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PRIVATE FLU VACCINE STOCK for 2020
Here at Bluewater Medical, we have been part of Northern Beaches Community for nearly 25 years. As such, our medical practice will be maintaining continuity of care and fulfilling your health needs during these challenging times. We aim to help keep you safe, in line with our first priority: the health and safety of our patients and our team.
We wish to assure you that we are treating the Coronavirus seriously and want to share with you some of the actions taken so far, to take precautions in Infection Control. We are constantly reviewing the advice and recommendations of the Australian Government, Queensland Health, local health authorities and the World Health Organisation.
Here is a sample of counter-measures already in place at our Practice:
o Thorough surface sanitation is carried out throughout the Waiting Areas, Entrance/Exits, Public Toilet’s;
o Cleansing of all working surfaces and common areas hourly;
o Sanitation services provided throughout the day to appropriate touch points and common areas;
o we have taken the action to remove the reading material ie: magazine and books
o We have also removed some of the waiting room chairs and expanded the space so that no one is sitting shoulder to shoulder.
o Hand Sterilisation unit is at the Reception entrance, and we are asking all persons entering the practice to please use this;
o With advance notice, if required, we can arrange your consult to be held in our Isolation Room (Room 10) which has access from the Verandah, this allows minimal contact with our Team and no contact with other members of the public.
o Anyone experiencing Cold or Flu symptoms should advise Reception when making their booking, as you may be required to phone again on your arrival into the Car Park where further instruction will be given.
o We are now conducting Telehealth/Telephone consultations to our most vulnerable groups of patients:
Patient is Over 70
ATSI patient is Over 50
Patient has a chronic disease (eg Chronic health condition - ever had 721 billed or lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure.
Patient is immunocompromised
Patient is pregnant
Patient is a mum with a child under 1 year of age
Given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, we are constantly monitoring developments and will be ready to act quickly across the Medical Practice.
As developments arise we will continue to add to the many precautionary measures already in place across our medical practice and will respond quickly to each emerging situation as it occurs, to help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
In the meantime, whether you prefer to engage with us in person for a consult or by Telephone Consultation, we are ready and equipped to support your needs.
If you have any questions or concerns, or need advice please call us 07 47786444.
THE TEAM @ BLUEWATER MEDICAL PRACTICE
COVID-19 / Coronavirus
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common symptoms of coronavirus infection include:
In severe cases, symptoms become more advanced:
To highlight the difficulty of accurately describing coronavirus symptoms, around 5% of cases report a sore throat and runny nose, while a small percentage also report diarrhoea and vomiting.
Influenza has been widely researched and most Australians are probably already familiar with its symptoms. However, according to WHO, they can include:
STILL NOT SURE?
Consider where you live and where you have been in the last 14 days.
If you live in an area with very limited cases of known coronavirus, and you find yourself with a sore throat or a runny nose and some muscle pain, you are more likely to have the flu than coronavirus.
The likelihood that you have Coronavirus rather than the Flu really depends on the following factors:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS OR THE FLU
dated @ 13.03.2020
Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee) is a type of surgery that repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch, As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes.
Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
Below, only upper eye lid surgery was done
If you attend with a referral letter from Optometrist which confirms that there is a reduction of visual field, a Medicare Rebate applies.
Risks from this the surgery are rare. Dr Hasa does the procedure by local anaesthetic only. For the anxious patient, mild sedation in a form of sedating injection can be done prior to the procedure, if necessary. The Blepharoplasty is usually done on both eyes at the same time to achieve symmetrical result and surgery lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes only one eyelid needs correction, for example for a patient after stroke.
In total, you will be attending for three consultations.
Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:
Dr. Vladimir Hasa, FRACGP,Dip Obs Gyn
Principal Bluewater Medical Practice
Ph 07 47 786 444