Information for Pensioners/Health Care Card Holders

Current Medicare rebates do not reflect the cost of delivering a comprehensive quality medical service. The bulk billing incentive is being reduced from 1 January 2020 and because of this, we have taken the difficult decision that we will no longer be able to bulk bill pension and health care card holders from this date.

The gap fee of $15 Monday to Friday will be a substantial discount compared with the usual gap for non- concessional patients of $37.70. Full payment of the consultation fee is expected at the completion of your medical appointment and the Medicare rebate can be paid directly into your account. Weekend appointments are generally billed the standard fee for all.

As a Medicare Card holder, you are automatically enrolled in the Medicare Safety Net program. Once your out-of-hospital (GP and specialist consultations, radiology and pathology) total gap payments reach a certain threshold in a calendar year, you will automatically receive back 80% of any further gap payments made during that calendar year.

Doctors may consider reduced fees or bulk billing for an individual consultation if exceptional circumstances exist, please discuss this with your GP.  Thank you for your understanding.


Christmas 2019 Opening Hours

Surgery Hours during the festive period

Tuesday 24th 9.00am-12.45pm

CLOSED DECEMBER 25TH/ 26TH

Friday 27th 9.00am-12.45pm

CLOSED DECEMBER 28TH /29TH

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st 9.00am-12.45pm

CLOSED 1ST JANUARY and Re open as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2020

Outside of our Surgery Hours please call – Family Home Doctor 1300 695 628 or National Home Doctor 13 74 25 – FOR EMERGENCY CALL 000

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year


Reminders and result follow up

We are now using SMS reminders through HotDoc for health reminders and appointments.

Please update your mobile telephone number at your next appointment.
Should you wish to opt out of this service please let us know.

Thank you


2019 Flu Vaccines

Influenza vaccines are now available, call the surgery on 8278 8900 to book your vaccination with Sue the Nurse.

After hours Flu Clinic –  Tuesday 7th May 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Private flu vaccines $18.00
Government funded flu vaccines are for over 65’s, medically at risk and pregnant women.

 


Meningococcal B Immunisation Program

The Meningococcal B Immunisation program for 17-20 year olds starts 1st February 1st 2019.

Students in years 10 and 11 will be offered vaccines during the School Immunisation program in 2019.

The vaccine for those aged 17 to less than 21 will be available in the surgery at no cost until 31st December 2019, please phone 8278 8900 to make an appointment.


Changes from 1st July 2019

From 1 July 2019, our practice is no longer able to bulk bill patients with Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards. The gap fees will generally be at a concessional rate of $22 Monday to Friday. Full payment of the consultation fee is expected at the completion of the appointment. Our practice has Medicare Easyclaim which allows the Medicare rebate to be paid directly into your bank account via EFTPOS almost immediately.

No bulk billing will apply to Saturday morning appointments for all patients including concession card holders and children under 16.

If you have extenuating circumstances please discuss these with your treating GP.


State Funded childhood influenza program

A State funded childhood influenza program was announced and commences from the 1st May.

The program is offered to children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age.
For the first time receiving influenza vaccine children eligible for this program require 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart.

Please ring the surgery to make an appointment with Sue the Nurse.


Flu Season is coming

Influenza vaccines are available from 19th April 2018, call the surgery on 8278 8900 to book your vaccination with Sue the Nurse.
Private flu vaccines $18.00
Government funded flu vaccines are for over 65’s, medically at risk and pregnant women.

To give the best protection for the season, it is not recommended to have before late April


World Antibiotics Awareness Week 13 -19 November 2017

Before Antibiotics, infection was a leading cause of death.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics has led to antibiotic resistance, where antibiotics lose their effectiveness.  Help us to lessen the threat of antibiotic resistance by practising good hygiene to prevent the spread of infection and speak to your GP about whether antibiotics are necessary if you develop an infection.


Meningococcal B Vaccine

The Bexsero Meningococcal B Vaccine is now widely available on prescription following recent shortages.

Please speak to your GP now about meningitis vaccines especially for age under 5 and 15-19 years.