VACCINE UPDATE JULY, 2022
Flu vaccines are available to our regular patients- they are free until 17th July. 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).
A Winter Covid-19 Vaccine booster (4TH SHOT) – THREE months after your last covid vaccine is available to all: Patients over 30; patients with a disability, Immunocompromised patients or patients with chronic conditions ( eg: diabetes) over 16. If you have had the covid-19 INFECTION, you also need to wait THREE months before you receive your NEXT booster. The flu vaccine can be administered on the same day as the Covid -19 booster.
1st BOOSTER Covid-19 Vaccines are available to all people over 16 years of age, THREE or more months after your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 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 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 immunocompromised 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 THREE months after that i.e FIVE SHOTS in total.
For more details about the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, please view our Covid-19 VACCINE INFORMATION PAGE which has many useful links.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update JULY 2022
With Covid-19 infections on the rise in the community, if you test positive, and are over 70 or have chronic conditions or are pregnant, please don’t delay calling the surgery for a phone consultation. RAT tests may be unreliable, if you are sick and your RAT is negative- PLEASE HAVE A PCR TEST.
There are now medications available to help fight Covid if you are over 50, immunocompromised or pregnant. To be eligible, these patients, need to prove a positive test and start treatment within the first five days of symptoms, so please don’t delay calling the surgery for a phone consultation.
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.
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.
Generally, bulk billed telehealth consultations are available to ALL patients of the practice who have been seen in the last 12 months; however face to face appointments are preferred for problems that are not Covid-19 related.
NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19. 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.
For any other updates from Florence St Family Practice please view the NEWS tab.
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
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6pm
Saturday 8.30am – 12noon
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.
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.
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 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.
You can contact your doctor by ringing during surgery hours.
Emergency calls will always be put straight through.
- 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
- Nutrition advice, weight control, Iron infusions
- Stop smoking assistance
- Diabetes management
- Sclerotherapy of leg veins
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 and Veteran Affairs cardholders are bulk-billed.