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Written by   |   Monday, 24 January 2022 13:45

RTH would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. COVID - the gift that keeps giving! 2022 has seen record numbers of cases.  We hope those of you affected are recovering quickly.  A quick update in relation to stock of the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer and Rapid Antigen Tests. 

COVID-19 Vaccine- Children aged 5-11 years old 

Paediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer are available now for those aged 5 - 11 years.

  • We have very limited stock allocation of just 50 doses per week 
  • The interval for doses is 8 weeks. Please ensure you book both dose 1 and 2 at the same time. 
  • If there are no available appointments online please check back later. We are only opening up a few weeks in advance until we are certain that the supply is stable. 

We understand parents are anxious to get their children vaccinated before school resumes. We are doing what we can with the supply we have. If you are able to access the vaccine earlier at a hub or pharmacy we encourage you to do so. 

Booster doses- Pfizer 

Booster dose clinics remain available. Click the link to book now 

Who is currently eligible? 

  • Patients who are 18 years and older and who received their second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago. 
  • Severely immunocompromised patients who have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago.

Positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)?

Most people can be safely managed at home with rest, fluids and paracetamol. Please ensure you are registering your positive result with the Service NSW website or App. 

People at a higher risk should consider booking a Telehealth (Video) appointment with their GP to ensure the best care. 

This includes those who: 

  • are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated
  • are aged >65 years
  • are pregnant
  • have comorbidities 
  • have significant frailty or disability
  • have severe mental health conditions. 

Vaccination after COVID 19 infection

If you are due your initial or booster vaccine, it is safe to have them as soon as you are feeling well and out of isolation.  It is also reasonable to wait a few months if you prefer as you will have good cellular immunity from the recent infection.  It is believed that immunity is likely to be reduced by 6 months so we would strongly encourage you to have the vaccination by then.

If you are at all concerned please book a Telehealth (Video) consultation with your GP now

For further information please go to NSW Health website

Written by   |   Monday, 10 January 2022 11:26

Positive RAT? 

Most people can be safely managed at home with rest, fluids and paracetamol. Please ensure you are registering your positive result with Service NSW website or App. 

People at a higher risk should consider booking a Telehealth (Video) appointment with their GP to ensure the best care. 

This includes those who: 

  • are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated
  • are aged >65 years
  • are pregnant
  • have comorbidities including

- lung disease, such as COPD, asthma or bronchiectasis

- cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension

- obesity (body mass index > 30kgs/m2)

- immunocompromising conditions

- have chronic kidney disease

- have diabetes (type 1 or 2)

- have liver disease

- have significant neurological disorders, such as stroke or dementia

- suffer from some chronic inflammatory conditions

  • have significant frailty or disability
  • have severe mental health conditions. 

If you are at all concerned please book a Telehealth (Video) consultation with your GP now

Written by   |   Tuesday, 04 January 2022 10:31

Bookings are now available online for COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11 years starting January 2022

  • We have very limited allocation of 50 doses per week
  • We will open up only a few weeks in advance until we are certain that the supply is stable
  • More clinics will open up mid January 
  • Please book both dose 1 and 2 at the same time (interval is 8 weeks)

Please note our online availability is accurate. If you are not able to secure a booking please check back again in a week. 

Written by   |   Thursday, 16 December 2021 10:42

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Written by   |   Wednesday, 15 December 2021 10:40

The approved interval for a COVID-19 Booster dose has been reduced from 6 months to "from 5 months". This means that those at high risk of exposure can access a booster earlier than the expected 6 months. A few things to consider: 

  • This brings forward eligibility for over 4 million people however our vaccine stock will not arrive until after Christmas
  • Our mass clinics are scheduled for mid-late January onwards- you can book an appointment here
  • Patients wanting a booster before then can access one at your local pharmacy
  • Any updates will be posted here and on our facebook page here
Written by   |   Monday, 22 November 2021 13:31

We are excited to bring you the latest news from RTH.

New doctor 

We have a new practitioner joining our team. Dr Krishna Ghosh has worked in general practice for over 10 years and has a keen interest in Women’s health with a particular focus on perimenopause and menopause. She will be working 2 days a week and alternate Saturdays. Click here to book.

