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PATIENT SCREENING AND COVID TESTS FOR KIDS

Aug 19, 2021

Now, this can be confusing. Please read carefully.
 
There is a difference between stay-at-home orders and being identified as a close or casual contact with self-isolation orders. Therefore, there are people we can’t see even if they have a negative Covid test.
 
If you are on stay-at-home orders like most of the ACT and surrounding NSW, you can come to TSAJ as long as you don’t have any symptoms or have had a negative Covid test in the 72 hours before your appointment. You may be asked to provide proof of your result.
 
If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you are not allowed out of quarantine for the full 14 days, even if you test negative to all your required tests. If you are that unwell, go to hospital or call an ambulance.
 
If you are a casual contact, you can attend TSAJ once you receive a negative result from your day one test as long as you have no symptoms. If you still have a cough, cold, runny nose, fever, sore throat etc, you must get another test. If you are that unwell, go to hospital or call an ambulance.
NOW – People of all ages, including babies, must have a negative Covid test if they have symptoms.
 
Patients over the age of 12 months with symptoms MUST have had a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours to be seen face to face. We have telephone consults available which can be made online or call 6255 8112 to book.
For babies less than 12 months with symptoms, contact the Lakeview Respiratory Clinic online at lakeviewrespiratoryclinic.com.au. If the bub is very unwell, call 6185 1986 and advise the receptionist that their Practice Manger, Jurine, has confirmed she will book TSAJ unwell children on the day for a respiratory review and swab.
ALL patients coming in for face-to-face appointments at TSAJ are asked to remain outside unless you are elderly or have a baby with you. If you cannot park close to the surgery and wait in your car, please wait on the chairs outside. Let reception know where you are.
 
With the current situation, this advice is changing all the time. Please bear with us. If you need clarification, call the surgery on 6255 8112.
 
Just a reminder of our zero tolerance policy. Please don’t take your frustration about this pandemic out on us.
 
Stay safe.
 

YES, YOU CAN COME TO THE DOCTOR

Aug 13, 2021

CAN I GO TO THE DOCTOR?
 
The ACT Government has confirmed you can leave the ACT for an appointment at The Surgery at Jerra as we are in the approved border bubble and it’s to access essential healthcare.
 
As always, we will only see people with no Covid-like symptoms, or have had a recent negative Covid test.
 
Our existing patients can always book a telephone consult but please be aware normal consultation fees may apply.
 
Stay safe.

OUR PHONES ARE DOWN!

Aug 11, 2021

Sorry, our phones are down until further notice. If you need to book, go to the ‘book an appointment’ link at the top of the home page.

If you have a non-urgent enquiry, please email reception@tsaj.com.au. Please do not try to book via email unless you have to book in with the nurse or are a new patient.

Our fax number is 02 6255 8001.

If you have an emergency, please dial 000.

Once again, we are sorry for the inconvenience.

SKINTASTIC NEWS!

Aug 05, 2021

It is with great pleasure The Surgery at Jerra announces Ellyse Skin & Aesthetics will be providing services from our rooms, starting 6 August.
Ellyse offers a bespoke approach to anti-ageing – offering anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, collagen threads and PRP for skin rejuvenation and hair loss.
For information about Ellyse’s services, go to www.ellyseskinandaesthetics.com.au

PULLING OUT OF THE COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT

Jul 16, 2021

The Surgery at Jerra has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Covid-19 Astra Zenica vaccine rollout. No more dose one bookings will be taken from today (16 July).
 
We will, of course, continue to administer 2nd doses for patients who have already had the first dose with us.
 
The main reason – our staff are being continually abused about the availability of vaccines, eligibility for the different vaccines and changing government recommendations.
 
We understand these are trying times but our team, both clinical and administrative, do not deserve to bear the brunt of someone’s frustrations with the vaccine rollout.
 
We apologise for the change but unfortunately, this issue is increasing and both management and staff have had enough!
 
By the time we finish the booked second doses, we will have administered more than two thousand Covid vaccines.
 
We have also pulled out of the upcoming Pfizer rollout in general practices.
 
If you would like to book your first Covid vaccine, go to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus, fill out the eligibility checker and then click to find a nearby vaccine provider.
 
Stay safe.

MEET DR EDWARD LYLE

Jul 16, 2021

DR EDWARD LYLE
MBBS FRACGP

Dr Edward Lyle has joined the TSAJ family. He currently works on a Monday, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon/night and Friday.

