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Caring for the Upper Kiewa Community since 1956
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Dr Anoop to complete further studies
Dr Anoop will be taking 2017 off to complete anaesthetic training in Wangaratta with a plan to return to Mount Beauty Medical Centre early 2018. If his studies allow, Anoop may also fill in at the Medical Centre on the odd occasion through the year. We wish Anoop and Reetisha all the very best for 2017 and look forward to seeing them both back in Mount Beauty in 2018.
DR LAUREN TANZEN
We are excited to announce that Dr Lauren Tanzen will be starting work early February as our General Practitioner Registrar. You may already know Lauren as she is a local resident who also worked as our Medical Intern for 20 weeks in 2015. Lauren will be involved in all aspects of our practice including oncall, afterhours, nursing home sessions, ward rounds, vaccinations, health assessments, and management plans. Lauren will be open for appointments from February 6th, 2017.
WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEW MEDICAL STUDENTS
We would like to welcome our two new medical students for 2017 – Hugh Bismire and Melissa Huggins. Hugh and Melissa are very keen to become part of our medical team and will be assisting with all aspects of patient clinical care. We hope that you will be happy to see Hugh or Melissa as well as show them what a great community we have. Hugh and Melissa will be available for appointments early March. We know that you will make them feel welcome.
Shingles vaccine free for 70-79 year olds
The shingles vaccine is provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 to 79 years, subject to vaccine supply. We have organized two “shingles vaccination clinics” over the past month to those patients aged between 76 and 79 years and will be contacting patients in the 70 to 75 year age bracket in early March (subject to vaccine supply) Shingles cause a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. The risk of Shingles increases as a person gets older so we hope that if you fit into the age group that you take advantage of the free vaccine.
Over the next few weeks we will be replacing the carpet in the waiting room, corridors and some consulting rooms, purchasing medical and computer equipment for our new rooms and changing some of our doctors room allocation. We will be so happy (and relieved) once the renovations and changes have been completed. We hope that you will accept our apologies for any inconvenience occurred during the past few months and appreciate your patience.
MOUNT BEAUTY MEDICAL CENTRE ACCREDITATION
During 2017 we will be going through the process of achieving accreditation of Mount Beauty Medical Centre (this occurs every 3 years). The accreditation process involves passing a complex set of standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practice and takes around 9 months to complete. The accreditation process includes providing relevant staff training, updating protocols and policies and strict adherence in areas such as sterilisation, infection control and patient privacy. We also are required to do a patient survey which allows our patients to comment on specific aspects of our practice including staff efficiency, services provided and general comments on how we treat our patients. We hope that you will be willing to offer your suggestions and ratings when requested.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON “MEDICARE REBATE FREEZE
The Federal Government's freeze on Medicare rebates will directly impact on you. The freeze will mean that the rising costs of providing a Medical service over the next 3 years will be passed onto you. Any fee increase will incur a larger gap payment. We encourage all of our patients to send a letter of complaint to the Minister of Health and there is one ready for your signature on the front desk. If you care about the increasing cost of medical services, please fill out the letter and we will send it for you.
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE YET?
Don't forget that it is really easy to check out what appointments are available over the coming months by logging into our website www.mbmc.com.au and clicking on the “click here to make an appointment online”. It is very easy and only takes a couple of minutes. Once you have registered (you only need to register once) you will be able to make your own appointment.