Return to face to face consultations 

As COVID-19 restrictions have eased in the community, they also have at RTH. Face to face appointments can now be booked online without having a telehealth first. We do however strongly encourage you to utilize our convenient video appointment option wherever possible.  This way we can minimize the number of patients in the  building at any one time.. We thank you for your patience during this time. It is important we remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms please do not attend the clinic. Telehealth appointments remain available and we encourage you to utilize this service- It remains the safest way to have a consultation with your doctor.  

Skin checks 

As we come into the summer months we wish to emphasize the importance of skin checks and sun safety. Dr George Marshall will be focusing specifically on Skin health in the coming months. Keep an eye on our website and facebook for further information. If you are at all concerned about a skin lesion or have never had a skin check before, book an appointment with one of our skin doctors today. 

Booster doses- Pfizer  

ATAGI have announced eligibility criteria to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination. Rozelle Total Health is committed to ensuring our patients have access to this. 

Who is currently eligible? 

  • Patients who are 18 years and older and who received their second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago. 
  • Severely immunocompromised patients who have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago.

Availability

We currently have availability on 25 November and 16 December. If you are booking in for a booster dose please ensure you are following the above guidelines. If you are unsure whether you’d like to receive a booster dose feel free to book an appointment with your regular GP to discuss. 

Please note we will be opening up regular clinics in the new year commencing January 2022 when most of our patients will fall due. We will ensure that those who are wanting a booster dose are able to receive it here at RTH. 

COVID-19 Vaccine- Children 

We expect an announcement from ATAGI in the coming weeks relating to the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged 5 -11 years. Keep an eye out on our website and facebook page for updates. We will advise you when these clinics are available to be booked online.   

Last but not least-Merry Christmas! 

We may be jumping the gun slightly as it isn’t even December but Woolies have already put up their Christmas decorations a month ago so we thought we’d get in the spirit too.   

What a year it has been! We want to thank you all for choosing RTH. We are honoured we were able to continue caring for our community during what was a very difficult year. We are very much looking forward to 2022 and all the new and exciting things we have planned for RTH. 

Like you, we will take a much needed break to connect with our loved ones. We will be closed for all NSW public holidays. Otherwise we will remain open to look after you and yours. Our standard opening hours will vary over the holiday period. We will post these on our website and facebook page closer to the time. 

We would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.  We hope you are able to connect with your family and friends over the break. Stay safe.

Written by   |   Thursday, 11 November 2021 09:01

ATAGI have announced eligibility criteria to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine. Rozelle Total Health is commited to ensuring our patients have access to this. 

Who is currently eligible?

-  Patients who are 18 years and older and who have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago. 

- Severely immunocompromised patients who have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago. 

What does severely immunocompromised mean? 

Patients with the following immunocompromising conditions:

- Blood-related cancers 

- Recipients of a solid organ transplant with immunosuppresive therapy.

- Patients currently taking immunosuppressive medications

- Stem-cell transplant recipients 

- Long term renal dialysis 

Availability 

We have opened up availability on the 25 November and 16 December. Please click this link to book and select COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic- BOOSTER DOSE- Pfizer 

Please note we will be offering further clinics in January 2022. 

Children turning 12 

If your child is turning 12 in November or December we will contact you to offer an appointment at the appropriate time. 

If you are unsure if you're eligible for a booster vaccine please book a telehealth consult with your regular GP here

 

Written by   |   Wednesday, 06 October 2021 14:08

Hi There,

We are now accepting bookings for patients seeking a second dose of Pfizer at RTH, while stocks last.

To date we have administered over 4000 COVID-19 vaccines since April 2021. We want to thank you all for coming forward to help protect our community. We understand that some of you may have accessed the vaccine elsewhere and are waiting longer than 21 days to receive your second dose of Pfizer. We would be happy to assist you in this regard and have availability in the next 2 weeks.

If you have had your 1st dose of Pfizer and are now due for your 2nd (3 weeks since your first dose) please follow this link and select the Second Dose Pfizer appointment type to book

Please note you MUST provide a copy of your vaccination certificate prior to your appointment. This is available via your medicare online app or website. If you do not provide us with a copy we will not be able to vaccinate you. This is a requirement of being a Government approved COVID-19 vaccine provider. 

