Dr Polly King has moved to Beechworth from Darwin and is a permanent addition to our practice. Polly will be consulting 3.5 days per week.
Dr Klasine Visscher started in February as a GP Registrar. Klasine is from Finley in NSW, so is certainly familiar with our region. A GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who has elected to specialise as a General Practitioner.
With the addition of these 2 doctors we are back to a complete team. Thank you for your patience as we have worked through periods where appointments were in short supply.
If you have a regular or predictable need to see one of our doctors, eg for scripts or regular review, then please book as soon as you can to lessen the risk of not getting an appointment when you need it. If you have booked an appointment you no longer need, please let us know as soon as possible so that it can be reallocated to someone else. The daily on-call doctor is always available for urgent consultations where your regular doctor is fully booked.
There are some changes to the flu vaccine arrangements for this year which you may have heard about in the press.
Vaccination timing - One of the recommendations is to start the vaccination process a little later to better cover the flu season which is June to September. For us this means the vaccinations will start in late April.
Ages 65 or older - The federal government has introduced a new vaccine only for those aged 65 or older to provide greater protection from the flu.
Ages 5 to 65 - The regular vaccine will apply for those aged 5 to 65. For those with a chronic disease the vaccine will be free.
Young children - The Victorian government is funding a free flu vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years 11 months old. Once the vaccinations are available we will let you know.
The Federal government has made the Shingles vaccine, Zostavax, available free to those aged between 70 and 79. We have been progressively contacting those eligible but if you would like to pre-empt this, please discuss with your doctor next time you see them. Note that eligibility for the free vaccine will change in 2020 to be limited to those turning 70 years of age.