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Using Our Height, Weight & Blood Pressure Machines


June 30, 2020 Services

We encourage everyone to check their height, weight & blood pressure before their appointment. This ensures you can make the most of your full appointment time with your doctor and can learn to understand your health.

Why use our height, weight & blood pressure machines?

  • Spend more time with your doctor
  • Learn to understand your health
  • Fill in time while waiting for your appointment
  • It's fun, It's fast

Our height/weight & blood pressure machines are located outside our individual waiting areas and are simple to use.

How to use our machines:

Height & Weight Machine

  • Please remove shoes and glasses
  • Step onto machine, facing forward
  • Wait and listen to audible instructions
  • Step off machine
  • Collect print-out

Blood Pressure Machine

  • Sit down with feet flat on the ground
  • Place arm into machine
  • Press start button on top of machine
  • Sit & wait whilst refraining from talking
  • Collect print-out
  • In an emergency, if you need to stop suddenly, press the start button again

If you are having difficulty, our reception staff would be more than happy to assist you.

Once you collect your print-out, be sure to take these with you into your appointment.

Have a try of our height/weight & blood pressure machines at your next appointment!



May 22, 2020 Services

Our Mum and Bub Hub has moved over to the main GP clinic.

Our face-to-face midwife services are still available. We have moved over to the main GP clinic but our midwives are still providing antenatal and postnatal care.

Antenatal/ Pregnancy Care includes:

The Mum and Bub Hub offer a unique, collaborative, continuity of care model of pregnancy and post birth care for Mother and baby.

Known as the shared care model of antenatal care, this includes both your Doctor and our onsite Midwifery team.

Antenatal / pregnancy care includes:

  • Personalised, collaborative care with G.P. & Midwife
  • Appointments Medicare bulk billed
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referrals for ultrasounds & blood test all performed within the Hub.
  • Regular routine pregnancy appointments with our midwives.
  • Pregnancy Immunisations; Pertussis, tetanus and Flu vaccine.
  • Guidance and support
  • Preparing for breastfeeding
  • Referral to other health professionals as required
  • Referrals/ collaboration with your birthing hospital, Caboolture hospital, Redcliffe hospital and The Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Postnatal Care includes:

  • 7 day check up for both mother and baby
  • C-section wound care
  • 6 week check up for both mother and baby
  • Contraception discussion
  • Weight checks
  • Feeding support (breast or bottle concerns)
  • Immunisations
  • Referrals to other health professionals as required
  • Referrals to Peach Tree for the mother

Book an appointment with one of our midwives. Call us on 5322 4900



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.



September 3, 2019 Services

Gastric Sleeve surgery involves removing the lateral two-thirds of the stomach with a stapling device. The procedure is done using keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The remaining stomach is more like a tube or ‘sleeve’ than a sac. It is estimated that the remaining stomach has about a 100 to 200ml capacity. It works by making you feel “full” sooner, therefore you will eat less.

 

Is it effective?

Most people who have gastric sleeve surgery have been found to achieve long term weight loss, but it is contingent on keeping to a new lifestyle inclusive of movement and diet changes. Studies have shown that after a gastric sleeve resection procedure, patients show improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

What are the risks?

As with all major surgical procedures, gastric sleeve surgery comes with the risk of post-operative complications such as infections, pneumonia and bleeding. As the procedure involves stapling part of the stomach, leakage is always possible. If leakage occurs, it may cause infection and other health problems. The more obese you are prior to surgery, the higher the risk of complications. However, medical statistics indicate low mortality (risk of dying).

How long will recovery take?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes one to two hours.
We anticipate your stay in the hospital for two or three days, then recovery at home for two weeks. Your recovery should be fast and smooth, provided that you follow the dietitian’s instructions. You should avoid any heavy lifting for four weeks to allow the wound to heal. You should be able to return to work after 2-4 weeks, depending on your type of work (standardly two weeks).

You will be on a fluid diet for one week post operatively, then you will slowly progress to pureed foods, soft foods, before returning to solid food at approximately 6 weeks.

Movement and regular exercise will assist in helping you return to work as soon as possible.

To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5444 8594

For more information on Dr Ian Baxter


August 4, 2019 Services
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Stretching promotes normal metabolic activity of the inter-vertebral discs, muscles and ligaments. It should be done in a smooth, controlled manner and should never be painful. If you do experience any pain, please consult your health care professional.

These stretches should be done at least twice each day (first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening before bed). You will also benefit from stretching throughout the day whenever you feel your muscles stiffen. Ten repetitions to each side are suggested for each stretch.