Please email a copy of your vaccination certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the time of booking. We will update your file accordingly. Please also ensure that you complete the consent form as soon as possible. This will be sent to you in an email from HotDoc.  

Let’s get the Inner West to 80% double vaxxed! 

Thank you 

The team at Rozelle Total Health

Written by   |   Friday, 27 August 2021 13:47

Rozelle Total Health wants to ensure you have the latest news and updates about the COVID Vaccines. 

Written by   |   Thursday, 01 July 2021 16:13

COVID Vaccination Update-  July 2021- Pfizer

Rozelle Total Health has been selected by the government to provide our patients and community with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination. We will commence Pfizer vaccinations on 8 July 2021 in line with government regulations. 

The following people are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All adults aged 40-59
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 59
  • NDIS participants, and carers of NDIS participants, aged 16-39
  • Temporary visa holders aged under 50 years who are currently in Australia and have been approved for return travel to Australia through the travel exemption process
  • Quarantine and border workers under 60
  • Health care workers under 60
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff under 60
  • People aged 16-59 with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16-59 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
  • Individuals under 60 with an Australian Border Force outwards travel exemption in an eligible category

Only the eligible patients will be offered the Pfizer vaccination. If you are over the age of 60 years you are advised to have the AstraZeneca vaccine as per ATAGI guidelines.  Your last chance to get your AZ vaccine at RTH is Sat 10 July, please book now to avoid disappointment.  You will be directed to a vaccine hub after this date.

All patients who have had a first dose of AZ should continue with the second dose of AZ as per ATAGI advice

Important Points

Please confirm your eligibility here before booking an appointment

  • Our appointment availability is limited by vaccine availability
  • There is no waiting list. All appointments will be made available online as stock is delivered each fortnight. Bookings can be made here
  • These appointments will run to a strict time schedule. Please bring your valid Medicare card and/or other form of ID to your appointment and wear appropriate loose fitting clothing to allow us to access your left shoulder in a group setting. You will be vaccinated in groups of 5 people and be required to wait 15 minutes post vaccination to watch for any adverse reactions.
  • You must book your second dose when you book your first. The interval for Pfizer is 3 weeks apart. You will automatically be directed to a date 3 weeks from your first dose appointment- please do not deviate from this. 
  • Your appointment is for the vaccination only. If you have any questions, concerns or are unsure if the vaccination is right for you, please call us on 02 9087 4600 or book an appointment via HotDoc with your regular GP on a day any time prior to your vaccination appointment. Please follow this link for up to date information about the vaccine. 
  • You will be required to complete a consent form. This will be sent to you via email from HotDoc once your appointments have been booked. You must complete this as soon as possible. You will not be vaccinated if this is incomplete. 

At this time we request you do not call reception in relation to booking appointments. All appointments will be made available online. You may need to check back at a later date as more appointments become available. Keep an eye on our website and like us on Facebook for updated information. 

We thank you for your patience whilst we manage and oversee this extensive and unprecedented immunisation roll out. 

Rozelle Total Health

Written by   |   Friday, 18 June 2021 17:28

The ATGAI have released new recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine. You can read their statement here

The recommendation states those under the age of 60 years are to receive the Pfizer vaccine. At this stage the government has not yet supplied us with Pfizer. You will be notified via email if this changes. We continue to administer AstraZeneca. 

We are in the process of contacting patients who are under 60 years who are booked in for their first dose of AstraZeneca. We will be cancelling these appointments as per the recommendation. 

Please note the ATGAI have stated if you have already received your first dose of AstraZeneca it is advised that you also receive your second dose unless you’ve had a severe reaction. 

We apologise for any inconvenience. 

 

Rozelle Total Health

Written by   |   Monday, 17 May 2021 15:43
As of 17th May 2021 we will be accepting bookings for Phase 2a of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. If you are eligible for Phase 2a of the roll out you can now book your appointment online here.  If you are unsure of your eligibility please use this eligibility checker before booking your appointment. Please note we only have supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 
 
We continue to have limited number of doses being supplied to us and appointments will only become available when stock is on hand. This will avoid last minute cancellations.  If you can not see any available apppointments when you try to book we suggest you try again weekly until you secure your dose.
 
