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Here at New Albion Medical Centre we do our best to cater to the needs of all patients.

PRACTICE NURSE SERVICES

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  • Immunisations
  • Vaccinations
  • Warfarin Checks
  • Blood Sugar Checks
  • Dressings & removal of sutures
  • Blood Pressure checks

ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS & SERVICES ALL IN ONE CONVENIENT LOCATION

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  • Psychologist
  • Exercise Physio
  • Podiatrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Massage Therapist

General Practice

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Emergency management
  • Diagnostic services – ECG’s, spirometry
         mood and memory assessment
  • INR testing
  • Skin cancer checks
  • Ear Health including ear syringing
  • Removal of sutures and staples
  • Various Health Assessments
  • Well Women’s Screening including pap tests
  • Children’s Health checks
  • Immunisations, Vaccinations and injections
  • Enhanced Primary Care
  • 45-49 year old Assessment
  • 75+ year old Assessment
  • Diabetes / Asthma Care
  • Closing the Gapp Assessment
  • Quit Smoking Weight Loss Advice
  • ECG Spirometry testing
  • Women’s Health and pregnancy
  • Implanon insertion and removal
  • Quit Smoking Weight Loss Advice
  • ECG Spirometry testing
  • Women’s Health and pregnancy
  • Implanon insertion and removal
  • Travel Advice and Vaccinations
  • Minor Surgery and Wound Care
  • Removal of lesions/warts/toenail
  • Cryotherapy of lesions/warts
  • Drainage of abscess/haematoma
  • Suture of cuts
  • Pre­-employment Medical
  • Workers Compensation

Fees

New Albion Medical Centre is a bulk billing Practice. So when you visit all you need to do is bring your current Medicare Card and if applicable your Health Care Card, Pension Card, or Veteran Affairs Card. If you are not registered with Medicare there will be a consult fee ($50.00 for a Level B/ $80 for a Level C) plus any additional costs for treatment that may also have a Medicare charge. Some consultations are not covered by Medicare e.g. medicals or Integrative Medicine. Please ask reception for fees involved. Workers compensation, Third Party and Public Liability cases will be billed to the Insurer. If your claim is rejected or you fail to lodge paperwork, the account becomes your responsibility.

 After Hours Care

We offer our patients the security of knowing they have around the clock care. After hours care is provided by the Radio Doctor (ph: 4228 5522) or Shellharbour Hospital (ph: 4296 6666). If you have a medical emergency always call 000.

 Repeat Prescriptions and Referrals.

Most prescriptions provide sufficient medication to last until your condition needs reviewing. Repeat prescriptions are therefore only given during consultation when the doctor is able to determine your need for continued mediation. Referral letters are only written before your appointment with a specialist. If you receive continued care with your specialist, please check with their receptionist whether you will require a further referral letter. An appointment is required before this will be given. No telephone requests for referrals are accepted

 Pathology & Test Results

Most pathology services are bulk billed to Medicare. We do NOT discuss or give any results over the phone. Privacy policy prevents staff from discussing results over the phone. Giving the results in person is the safest medical practice, it allows further discussion of your health issues for which the tests were ordered and avoids confusion. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your co-operation. Reception will contact patients that require review and all contact or attempts will be documented in the patient file for future reference. Recall patients are strongly advised to attend appointments. If the review is URGENT, the doctor will contact the patient.

 Reminder Systems

It is our policy to automatically enroll all patients on our reminder system. We do this in an effort to provide better ongoing health for you, our patient. Should you choose to not participate, please inform reception so that an exclusion form can be signed and recorded in your patient file.

 Managing Your Personal Records

Medical records are kept strictly confidential. It is the Practice policy to ensure that only authorised staff have access to records. Records are stored in the computer for security reasons all files are backed up daily, weekly and then monthly. We would like your visits to the practice to be as pleasant as possible. Should you for any reason have a concern or idea then please speak to your doctor or any of the receptionist staff. Alternatively you may like to write to us. We take concerns, suggestions and complaints seriously and will reply to you with an explanation or how we will address any issue that is raised. If you wish to make an official complaint, you’re entitled to do so by contacting the Health Complaints Commission on 180043159.

