at
Health Hub Doctors Morayfield below

Skin Cancer Action Week 2019 is 17th-23rd November. This week is a reminder of using sun protection and the importance of early skin cancer detection.

According to the Cancer Council, more thant 2,000 people die from skin cancer in Australia each year. This year, during National Skin Cancer Action Week, we recognise the importance of the five forms of sun protection: Slip on sun-protective clothing , Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.

It is also important to have regular skin checks to ensure early skin cancer detection.

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield offer BULK-BILLED skin checks

The skin cancer clinic at Health Hub Doctors offers one spot checks and complete body skin exams

One Spot Checks - Take the worry out of those new growing spots by booking a five-minute appointment for an expert opinion.

Complete Body Skin Exams - Our Doctors will analyse all of your skin and provide a comprehensive review of your skin cancer risks. These examinations can take between 20 and 40 minutes.

 

How often should you have a skin check?

It is important to have a regular skin check every 12 months unless you are a high-risk patient, in which case you should receive more frequent skin checks. High-risk patients include: light coloured skin, history of melanomas or skin cancers, family history of skin cancer, older aged groups, high number of moles, previous sun damage, previous use of tanning beds, or high sun exposure in occupations such as; tree loppers, roofers, landscapers, tradesmen, etc.

For more information on Skin Cancer Action Week, please visit Cancer Council website

Meet the Health Hub Doctors Skin Cancer Clinic Doctors

Dr Matthew Allen

Dr Allen has extensive experience in dermatoscopy to improve skin cancer detection & provide both surgical & non surgical  management of cancers & sun damaged skin.

As a  fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery he has clinical training in the diagnosis & management of skin cancers, cosmetic skin concerns, lasers & minor dermatological surgery. Dr Allen also  holds advanced certification in skin cancer, skin histopathology and a Diploma of Dermoscopy.

His experience includes advanced skin cancer surgery, facial skin procedures, and treatments for varicose veins. His particular interest is the treatment of acne.

He specialises in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoration, In particular, thread lifting, fat transfer and laser resurfacing.

As well as utilising cosmetic injectables for line reduction, excessive sweating and migraines, he is also an expert in the advanced use of fillers for volume and contour restoration and correction.

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy is an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia. Dr Elsedfy is a GP with over 30 years of experience. He has worked in trauma surgery overseas and has obtained a Diploma in Emergency Medicine from The Australian College of Emergency Medicine. Dr Elsedfy is interested in skin surgery, trauma, and all aspects of General Practice.



October 16, 2019 Health

Dr Sonia Anwar - Gynaecologist

Dr Sonia Anwar is an Australian trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Dr Anwar is pleased to provide gynaecology services for women in all areas with special interest in endometriosis, infertility and management of pelvic organ prolapse.

Special Interests:

• General Gynaecology
• Abnormal periods
• Contraception
• IUD Insertion
• Menopause
• Endometriosis
• Cervical screening and Colposcopy
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse
• Laparoscopic surgery
• Hysteroscopic surgery

If you bled in random places every month on the outside of your body, people would understand why you were in agony. People would realise why you couldn't go to work or school or why you couldn't even get out of bed.

But, because people with endometriosis bleed on the inside, and it’s a long (probably latin) word that no one has really heard of, no one understands or gets it. The consequence is that women with endometriosis suffer massively. They often even encounter great difficulties to get a diagnosis and the treatment they need to manage their pain.

Women with endo get fed up of being asked why are they complaining about their period so much? I’m sure they feel like screaming ‘endometriosis is an illness and not just a period.’

Endo is common, and the women you know, love, care about or work with, might be affected by it.

Endo is a medical condition where the tissue that usually lines the womb ends up in the wrong places. This tissue somehow becomes randomly scattered around the body, usually in the pelvis, but definitely in places it’s not supposed to be.

Every month the lining of the womb prepares itself to hopefully receive a fertilised egg and grow a baby- it doesn’t understand women don’t want to be permanently pregnant. When the lining of the womb isn’t required to hold a pregnancy it has an easy escape route- the vagina. The blood that comes out every month is the old lining of the womb that is no longer needed- this is what a period is.

But the tissue in random places is exactly the same as the tissue lining the womb and it still responds to the body’s monthly cycle and bleeds. This tissue doesn’t know it’s in the wrong place and it has not got an escape route out. Old blood with no way out stays trapped until the body has had time to break it down and resorb it.

Blood hurts the pelvis, it sticks it’s organs together, cysts can form and burst and it causes agony to women with the condition.

This is endometriosis, it’s a chronic, incurable condition where you are basically bleeding in places you are not supposed to, all of them on the inside. No one knows why some women get it and others don’t, why some women have it their whole reproductive lives and others develop it later on.

Sadly historically endo hasn’t been extensively researched as it was brushed aside as simply ‘period pain.’ We now know endo is not simply ‘period pain,’ it is far worse. As research develops and new things come out, hopefully one day we may be able to explain what causes or even cure this complex condition.

Extreme pelvic pain and all the symptoms endo causes is not normal. It’s not normal to have to sprint to the bathroom at work to avoid the embarrassment of blood leaking on to your trousers. It’s not normal to look down when you get up from a chair when you’re on your period to make sure you haven’t stained it with blood. It’s not normal to not be able to get out of bed and face the day when you’re on your period because you are in so much pain. Nothing about endometriosis is normal.

I would love to tell women with endo there was a cure for their suffering, but there isn’t. For now, I guess it’s all about raising awareness. It’s about educating people as to what the condition is and what can be done to help. It’s about helping women to get the diagnosis they need to access help to manage the chronic condition they have.

Endometriosis is an illness, not ‘just a period.’



Our specialist Oncologist Dr Sharon Heng talks about travelling with cancer.

Travel for patients with cancer has become more achievable because of gains in quality of life and overall survival. The risk assessment of these patients is complex, and there is a paucity of data to which clinicians can refer. We present the challenges of traveling with cancer and a review of the literature.

A review using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines was performed. A search using the terms ”cancer,” “advanced cancer,” ”metastases,” “brain edema,” “lymphoedema,” “pneumothorax,” ”pleural effusion,” “pericardial effusion,” pneumonitis,” “hypoxia,” “end-of-life,” and “shunt,” combined with “flying” and “air travel,” was conducted. The PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched for English-language studies up to December 2018. Studies, case reports, or guidelines referring to travel in the context of adult patients with malignancies were included. A total of 745 published articles were identified; 16 studies were included. An inclusive approach to data extraction was used.

There were no specific criteria to deem a patient with cancer fit to travel. Neurologic, respiratory, and cardiac implications, and time from recent surgery or procedure need to be considered There was a lack of high-quality studies to inform decisions, but the British Thoracic Society and Aerospace Medical Association Medical Guidelines included recommendations for fitness to fly for patients with cancer.

In the absence of large prospective studies, individual fitness to travel should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind that maximizing a patient’s ability to safely travel is an important goal for many individuals with cancer.

To read the article in full, please visit https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JGO.19.00029

To book an appointment with Dr Sharon Heng, please call (07) 3859 0690


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