Are your expectations of your general practice high enough?
Here’s what I’ve learnt from talking to the most innovative, caring and compassionate practice owners and leaders around the world:
General practices are an amazing powerhouse for not only providing you compassionate, comprehensive and personalised health care when you visit,
Providing proactive outreach care that is targeted at keeping you well even when you’re not physically at the practice.
At Rosedale Medical Practice West Pennant Hills, it’s an approach we call “Care Outside the Box”, and something we strive to deliver on each and every day
Hint: We have a long way to go, and we aim to get even better at getting better.
Here’s what we think great care should look like:
“…care that warms your heart as soon as you enter,
extends well beyond the four walls of our practice.”
What is YOUR practice doing for you?
Is it time to raise the bar?
Will you demand better for you and your family?
✅ A great relationship with your general practice is a wise investment in your health, as well as the health of your family
✅ GPs can help you with a broad range of health concerns, including your physical, mental and emotional health
✅ A great way to plan your first consult is to ask for a general health check
#anewkindofcare #careoutsidethebox #betterhealthstartshere #yourpartnerinhealth #teamrosedale #generalpractice
Updated ATAGI advice 17/6/2021
The summary below has been provided to general practices by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly. It has been prepared to assist in our communication with patients with questions about the COVID-19 Astra Zeneca Vaccine.
What is the new ATAGI advice?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years.
This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is preferred you get the Pfizer vaccine.
Why has the advice changed?
ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought.
I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose?
No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned.
To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.
I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?
If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, I can book an appointment for you to see your doctor.
I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me?
Yes, the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you.
The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over.
Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.
I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do?
If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of
AstraZeneca, it is recommended you cancel this booking.
You can schedule an appointment at a Pfizer vaccination site. If you need to find the site closest to you, you can use the vaccine eligibility check on health.gov.au
Where can I get a Pfizer vaccine?
Some Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics are currently providing the Pfizer vaccine, along with many state based clinics All CVCs and many General Practices will have the Pfizer vaccines during June and July.
To book an appointment, you can use the vaccine eligibility checker. You can find the checker on health.gov.au
If an appointment is not available right away, new clinics and appointments are being added regularly, so you can wait a few days and check again.
I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now?
If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.
Please click here for more information.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Primary Care Nurse Consultant Jane Bollen and GP Dr Chris Bollen to teach at our practice yesterday.
Jane and Dr Chris have a special interest in the care of older people, and taught us about healthy ageing, with a specific focus on identifying, preventing and managing frailty in our day to day practice.
Jane previously worked at Allenby Gardens Family Practice in Adelaide running a nurse led (team-based care) “Healthy Ageing Clinic”.
We learnt many valuable lessons that will form part of our quality improvement initiatives as a practice, and that will help us in achieving our objective of “keeping older Australians independent and safe in their own homes”.
#collaboration #teambasedcare #careoutsidethebox #templateofthefuture #pcmh #transforminghealthcare
We’re delighted to welcome Dr Anish Ahmed to Team Rosedale.
Team Rosedale is growing!
We’re super excited to announce that our new and very lovely GP, Dr Anish Ahmed, has joined team Rosedale.
Having owned his own friendly family practice in North East London, and more recently in Sydney’s Kirrawee, Dr Anish appreciates the importance of maintaining the highest standards of personalised patient care.
Dr Anish’s patients describe him for being extremely thorough, approachable, friendly and for his ability to go on the journey with his patients.
He believes the true reward in general practice is being able to build lasting relationships with patients and this is why he has joined Rosedale Medical Practice.
Dr Anish has a wide range of special interests, including child health, the management of chronic conditions, aviation medicine, and prevention.
Away from work, Dr Anish enjoys spending quality time with his family and is dad to 3 children. He loves travelling the world, and is a passionate “foodie”. He has a particular interest in languages and hopes to one day be able to study a foreign language.
We hope that you’ll join us in making Dr Anish feel welcome to the Rosedale family.
#teamrosedale #careoutsidethebox #transforminghealthcare #meettheteam
We’re super excited to welcome Vinita Deshpande to Team Rosedale.
Vinita is a very talented, experienced and passionate Clinical Pharmacist who will be assisting our patients with a range of health care services.
She will begin by helping us to achieve our objective of “keeping older Australians independent and safe in their own homes”.
She will do this by offering a combination of comprehensive health assessments, medication reviews and education to our patients over the age of 75.
Vinita’s role will help to move Rosedale Medical Practice into a brave new future of collaborative, team-based care where a diverse team of experts work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients and community.
Please join us in welcoming Vinita to our team.
The Australian government has made some changes to the way the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out.
Here’s what we understand so far.
What are the changes?
1️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have not yet received the Astra Zeneca vaccine, you will most likely receive the Pfizer vaccine instead.
2️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have received the first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine already, you can still receive your second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine
3️⃣ If you’re over 50 years of age, the Astra Zeneca vaccine remains the recommended option
There have been a small number of cases of blood clots around the world. They are rare but serious. They seem to be more common in younger people. They could possibly be linked to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, but we’re not yet sure. The Australian government is taking the above actions to be safe.
What do I need to do?
At this stage, if you are under 50 years of age we suggest you discuss your risks with your GP before you consider having your COVID-19 vaccine.
This is early advice and we will keep you informed once we know more.