He graduated from James Cook University in 2007 before undertaking postgraduate training at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. He completed Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Internal Medicine and Intensive Care rotations before entering General Practice training.

Dr Lyle gained his Fellowship into the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2013 before moving to the Gold Coast. He has since worked in rural and metropolitan settings all over the country as a locum and permanent GP. He has special interests in family medicine, skin cancer medicine, chronic disease management and mental health. He has completed certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Dermoscopy and Dermal Imaging, and Skin Cancer Surgery.

Dr Lyle enjoys walking his dog around Lake Burley Griffin.

FEE INCREASE IN AUGUST 2021

Jul 16, 2021

FEE INCREASE
As of 1 August 2021, fees at The Surgery at Jerra will increase following changes to the Medicare rebate and a review of practice costs.
The last fee increase was in 2020. A standard consult will now be $86.
Our consultation fees and treatment room fees take into account the increasing cost of running a medical practice in this current climate, including rising medical indemnity insurance and other insurance costs; the cost of medical equipment, staff and operating expenses.
We believe TSAJ’s new fees are still comparatively priced with many general practices in the ACT/Queanbeyan region.
Should you have any queries, feel free to contact our practice manager, Kylie Yates.
A full fees list is available on request.
Thank you for your understanding.

TSAJ NEWSLETTER APRIL 2021

Apr 19, 2021

COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT



We have started Covid-19 vaccine clinics. As we only get 50 jabs a week, we are currently focussing on our highest risk patients who qualify for the Phase 1B rollout. Due to government regulations for post-vaccine care, our waiting room will be closed. Once checked in,
all patients are kindly asked to wait outside or in their cars when clinics are running (bring a jacket). Signage will be on display when clinics are running. Our phones will also be switched off during the April/May clinics.

 

FLU VACCINE CLINICS



Still on vaccinations, we are currently running flu vaccine clinics for people who qualify for government-funded jabs. Private flu vaccine clinics start 10 May. The cost is $25. You cannot get your Covid vaccine two weeks before or after your flu jab.

 

A SKIN CHECK CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!


Dr CK has started running skin check clinics on Fridays. He is an accredited skin cancer doctor who has done extra training at the Skin Cancer College of Australasia to improve his skills in diagnosing, treating and managing skin cancer. All our other GPs are able to perform skin checks but Dr CK has a special interest in dermis.

THINK PINK 

Mother’s Day is coming up and that means the folks at The Surgery at Jerra will be wearing pink and walking 5km around Lake Burley Griffin to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness. You can make a donation to our Mother’s Day Classic team here or at the practice in the week leading up to the event.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE! 


TSAJ would like to congratulate one of our ‘family members’ on her recent wedding.

Dr Anita Dey walked down the aisle over Easter. Her original wedding was cancelled due to lockdown last year so she’s very excited to finally tie the knot. TSAJ threw her a little bridal shower beforehand. We wish Anita and her husband many years of wedded bliss.

 

NEW STAFF

It’s been a busy first quarter for recruitment. We have five new admin staff. Please make Sabrina, Corri, Nicola, Brielle and Ashley feel welcome. Please be patient as they find their feet. We also said goodbye to Jason Lee, our practice manager. Co-owner Kylie Yates will be holding the reins until a replacement is found.

BEYOND BITUMEN FOR BEYOND BLUE

Mar 02, 2021

Jerrabomberra local, Greg OConnor is again hitting the dirt roads to increase awareness about anxiety and depression and reduce the stigma of having a mental health issue.
The Surgery at Jerra is again sponsoring Greg’s Beyond Bitumen adventure.
Later this month, Greg and his driving partner are using the distinctive ‘NEMO’ car but his time, are rallying for mental health between Muswellbrook and Forster in New South Wales.
 
Funds raised go towards mental health research, delivering services and programs, and providing resources to improve the lives of those living with a mental health issue.
 
Greg has been battling depression since the early 1980s. His story of many years of struggle and finally seeking help is inspirational. TSAJ proudly supports Greg’s quest in and out of the car.

LGBTIQ WELCOME HERE

Mar 01, 2021

The Surgery at Jerra is proud to announce it has joined the Welcome Here Project which means the practice is a ‘safe place’ for members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
 
We will soon be displaying a Welcome Here sticker at our entrance to let lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people know they can feel safe and secure with our clinical and admin staff, without fear of being judged.
 
LGBTIQ diversity is welcomed and celebrated within our practice.
 
Being part of the Welcome Here Project helps create a positive social change throughout Australia. Community organisation ACON set up the project with help from the NSW Government.