If you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine please click here for up to date information or book a telehealth appointment with your GP to discuss further.
Written by   |   Friday, 30 April 2021 16:11

You will have heard that Australia has both the COVID vaccine and the Flu vaccine available at the same time. This is important for protecting ourselves and our community in 2021. The flu vaccine is not new and if you would like to read more on this year’s vaccine please check the information here

Our aim is to vaccinate as many patients as possible in the safest manner. We will only be able to vaccinate you when you are certain you are ready to have the Flu vaccine. If you are unsure or you have questions about the vaccine, please book an appointment to discuss this with your usual GP. If you are ready to book an appointment you can now do so online through HotDoc

The Federal Government provides Flu Vaccines at no cost to those who:

➢ Are aged between 6 months and 5 years, or 65 and older 

➢ All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

➢ Pregnant women (at any stage) 

➢ Heart conditions 

➢ Chest or Lung conditions 

➢ Neurological symptoms 

➢ Diabetes type 1 and 2 

➢ Kidney disease 

➢ Long term aspirin treatment in children 6 months to 10 years of age  

If you are not eligible for the government funded flu vaccine private vaccines are available at a cost of $20.  

Thank you,

Rozelle Total Health

Written by   |   Thursday, 22 April 2021 19:04
We are now accepting online bookings for the COVID-19 vaccination via HotDoc. If you are eligible for Phase 1b of the rollout you can now book your appointment online here.  If you are unsure of your eligibility please use this eligibility checker before booking your appointment.
 
Please note: we have a very limited number of doses being supplied to us at this stage and appointments will only become available when stock is on hand. This will avoid last minute cancellations.  If you can not see any available apppointments when you try to book we suggest you try again weekly until you secure your dose.
  
We will be running early morning covax clinics fortnightly on a Thursday.  These are outside of usual hours so we can maintain social distancing and ensure routine patient care is not disrupted. Your second dose will be administered on a Saturday afternoon 12 weeks after your first. Please ensure you book this second appointment as your first dose appointment will not be confirmed until you have booked your second.  Once booked you will receive an email with important information about your visit and a link to your online consent form. You are required to complete this.
 
If you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine please click here for up to date information or book a telehealth appointment with your GP to discuss further.
Written by   |   Tuesday, 06 April 2021 09:08

What causes abdominal bloating?

Contrary to what many people believe, bloating is not necessarily due to too much gas in the stomach. Researchers have performed studies on patients who feel bloated using CT scans, and shown that they often do not have any more gas in the belly than people who have no symptoms. Excessive gas production probably plays a part, but does not explain the whole picture.

Written by   |   Friday, 26 March 2021 16:19

Rozelle Total Health has been selected by the government to provide our patients and community with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.  

As of the 29th March, we will be a registered COVID-19 Vaccine clinic and we will commence vaccinations in line with government regulations.

Important points: 

  • We will commence COVID Vaccination clinics as of Wednesday 31st March 2021. 
  • The vaccination is free for patients with a valid Medicare card
  • The first priority group (1b) is patients 70 yrs and older, patients with chronic/serious health conditions, Health care workers not in phase 1a and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 55 years old. 

Only these patients are eligible for the vaccination at this stage. Others will be notified and vaccinated at a later date. 

  • At this stage we will be receiving only 50 doses per week for Phase 1B. We expect this number to increase.  
  • Initially we will be contacting our 80 + year old and most vulnerable patients first to book an appointment for the vaccine. Please do not call the surgery inquiring about where you are on the list as we can assure you we will get to you in due course. There is no waiting list. 
  • These appointments will run to a strict time schedule. Please bring your valid Medicare card and/or other form of ID to your appointment and wear appropriate clothing to allow us to access your left shoulder in a group setting. You will be vaccinated in groups of 5 people and be required to wait 15 minutes post vaccination to watch for any adverse reactions. 
  • Your appointment is for the vaccination only. If you have any questions, concerns or are hesitant about the vaccination, please call us on 02 9087 4600 or book an appointment online via HotDoc with your regular GP on a day any time prior to your vaccination appointment. Please continue to educate yourself about the vaccine by reading  COVID-19 vaccination | healthdirect

 

At this time we request you do not call reception in relation to booking appointments. We will be accepting online bookings for the vaccine through HotDoc soon. Keep an eye on our website and like us on Facebook for updated information.

