08/Sep/2021

Over the past 18 months we’ve all had to adjust to a new way of life. One of the major aspects that has changed is how we receive our health care. The health care industry has quickly adapted to the challenge, but it’s been a hard road for both practices and patients.

At Hamilton Medical Centre, we put your safety first, always. We have measures in place to ensure that we minimise risks to patients, practice staff and the community. These measures may mean that you receive your health care via an unconventional method, and we certainly understand that this can be a daunting experience.

We’ve been utilising new forms of technology to help ensure that you as a patient are receiving high quality of care, regardless of whether you attend the practice in person, via video chat, or over the phone.

Please be assured that our doctors are in the practice and are ready and able to see you for an in person consultation should that be necessary. Please discuss this with your doctor during your next consultation.

If you have any questions regarding our appointment policies during the pandemic, please email the practice manager on admin@hamiltonmedical.com.au


05/Aug/2021

Given the latest health advice for the Hunter region, we have made some changes to the entry requirements to Hamilton Medical Centre. Please take note of the following if you have a face to face appointment in the practice.
 
1. When you arrive for your appointment, please stay in your car and call us on 49611713. This will ensure we do not have too many people in the waiting room. Our staff will provide further instructions at this time.
 
2. Where possible, come alone to your appointment. Please ask family members to remain in the car.
 
3. Where possible, only 1 parent per child should attend.
 
4. When you are asked to enter the practice, please do so via the lift only, do not use the stairs.
 
5. Please check in using the QR code provided. If you do not have a smart phone, our staff can assist you with this.
 
6. Please wear a mask at all times while in the practice.
 
7. Please maintain strict social distancing, and use hand sanitizer frequently.
 
We thank you for understanding during this tough time.
 
If you need further advice regarding the lockdown or COVID-19, please see the infographic below.

21/Jul/2021

Patients are advised that when seeking a medical certificate for work or school, to please ensure that you are not asking for one for a date that has already passed. GP’s are legally unable to backdate medical certificates, so it’s very important that you speak with or see your doctor on the day you need the certificate. When booking an appointment, please ensure you advise reception that you are seeking a medical certificate, so that we can do our best to fit you in on the day.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please phone the practice on 02 4961 1713 or email us on admin@hamiltonmedical.com.au.


19/Jul/2021

From Monday 12 July, it is mandatory to check in using the Service NSW app when entering Hamilton Medical Centre. The QR code for Hamilton Medical Centre is available at the base of the stairs, in the lift, and in the reception area. Please show staff when checking in for your appointment. If you are unable to check in using the Service NSW app, our staff can assist you with this using an alternative method. Please advise us at the time of your arrival. We thank you for your understanding.


19/Jul/2021

We are pleased to advised that Dr Michalski will to return to work on Monday 26 July 2021. Patients are now able to book with Dr Piotr using the online booking service, or by phoning the practice. Please be advised that this return date may change, but is valid as at Monday 19 July 2021. At this time, Dr Piotr will be accepting both face to face and phone appointments Dr Piotr is also accepting New Patients.

We look forward to having Dr Piotr back in the office.


28/Jun/2021

Per the recent advice from NSW Health, Hamilton Medical Centre is requesting that all patients and visitors to the practice wear a mask. This is for the protection of other patients, staff and the wider community. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. We are also asking all patients to maintain strict social distancing while in the practice.


01/Jun/2021

Laverty Pathology have reopened their collection centre within Hamilton Medical Centre. Hours of operations are Monday to Wednesday 8am – 12pm.

Services performed include:

General blood tests

Urea Breath Tests (bookings required)

Glucose Tolerance Test (bookings required)

For questions, or to make a booking, phone 4969 6683


25/Mar/2021

Hamilton Medical Centre will receive 50 vaccines per week, starting from the week of Monday 12 April 2021

Having a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one way we can protect our community against coronavirus. COVID-19 vaccines help to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19, and they are free for everyone in Australia. Hamilton Medical Centre is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Vaccine rollout

COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases, with those most at risk receiving their vaccinations first. Phase 1b began on Monday 22 March 2021 in General Practices around the country. Each week, more and more practices will be added to this phase.

The Phase 1b rollout includes the priority population groups below:

  • People aged 70 years of age or older;
  • Health care workers;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years;
  • Younger people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability; and
  • Critical and high-risk workers, including Australian Government officials about to be deployed overseas on official government business.

To find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine now, visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

 

Booking your appointment

COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free. When it is your turn to get vaccinated, our practice will contact you directly, via SMS or phone call. We have identified hundreds of patients who are eligible during Phase 1b, and with only 50 vaccines per week, it will take us time to get to each person. Please, try to be patient, and understand that we are working hard to ensure the most vulnerable patients in our community are prioritised. Please do not phone the practice requesting to book a vaccine appointment unless you have specifically been directed to do so by our staff.

 

Preparing for your vaccination

Before your vaccination appointment, you should make sure your details are up to date with Medicare.

