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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.

STAY INFORMED ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES.

Feb 04, 2021

The Australian Government is working to make sure everyone in Australia has access to safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccines will give us the protection to go about our everyday lives.
To keep up to date with the latest progress, and to ensure your information is reliable, visit health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines

DR CK IS IN THE HOUSE!

Feb 04, 2021

Dr Chathurika Karunaratne has started seeing patients at The Surgery at Jerra. The experienced GP goes by the moniker CK.

Dr CK has been working in a general practice in Goulburn for the past five years. Before that he worked in the Emergency Department at Wagga Base Hospital.

Dr CK gained his medical degree in 2005 and went on to do post-graduate studies in anaesthetics. He attained a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney in 2015 and received his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2019. Dr CK has also gone on to be an accredited as a skin cancer doctor from the Skin Cancer College at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr CK works Monday to Wednesday 9am to 4.30pm, Thursday and Friday 8am to 4.30pm and one Saturday morning a month.

For an appointment with Dr CK, you can book online or call reception on 6255 8122. If you would like a full body skin check, please ask for a 20-minute appointment.

 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AT TSAJ

Dec 21, 2020

Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, The Surgery at Jerra has re-introduced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.
 
If you live in or have visited the following areas in the past fortnight, please call the surgery before making an appointment or attending the practice with someone else as new screening measures are in place.
 
* Greater Sydney area
* the Central Coast
* Illawarra-Shoalhaven
* Nepean Blue Mountains

NEW GP FOR TSAJ

Dec 15, 2020

The Surgery at Jerra is happy to announce we have another GP starting in February 2021. Dr CK has been working in a general practice in Goulburn for the past five years. Before that he worked in the Emergency Department at Wagga Base Hospital.

Dr CK gained his medical degree in 2005 and went on to do post-graduate studies in anaesthetics. He attained a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney in 2015 and received his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2019. Dr CK has also gone on to be an accredited as a skin cancer doctor from the Skin Cancer College at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr CK replaces our beloved Dr Suzanne Ward who retires at the end of this year.

Appointments for Dr CK will open early in the new year.

 

Christmas Newsletter edition

Dec 07, 2020

Well, it’s been a stressful year for everyone. From all of us here at The Surgery at Jerra, we hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas break. Above all else, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season. During the festive season, The Surgery at Jerra will still be open but with limited hours.

SO LONG DR SUZANNE


After 8 years at The Surgery at Jerra and just a few more as a GP before that, Dr Suzanne Ward is hanging up her stethoscope and swapping it for gardening tools. Our beloved Dr Suzanne is retiring to spend more time with her family and pottering around in her large veggie garden. She has won many awards for green thumb.Please wish her well. Her last official day is December 31st. However, we may see Dr Suzanne next year as she helps out with flu vaccinations.

DR HEIDI IS ON HIATUS

Due to family reasons, Dr Heidi has cut all her normal sessions at The Surgery at Jerra and will only be doing Saturday relief shifts for other doctors from time to time for the foreseeable future.We do hope Dr Heidi will return to us as per usual in due course.

STAY TUNED FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A NEW DOCTOR COMING TO TSAJ.

NEW FACES AT RECEPTION

We have three new receptionists at the practice but you’ll still see all the old faces as well.

Laura Thompson comes to us after five years working for a cosmetic surgeon. She has a young family and lives in Bungendore.

Lara Davie has a few years of GP medical reception under her belt and has two very active teenagers who go to school locally.

And Bodine Saari, is a nursing and paramedicine student who’s cutting her teeth in health care with us.

Please make them all feel welcome.

TELEHEALTH

Our telehealth policy has changed.All telehealth bookings must be made over the phone.Please ring the surgery on 6255 8112 to see if you are eligible for a telehealth consultation. Of course, there are still recommendations for people at risk or vulnerable to Covid-19. Telehealth is not designed to replace the normal model of good patient care, where patients go to their family doctor. In some instances, the GP may need you to come in for a face-to-face consultation to ensure you have the best level of care.

NEW LOOK WAITING ROOM

Shortly, The Surgery at Jerra will get a little makeover. We are re-painting and re-carpeting the entire practice as well as changing over the waiting room and patient chairs. We will try to do this after hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this freshen up may cause.

SEASONAL STRESS

For many people, the festive season is an exciting time to celebrate and catch up with family and friends. For others, it can be a very stressful time. Financial issues, family conflict and loneliness can increase stress for people with anxiety or depression in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. Beyond Blue has some festive management strategies to help you deal with the holiday season. More detail can be found on its website.

1.Plan ahead to make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed or burnt out. If you are spending Christmas alone, take your mind off things by allowing plenty of time for activities you enjoy.

2.Change your expectations–It’s ok to say no to things. You have the choice how to spend your time off.

3.Stay in the present–if you feel overwhelmed, practise mindfulness, slow breathing and other coping strategies.

4.Get support–it’s important to reach out to talk to someone. It could be as simple as sending a text or message on social media. If you are feeling sadness or grief, share your memories and tears, if you can. It’s also OK to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.

The mental health professionals at the Beyond BlueSupport Service are available over the holiday period 24/7 on 1300 224 636

TSAJ FEE INCREASE

Nov 24, 2020

As of 30 November 2020, consultation fees at The Surgery at Jerra will increase slightly following the recent release of the Australian Medical Association’s fees list.
 
Our consultation fees take into account the increasing cost of running a medical practice, including rising medical insurance and other indemnities; 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, Jason Lee.
 
Standard consultation – $84
Longer consultation – $130
Saturday consultation – from $99
 
Concession card discounts are available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
All fees are payable at the time of consultation.
 
NOTE: A cancellation fee of $50 may apply for any appointments cancelled or moved within two hours of the original booked time.
 
A full fees list is available on request from reception.
 
Thank you for your understanding.

DID SOMEBODY SAY FROCKTOBER?

Oct 22, 2020

Dr Penny Gosling has been leading the charge for Frocktober at The Surgery at Jerra.

The month-long ‘dress up’ is to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

There is no early detection and unfortunately, an Australian woman dies every 8 hours from this disease.

The average 5-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46%.

Historically, about 70% of women diagnosed will sadly find they are already in the advanced stages of the disease.

You can make a donation towards research and awareness at TSAJ reception or on the Frocktober website under our team. (link below) The surgery has donated $200 to the cause as well.

https://www.frocktober.org.au/my-fun…/…/the-surgery-at-jerra