Sep 12, 2018
Dr David Yates and his wife Kylie set up the surgery as a family-friendly practice in 2008. Dr Yates was a solo GP for some time as we slowly built up the practice’s reputation.
Now, we have nine GPs and four practice nurses. We’d like to thank our patients for their ongoing confidence in our medical services. We pride ourselves on the quality of care patients receive, not only from medical staff but from our friendly and efficient administrative staff.
In 2005, we underwent a major expansion, taking over the adjoining suite. We now have seven consultation rooms and two treatment rooms. We also offer a selection of allied health services and Laverty Pathology is available on site.
David and Kylie are proud to say The Surgery at Jerra is locally owned and operated.
Thank you for helping make us what we are today.
Sep 12, 2018
Did you know that 31% of Aussie women say they would be less likely to drink alcohol during their pregnancy if their partner or spouse also stopped drinking?
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse consequences including miscarriage, still or premature birth, low birth weights and Fetal Alchohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD).
That’s why the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia’s alcohol guidelines state that their is no safe time, safe level or safe kind of alchohol consumption during pregnancy.
Pregnant Pause encourages Australians to go alcohol free during their pregnancy or the pregnancy of their partner, loved one or friend.
Go to pregnantpause.com.au for more information.
If you need advise about your pregnancy, you can make an appointment with one of our GPs.
Sep 12, 2018
Despite pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines being available for more than 50 years, this bacterial infection is still hard to control in Australia.
A high proportion of hospitalisations, and almost of all deaths, are in infants too young to have received more than one dose of the vaccine.
The current vaccination schedule constists of a primary course for babies at 2, 4 and 6 months of age, and a booster for children at four years old and for adolescents aged 10-15.
Now, the Federal Government has added another whooping cough booster for 18-month old babies to try to reduce the number of cases in young children.
While pertussis is not a severe disease in the majority of these children, it’s believed this age group plays a big role in transmitting the infection to younger, more vulnerable infants.
When you make an appointment for this booster, make sure you tell the receptionist the exact age of your child.
Sep 12, 2018
Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all cancers that affect women.
One in 75 women risk having ovarian cancer in their lifetime but the soon the disease is diagnosed, the better your chances of survival.
All women should be aware of the signs:
* abdominal or pelvic pain
* persistent bloating
* a frequent or urgent need to urinate
* feeling full after eating a small amount
If these symptoms happen more than 12 times a month, you should take them seriously and see your GP.
If your doctor suspects ovarian cancer, there are a number of tests they can perform to help decide whether your symptoms are due to ovarian cancer or other causes.
There isn’t any one test that can be used to diagnose ovarian cancer. Doctors use both a blood test and a transvaginal ultrasound (and possibly other tests) to help make a diagnosis. If these tests strongly suggest ovarian cancer, then your doctor will recommend an operation, which is the only definite way to diagnose ovarian cancer.
Jun 14, 2017
Your doctor may order tests for you as part of a routine checkup and to look for changes in your health. They also help doctors diagnose medical conditions, plan or evaluate treatments and monitor diseases.
Laboratory tests check a sample of your blood, urine, body tissue etc. A technician analyses the test samples to see if your results fall within the normal range. The results are sent to your doctor for interpretation. The tests use a range because what is normal differs from person to person. Many factors affect test results. These include:
Your doctor may also compare your results to previous tests.
Jun 14, 2017
More and more people are turning up for their consultations with a ‘wad of wisdom’ they’ve printed out after Googling their symptoms and finding a bevy of anecdotal diagnoses for any symptom they type in the search box. Now, it’s understandable people want to know what the red spots on their tummy are; what their persistent cough means; or why they are getting constant headaches but please leave diagnoses to the experts, your local GP.
Admittedly, it’s important to lay out all options and discuss all possibilities with each and every patient during an appointment but internet medicine is causing more confusion than solutions. The information overload is created from disreputable sites, outdated sites (medical knowledge advances quickly) and the data is non-specific and not taking into account individual circumstances. Worse still, internet medicine tends to be alarmist, sensationist and looking at worst-case scenarios.
Your doctor, unlike the internet, is able to take a detailed relevant history, conduct a thorough physical examination if necessary and order appropriate investigations if need be.
So what do you do with all this internet hype? It’s simple form a trusting partnership with your local GP and make sure you feel they take the time to discuss any health concerns you have.