VACCINE UPDATE 28TH MARCH, 2022

Private and Publicly funded Flu vaccines are now available to our regular patients. Please phone for an appointment.

A Winter Covid-19 Vaccine booster – four months after your last covid vaccine is currently available to: Patients over 65; Patients in residential age or disability care facilities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50 and Immunocompromised patients over 16. (If you have had the covid-19 infection after your first booster then you also need to wait four months before you receive your Winter booster). The flu vaccine can be administered on the same day as the Covid winter booster if you are eligible.

For patients over 18 yet to be immunised- Novavax vaccine is available. Please register your interest by phoning the surgery. For more information re Novavax, please read: Information on Novavax Vaccine and After your Novavax Vaccine

Florence St Family Practice is a registered Covid-19 vaccine provider. Pfizer vaccination is available to all patients at the practice over the age of 5 . Patients are advised to phone for an appointment (as we do not have online appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine clinics).

Pfizer vaccinations for children age 5-11 are still available, please read and download the attached consent form for children age 5-11:

COVID-19 vaccine information and consent form for parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years

1st BOOSTER Covid-19 Vaccines are still available to all people over 16 years of age, THREE or more months after your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The date of your second vaccine is on your COVID-19 digital certificate. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended as boosters in Australia.  Appointments for boosters are available by telephone. A booster dose helps to strengthen your immune system and improve your long-term protection against serious illness from the COVID-19 virus. Boosters are free. You will need to bring proof of vaccination for dose 1 and 2 to your booster appointment if you did not obtain your vaccinations with us.

ATAGI also recommends a 3rd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine in severely immunocompromised populations to maximise the level of immune response to as close as possible to the general population. This is NOT a booster dose and is available 2-6 months after your second dose. To find out if you fit into the severely category or need advice on timing, please organise a phone consultation with your GP or specialist. People who are recommended to receive a third primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are advised to have a 1st booster dose THREE months after their THIRD primary dose and an additional Winter booster four months after that.

For more details about the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, please view our  Covid-19 VACCINE INFORMATION PAGE which has many useful links.

For any other updates from Florence St Family Practice please view the NEWS tab.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update April 2022 

With Covid-19 infections on the rise in the community, if you test positive, and have chronic conditions or are pregnant, please don’t delay calling the surgery for a phone consultation. Please view our Covid-19 Information Page for more information on management and other resources.

All patients are reminded to continue to wear a mask when attending the practice. We have a COVID Safety plan which involves mask wearing and hand sterilisation on entry, QR codes are no longer required.

If you are unwell, particularly with respiratory symptoms i.e runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, headaches etc. get tested and please PHONE the surgery for a bulk-billed telephone consultation, the doctor will then assess if you need to come in. Covid-19 can also present with diarrhoea so we ask that these patients also PHONE the surgery for a telephone consultation first. Please DO NOT WALK-IN without an appointment. For more information please view the Video and Telephone Health Call tab.

If you are feeling very unwell– difficulty breathing, chest pains… call 000 for an ambulance.

Generally, bulk billed telehealth consultations are available to ALL patients of the practice who have been seen in the last 12 months. Face to face appointments are also still available for problems that cannot be addressed over the phone and are not Covid-19.

NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19. Anyone who has been in a hotspot location should also be tested. For more information, check the Service NSW app for testing sites or call the COVID hotline 1800 020 080 or contact the surgery.

NEW PATIENTS are advised to phone for an appointment rather than booking on-line.

Florence St Family Practice

Suite 6, Ground Floor
32 Florence St
HORNSBY NSW 2077

Telephone:  (02) 9476 2255
Facsimile:    (02) 9476 3355

Find us on the web: www.florencestfamilypractice.com.au

or on Facebook. Online Appointments are available

Dr Ines CIBASEK
MB BS (Hons) (NSW), FFPA

Dr Yvanne DIEP
MB BS (Syd), FRACGP

Dr Pam GOODWIN
MB BS (Syd), MGPP (Monash), Grad. Dip FM

Dr Geoff LE MARNE
MB BS (NSW), FACPsych Med

Dr Hema LOKU
MB BS (Hons), DMRT (Lond), FRACGP

Dr Noor MAKHIJA
MB BS (JCU), FRACGP, Dip. Child Health

HOURS
Monday to Friday   8.30am – 6pm
Saturday               8.30am – 12noon
Sunday closed

APPOINTMENTS
Appointments can be made online or you can ring  for an appointment.
If you need more time with the doctor, please tell the receptionist when you make your booking.
Urgent medical problems will always be dealt with promptly.

HOUSE CALLS
The doctors are available for home visits to regular patients if they are too sick to come to the surgery. Please phone the surgery in the morning so that house calls can be made at lunchtime.

AFTER-HOURS
When the surgery is closed, please ring 9476 2255 for instructions on how to get after-hours care OR you can call the:
Home Doctor Service- they provide telephone advice and after hours Home Visits if required for our surgery Ph: 13 SICK (7425). In an emergency however, ring 000 for an ambulance.

OUR PRACTICE
Our friendly reception staff are available to make bookings or help in any way.
Our practice is committed to preventive care. Doctors of this practice urge you to be included in our reminder system.
We  aim to provide high quality ongoing medical care. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your care we are keen to know about it. We welcome the opportunity to improve our service.
All patient information and medical records are strictly confidential.

TELEPHONE CALLS
You can contact your doctor by ringing during surgery hours.
Emergency calls will always be put straight through.

SERVICES AVAILABLE

  • Home visits
  • Check-ups, ECGs, blood tests
  • Family planning, Pap smears, Pregnancy tests, Ante-natal care, Implanon insertion and removal, Mirena IUD (removal only)
  • Counselling, psychology services
  • Immunisation: children, adults
  • Travel medicine
  • Minor surgery: stitching cuts, removing moles, skin cancers
  • Liquid nitrogen ‘freezing’ therapy for sunspots and warts
  • Dermatoscopy: skin checks
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Nutrition advice, weight control, Iron infusions
  • Stop smoking assistance
  • Diabetes management
  • Sclerotherapy of leg veins

FEES
Fees are payable at the time of consultation. They may be paid by cash, cheque, MasterCard or Visa.
Staff can assist with Medicare rebates in the surgery using Medicare Easyclaims.
Standard consultations for Pensioners, Children under 15, Veteran Affairs cardholders and health care cardholders are bulk-billed.