Phone 03 5754 3400
Caring for the Upper Kiewa Community since 1956
03 5754 3400
0830 - 5.00 Mon-Fri
10 - 12 Saturday
If you have a medical emergency phone 000 immediately. If you need to see a Doctor outside of Clinic Hours please phone the hospital on 03 5754 3500.
A nurse will triage and contact the Doctor on call if required.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Please keep our staff, patients, and the broader community safe by abiding by all our safety precautions. If you have symptoms such as: cough, tightness of breath, runny nose, or sneezing please DO NOT enter the practice. Tell the receptionist when booking your appointment or call us from the carpark when you arrive at the practice. The doctor may decide to complete your consultation over the phone or in the car park. If you come into the practice, use the hand sanitiser at the front door and keep your distance from other patients and receptionists. Our practice has put protocols in place to ensure we are as safe as possible. Please keep us all safe.
Winter approaching can mean colds and flu will become more common. We REALLY need to know if what you are experiencing is a common cold, flu or Coronavirus.
If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or achy body symptoms please ring the Medical Centre or the Hospital (on the weekends) to discuss an EARLY Coronavirus test. This may be done by “drive through” testing at Wodonga Hospital or for those who can’t get there easily there are limited testing facilities at the Mount Beauty Hospital.
TELEHEALTH AND TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS
We are currently offering telehealth and phone consultations to all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is by appointment and our staff will determine your eligibility by asking you some questions when booking your appointment. Currently we are bulk billing all telehealth and telephone consults but this is subject to change. We prefer that you book a telehealth appointment. So if you have a device with camera, speakers, microphone and internet connection, such as a smart phone/iPhone, Tablet or computer, 5 minutes before your appointment time; Go to mbmc.com.au, on the left-hand side of the webpage there is a link ‘telehealth’, which takes you to the health direct page where you can access our virtual waiting room. You will be able to see and speak to the doctor and the doctor will be able to see and speak to you. Please ask the receptionist if you are not sure how it all works.
MOUNT BEAUTY DOCTORS PROVIDE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK ONCALL
Mount Beauty Medical Centre is providing our community with 24/7 oncall which means that there is a Mount Beauty doctor on call every night, all weekends and all public holidays. If you need to see a doctor after hours, please phone the hospital on 03 5754 3500 and a nurse will triage you. All after hours consultations will incur a fee.
WELCOME BACK DR DALY
We are very lucky to be welcoming back Dr Samantha Daly! She will be doing some sessions for us from June. Many of you will remember that Sam worked here as a registrar in 2018. She moved into Wodonga to complete her training and diversify her skills, working at a bigger clinic, doing more work in the maternity ward and in an aboriginal health service. She also has continued playing hockey both regionally and internationally. Welcome back Sam.
MEDICAL INTERN PLACEMENT
Our Medical Intern for 2020, Dr Jonathon Holt has commenced work in early June. Jon will be here for a 20-week GP rotation and is a qualified Doctor working under the supervision of our senior doctors. Jonathon lives in the Kiewa Valley with his partner. Welcome to our practice Jon.
We have now vaccinated the majority of patients that are eligible for free government funded flu vaccines. If you are over 65, a child under 5, pregnant or have a chronic health condition that affects your lungs or airways and have not yet had a flu vaccine please contact reception and they will determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible for a government funded vaccine and wish to have a flu shot, please call us and our receptionists can talk you through the process of getting one.
10 YEARS OF SERVICE
Normally when staff meet a big milestone, I write about it in the newsletter, but this time its my milestone! I have now worked at the Medical Centre for 10 years, and boy, what a great 10 years its been. In that time, I have worked at both Falls Creek and Mount Beauty Medical Centres, I have graduated university, bought a house, gotten married and had two lovely children, who are both now at primary school! This is truly a wonderful place to work with supportive employers and co-workers, but I am very much looking forward to using some long service leave! Jasmin.
MY HEALTH RECORD
ALL Australians now have a “My Health Record” unless they choose to opt-out. It is an online summary of your key health information, it may include:
· An overview of your health uploaded by your doctor
· Hospital discharge summaries
· Reports from tests and scans
· Medications your doctor has prescribed
· Medicare and Pharmaceutical benefits scheme information
· Organ donation decisions
· Immunisation history
Your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere at any time – even if you travel interstate. Which means that in an emergency, healthcare providers can access important information about you, which may save your life. It also means you don't have to remember the names of your medications or recent tests you may have had.
PACE (Pulmonary and Caridac Exercise and Education program)
The PACE program has commenced being funded by Murray Primary Health Network through Alpine Health. This program involves development of a Cardiac / COPD rehabilitation clinic using group exercise programs. You can learn more about Alpine Health's PACE Program here. If you are interested in being involved please talk to your doctor.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that we bulk bill all young people who live in the area and are still at school? We need their medicare number and if they are a minor, the medicare number, name and date of birth of a parent. We can then transmit the account directly to Medicare so there is no out of pocket expence.
Did you know that Mount Beauty Medical Centre doctors are on-call afterhours 75% of the year – every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, every public holiday, every day over the Christmas and Easter periods and every third Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. If you ring the hospital, the nurse will triage you and contact the doctor if needed or requested.