 

1. Spinal Rotations: Sitting upright, slowly twist your spine as far as it will go (look over your shoulder) to both sides.

2. Spinal Extension/Flex: Sitting upright, place hands on knees. Slowly pull head back as pelvis is tilted forward, then bend your head forward as your pelvis tips backwards.

3. Spinal Lateral Bending: Sitting upright, bend fully to one side and then to the other (bring your ear towards your shoulder as far as you can).

Spinal Molding

This exercise enhances spinal curves and prepares you and your spine for a restful sleep, following your evening stretches. Lay on a neck and back roll for 10 minutes before sleeping. Place neck roll under your neck, pressed against your shoulders. Place lower back roll below your rib cage and above your pelvis. You can add a bolster under your knees for added comfort (skip this exercise if you are using the ThoracicPillow®).

 

 

 

To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr David Shahar


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



July 15, 2019 Services

We sat down with Dr Baxter to learn a little more about him!

 

Q:   How did you get to become a surgeon on the Sunshine Coast?

A:   I was educated in Brisbane and commenced medicine at the University of Queensland in 1980. After graduating I worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and always had a passion to become a surgeon as I enjoyed the principles of operating, the black and white nature of surgery and the ability to significantly improve peoples' lives through operating. I then travelled for a couple of years and then returned to the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a training Registrar and embarked upon my surgical training.  I finished my surgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and obtained my college certification which is to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons in 1995.  I then went and studied abroad for 2 years at Bath and then Edinburgh where I was a Senior Registrar and got involved with upper gastro-intestinal surgery and that became my area of interest and passion.  During that time, I saw the evolution of laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and saw that was a way for the future. I returned to Australia as Director at the QE2 Hospital in Brisbane and spent a year as Director  and then ventured to the Sunshine Coast where I wanted to reside in 1998 and have lived there since with my wife and four children.   My interest in bariatric surgery began seeing gastric bands with one of my mentors and I started doing these in 1999, since that time bariatric surgery has become a considerable interest and part of my practice and has evolved over the last 20 year where we now do laparoscopic bands, laparoscopic sleeves and laparoscopic bypass and it certainly is a significant area of practice.  I enjoy general surgery and will continue to practice with my main focus in bariatric surgery and upper gastro-intestinal.

Q:  What do you do in your spare time?

A:  I live rurally on acreage so most of my spare time is outdoors mowing on a tractor or gardening which I have got an avid interest in. I also have a local band that I play guitar and do vocals and I enjoy all things about the ocean in particular surfing. I also have a real interest in snow-skiing and take most years on the snow fields in winter.

Q:  What is at the top of your bucket list?

A:  At the moment it would be looking at the walking tour along the Amalfi Coast and through Tuscany.

Q:  What is your favourite food?

A:  My favourite food would probably be Morton Bay Bugs and the Mooloolaba Prawns.

Q:  Favourite holiday destination?

A:  My favourite holiday destination I would have to say I really enjoy both the ocean and snow, so we often ourselves surf locally at the beach or at North Stradbroke Island. The beaches around Byron are also quite spectacular. With skiing I would have to say Whistler would be by favourite skiing destination.

Q:  What is the most interesting medical article you have read recently?

A:  I have read a number of articles about the rise of robotic surgery which has become an area of interest to me which I will look at further training in the future and it possibly is the next evolution in terms of surgery using robots to help and certainly is an area that interests me at the moment.

 

To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr Ian Baxter


July 9, 2019 Services
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Dr David Shahar is our chiropractor here at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield who is committed to helping patients with their posture.

Healthier standing, sitting and sleeping habits will certainly reduce neck, head and back ache, pinched nerves, arm and shoulder pain, insomnia and mental fatigue. It’s that simple!

Sit Correctly

When resting your back against a car seat, in front of the television, at your desk or at school, remember to perform the ManubriumLift®.

Make sure your buttocks touch the back of your chair, as that will help to shift your head back over your shoulders. A lumbar roll can be used to help you maintain the normal curves in your back.

Bend your knees at a right angle (use a foot rest or stool if necessary). Keep your feet flat on the floor and try not to cross your legs.

When sitting forward while eating, at your computer or when writing, it is good to tip your seat down slightly at the front if possible, or use a sacral block (chair wedge) to prevent your pelvis from tipping back, which causes slouching.

“Blocking” your pelvis will make it easier and more comfortable to maintain an upright position.

Here’s to your good posture!

To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr David Shahar

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