 

Your care is important to us and we are always striving to be of service to you. However, we do ask for your patience whilst we manage and oversee this extensive and unprecedented immunisation roll out. 

Thank you,

Rozelle Total Health

Written by   |   Wednesday, 17 March 2021 10:17

We are pleased to advise that Rozelle Total Health has been approved to deliver COVID vaccinations to our community. The rollout will be staged as per the Dept of Health and we will be starting with the phase 1b.   

Please note - We have not yet received any vaccination stock!  

We are busy planning how best to deliver the vaccine to you safely and quickly so please do not phone us at this stage regarding vaccination. We will notify you as soon as we are ready to take bookings.

While you are waiting - we suggest you take the time to inform yourself about the vaccination, and check your eligibility,  so you are ready to act when the time comes. 

If you wish to discuss your personal circumstances, or need help deciding what is right for you, we recommend booking an appointment with your GP.

To stay up to date please visit us here on the website or follow us on facebook 

 

Am I eligible for stage 1b vaccination? (click).

Click here for more information about Covid vaccination.

Written by   |   Saturday, 23 January 2021 13:56
RTH is keeping a close eye on the upcoming release of a COVID vaccine. The indications are that approval of a vaccine is fast approaching and will start to become available in the first half of 2021. 
RTH is committed to helping our community move beyond this pandemic and will do what we can to assist our patients in accessing the free COVID vaccine. We will keep you all informed as information comes to light 
The release of the vaccine will be completed in stages. The most vulnerable people will be vaccinated first. There will be guidelines which we will have to comply with. We continue to wait for further information from NSW Health. 
To receive updated information make sure you like us on Facebook. Please also share this message with anyone you know who might benefit from the information.
 
Thank you for continuing to help stop the spread
Written by   |   Tuesday, 06 October 2020 11:43

Government changes to MBS funding for telehealth came into effect on 1 October 2020.

Rozelle Total Health continues to offer care to our patients both face to face and via telehealth.  We are pleased to offer this choice so patients may elect to access care in the mode that best suits their circumstances.  There are some clinical settings where a face to face appointment may be required to complete the assessment.  There may also be circumstances where we request you do not attend a face to face appointment (eg you or your GP may be infectious) and you will be offered a telehealth consult. 

We are pleased to advise that medicare rebates remain available for telehealth consultations provided the patient has been seen in person at the practice at least once in the preceding 12 months.  Private fees are applicable to all consultation and we are not able to offer routine bulk billing.  The government requirement to bulk bill certain patients due to COVID has been removed and the payments to GPs for doing so have ceased.

We are a privately billing practice and the fees remain the same for both face to face and telehealth consultations. Payment is required on the day of service.  Where you start with a telehealth consult but are required to attend for a face to face review on the same day - you will only be charged once.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with our service team.

Regards

Rozelle Total Health

 

 

 

Written by   |   Wednesday, 29 July 2020 20:34
Did you know?
Some changes have been made to patient eligibility for telehealth rebates.
 
The Government has stipulated that as of Monday 20 July, Medicare rebates for telehealth are only available if patients have been seen at the practice face to face at least once in the preceding 12 months.
To ensure our patients have a variety of options when choosing how to best access health care we will continue to offer both telehealth and face to face consultations. Medicare rebates are available for eligible patient appointments. If you are unsure about your eligibility for a rebate please phone our reception team to book.
If you have not been in in the past year you may still book a private telehealth appointment for your convenience (no rebate). You may elect to come and see us in person – this will make you eligible for telehealth for the next year.
Do not attend the clinic if you have a flu like illness - please call ahead to discuss your options if you develop symptoms prior to your appointment.
Please note that the COVID19 situation is rapidly changing and we need to respond in turn. Should the situation in NSW escalate we will need to revert back to telehealth across the board for all new appointments.
 
Now might be a good time to come in for that check up!
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