If you don’t have your account set up, you can:

  • enrol in Medicare, if you’re not already enrolled.
  • set up your Medicare online account if you’re enrolled in Medicare, but don’t have Medicare linked to myGov.
  • get an Individual Health Identifier (IHI), if you’re not eligible for Medicare.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine, for example the influenza vaccination, in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

To keep you and our community safe, before and after vaccination, it is important that you continue to:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people and avoid handshakes and contact with people outside your household.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home until your results come back.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
  • Always cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue and put the tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app to help health officials let you know if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.health.gov.au

 

Post-vaccination

After receiving any vaccine, you may experience minor side effects. Most side effects are mild and last no more than a few days.

Common reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations include:

  • a sore arm
  • headache
  • low level fever
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • tiredness, or
  • joint pain.

You can use the COVID-19 vaccine side effects symptom checker if you have concerns about any symptoms after your vaccine. The checker is also available through the National Coronavirus Helpline, 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day.

 

Who to contact

You can ask your doctor for specific advice about side effects. Please call us if you would like to book an appointment.

If you think a COVID-19 vaccine has caused a side effect, you can report it. Reports of suspected side effects help the TGA monitor COVID-19 vaccine safety. Our [practice/clinic] can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on your behalf, or you can report your side effects yourself. Visit the TGA website to find out how.

 

Post vaccination resources

The Department of Health has developed resources about what you can expect after your vaccination. You can access these resources here:

Patient resource – After your COVID-19 (AstraZeneca) vaccination

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/03/covid-19-vaccination-after-your-astrazeneca-vaccine-covid-19-vaccination-after-your-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccination.pdf

For more COVID-19 vaccine related resources, visit the Department of Health website.

 

More information

After your COVID-19 vaccination, it is important that you continue to protect those around you by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • keeping 1.5m from others
  • making sure the COVIDSafe app is active on your phone
  • staying informed about local restrictions.

17/Mar/2021

Our practice fees are changing from 1 April 2021. This is the first change since July 2020, and is a decision we’ve made in light of cost increases in the last few months. We regret the need for this and aim to keep our services affordable for all patients, however Medicare rates alone do not allow us to run an efficient and effective practice. Private fees are necessary for us to continue to provide all patients with a high standard of care, and as such we’ve had to increase ours.

As always, we provide bulk billing for those aged 15 and under, and those aged 65 and older. Concession card holders continue receive a discount on the private fees.

You can see the full list of fees on our ‘Fee’ page

Should you have any queries, you may phone or email the practice, or speak with your doctor.


03/Mar/2021

Update from PBS for consumers:

Active Ingredient Prescribing

The goal of Active Ingredient Prescribing is to help people understand what medicines they are taking. Under new medicine regulations, doctors must include the active ingredient names when preparing prescriptions for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation PBS (RPBS) medicines. This will mean most medicines will be prescribed by their active ingredient, not the brand name.

Activities to Support Consistent and Standardised Medicines Information

Active Ingredient Prescribing is part of a wider government initiative to ensure consistent and standardised medicines information, to support safe and appropriate use of medicines.

Consumers’ ability to identify a medicine’s active ingredient is critical for medicine safety. Confusion surrounding the active ingredients in medicines poses significant risk to consumers. Research indicates that many consumers only know their medicines by their brand name, and can easily take multiple doses if they are prescribed two different brands of medicine containing the same active ingredient. This risk is increased for elderly or chronically ill patients who often take a number of medicines.

What is an Active Ingredient?

Active ingredients are the chemical compounds in medicines that have an effect in the body. Essentially, these are the chemicals in the medicine that make it work. The introduction of Active Ingredient Prescribing will mean these active ingredients are easier to identify on prescriptions.

When will Active Ingredient Prescribing begin?

The Department of Health has changed legislation to require the inclusion of active ingredients on all PBS and RPBS prescriptions, except for:

  1. Handwritten prescriptions;
  2. Paper based medication charts in the residential aged care sector;
  3. Medicinal items with four or more active ingredients; and
  4. Other items excluded for safety or practicality reasons.

The new legislative requirements for PBS prescriptions are mandatory from 1 February 2021. From this date, all eligible PBS and RPBS prescriptions will need to include the active ingredient, followed by brand if the prescriber believes it is clinically necessary. Consumers will start to notice active ingredient information on their PBS and RPBS prescriptions over the coming months.

Benefits of Active Ingredient Prescribing

  1. Consumers being able to identify their medicine’s active ingredients reduces the risk of people taking multiple doses of medicines because they accidentally take different brands with the same active ingredient.
  2. Consumers will be better informed about the medicines they are taking.
  3. The changes are also likely to increase the uptake of generic and biosimilar medicines, leading to the reduction of out-of-pocket expenses for the consumer.
  4. Active ingredient information will now appear on prescriptions, medicines packaging, pharmacy dispensing labels and in My Health Record Shared Summaries.
  5. Prescribers can still prescribe a brand of medicine if they believe it is clinically necessary and can include brand names on prescriptions along with the active ingredient.
  6. Consumers will still be able to choose the brand they want when they get their medicines from their pharmacy.


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