Nursing

  • Our treatment room is fully equipped, along with our Registered Practice Nurse who is available during the week to help assist you with:
  • First Aid and Triage patients for urgent appointments
  • Emergency management
  • Diagnostic services – ECG’s, spirometry, mood and memory assessment
  • INR testing (no appointment required)
  • Ear Health including ear syringing (no appointment required)
  • Removal of sutures and staples (no appointment required)
  • Various Health Assessments
  • Well Women’s Screening including pap tests
  • Children’s Health checks
  • Immunisations, Vaccinations and injections (no appointment required)

 Well Women’s Screening

What is a Well Women’s Screening?
A Well Women’s Screening is a health check service provided by our Practice Nurse specifically for women to provide health information and resources, perform breast examinations, and also pap tests as part of an early detection service.

Well Women’s Screening Service
We want all women to optimise and maintain their health and wellbeing. You can feel safe and comfortable to address any women’s issues that may be concerning you. Our friendly Practice Nurse is here to help you with any women’s health information and resources, breast examinations and pap tests. She is available all week, please call one of our friendly reception staff to book your Well Women’s Screening today.

 Men’s Health

We know how busy life can be especially finding the time to come and see your doctor, so often you put your health care further down your priority list. Australian men compared to women will often visit their doctor less frequently, see their doctor for shorter visit times and usually only see their doctor when a problem presents itself. In Australia, it is important to have regular health checks with your doctor as Australian men are more likely to get sick from a serious illnesses compared to Australian women. Depending on your health level and age, will help your doctor determine which checks to perform. Some may include:

  • General Check ups
  • Prostate assessment
  • Cholesterol, healthy heart and blood pressure checks
  • Diabetes assessment and management
  • Lifestyle – eg, social, alcohol, smoking, weight management
  • Sexual health and function
  • Lung function tests
  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Skin checks
  • Hearing and vision checks

 Children’s health and Immunisations

No matter if you’re a parent, legal guardian or a carer, your child’s health is always your priority. All children should have regular checkups with their doctor according to their specific requirements. The Australian Department of Health recommends children’s health and development be assessed at the following ages:

  • Birth
  • 1-4 weeks
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6-9 months
  • 18 months
  • 2,3,4 years of age

NSW Immunisation Schedule:

AGE

DISEASE

CHILDHOOD VACCINES

VACCINE

Birth

Hepatitis B

H-B-VAX II

6 weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type B, hepatitis B, polio

Pneumococcal

Rotarvirus

INFARIX HEXA

PREVENAR 13

ROTARIX

4 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type B, hepatitis B, polio

Pneumococcal

Rotarvirus

INFARIX HEXA

PREVENAR 13

ROTARIX

6 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type B, hepatitis B, polio

Pneumococcal

INFARIX HEXA

PREVENAR 13

 

12 months

haemophilus influenza type B, meningococcal C,

measles, mumps, rubella

MENTORIX

MMR II OR PRIORIX

18 months

Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis

PRIORIX TETRA OR PROQUAD

INFANRIX OR TRIPACEL

4 years

 

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio

 

INFANRIX IPV

 

 

ADOLESCENT VACCINES

 

12 YEARS

(Year 7 school vaccination program)

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis

Human Papillomavirus (3 doses)

BOOSTRIX

GARDASIL

 Asthma and Diabetes patient education and management

Asthma and Diabetes (type 1 and type 11) are chronic health conditions both of which cannot be cured, but can be effectively managed to promote optimum health and wellbeing. If poorly managed these conditions can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Diabetes in Australia is an epidemic, which presents a huge challenge for the Australian health care system. It is the fasted growing chronic condition in our country, surpassing heart disease and even cancer.

Our team is passionate about providing education, resources and effective management of these conditions, so you can have the best quality of life and wellbeing.

 ECG and Spirometry testing

What is an ECG and how does it work?

An Electrocardiograph (ECG) is a quick and painless procedure that tells your doctor how your heart is working. A healthy heart check can be performed as part of a general checkup, along with blood tests and a blood pressure check. Our practice nurse is available all week to perform ECG’s.

What is a Spirometry test and how does it work?

A Spirometry test tells your doctor how well you can breathe and check your lungs. It require you to take large deep breaths and forcefully breath our into the device known as a spirometer. This can in the diagnosis of different and various lung diseases. Our practice nurse is available all week to perform spirometry’s.

 Minor surgery and skin lesions

Our doctors provide services of minor surgery and skin lesions. Any change in a lesion or part of your skin should be checked immediately. Some lesions may be harmless such as scrapes or cuts, but can be more serious such a skin cancers.

Services of minor surgery and lesions may include:

  • Removal of lesions/warts/toenail
  • biopsies
  • Cryotherapy of lesions/warts
  • Drainage of abscess/haematoma
  • Suture of cuts
  • Implanon insertion and removal

 Wound Care

Whether it be an acute wound such as a laceration or deep cut or a chronic wound which has difficulty healing, it is important that you seek medical care so your wound can heal effectively without any complications such as infection or impaired function.

Superficial wounds may only require first aid such as cleansing and a simple dressing, which will normally heal quickly.

Chronic wounds are wound which have a lot of difficulty healing, such as the wounds we associate with diabetes like arterial or venous ulcers. These types of wounds require ongoing care and management.

It is essential that you see your doctor so you wound can be assessed, diagnosed and a plan can be put into place to promote optimum wound healing.

 Botulinum Toxin Injections

What are anti-wrinkle injections and how do they work?

Anti-wrinkle injections are medicines which are carefully injected to temporarily relax the muscles. The excessive use of facial muscles can lead to deep lines and wrinkles. The use of these products decreases the movement of the muscle which helps the skin maintain a youthful, more refreshed appearance.

At New Albion Medical Centre we have both a Cosmetic Doctor and Cosmetic Nurse who can assist you with any skin concerns you have. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Tired eyes or under eye bags
  • Sagging or loose skin
  • Skin texture and tone
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Pigmentation

 Dermal Fillers

What are Dermal Fillers and how do they work?

Dermal filler is a temporary, soft injectable gel, usually made from a substance called Hyaluronic Acid which naturally occurs in the body. Dermal Fillers are used for filling lines, wrinkles and adding volume to the skin for a fresher, younger and more rejuvenated appearance.

This is a non-invasive procedure which can be performed by appointment with our Cosmetic Doctor any day of the week or by appointment on Tuesdays with our Cosmetic Nurse.

 Travel Medicine and Vaccinations

As Australians we love to travel internationally, and we want to stay safe while we are travelling. There are a number of health risks associated with travelling overseas such as disease, infectious agents and environmental hazards. To help stay safe and healthy, come and speak to your doctor about recommended vaccines.

 Psychologist

What is a Psychologist?

A Psychologist is a University-quality health professional who is trained to assess, manage, diagnose and treat mental health issues and disorders. Speaking to a professional to help manage any emotional issues and disorders or life issues is a very therapeutic way of optimising your mental health.

Psychologist Services

Our female psychologist Bulk bills appointments, up to 10 visits per year as funded by Medicare. She is Available every week, is Work Cover approved and also specialises in Hypnotherapy.

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 Podiatrist

 What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are University- qualified health professionals which provide preventative health care, diagnosis and treatment for various issues regarding your feet.

Podiatry Services

Our friendly Podiatrist services are is available every week to help you address any foot concerns and promote optimum foot health. These services are available with or without a referral from your Doctor. You may be eligible for bulk-billed Podiatry consults, please come and speak with one of our friendly doctors.

 Dietician

What is a Dietician?

A Dietician is a University-qualified health professional in nutrition and diet regulation, who helps to develop and managed nutritional programs to suit your specific requirements.

Dietician Services

Our dietician services are available for all ages to promote optimal health or address any nutritional or dietary concerns. These services are available with or without a referral from your Doctor. You may be eligible for bulk-billed dietician consults, please come and speak with one of our friendly doctors.

 Physiotherapy and Acupuncture

What is a Physiotherapist?

A Physiotherapist is a University-qualified health professional trained in assessing, diagnosing and treating health and movement disorders.

Physiotherapy Services

Our Physiotherapy Services are provided onsite by Shellharbour Health (link), specialising in Musculoskeletal- Manipulative Physiotherapy and Acupuncture. Physiotherapy services are available with or without a referral from your Doctor. You may be eligible for bulk-billed Physiotherapy consults, please come and speak with one of our friendly doctors.

Some services provided include (but are not limited to):

  • Sporting injuries
  • Aged care
  • Spinal disorders – Back, Neck pain
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Work cover injury rehabilitation
  • Work conditioning
  • Functional capacity assessment
  • Back Fit Program
  • Reduced balance/ mobility
  • Stroke/ Parkinson’s disease

For a full list of services and more information visit the Shellharbour Health website (link).