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The Flu Season
The Flu , is a virus infection that causes fever, tiredness, muscle aches, headache and cough.
The flu generally makes you feel much worse than the common cold does, and can also lead to more serious health problems.
Because older people are particularly susceptible to complications from the flu, such as pneumonia , and even death, vaccination against influenza is recommended for all Australians aged 65 and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over. (Indigenous Australians should be vaccinated from a younger age because their risk of pneumonia and death is much higher than that of other Australians.)
Free influenza vaccine is available for these groups of Australians at Old Bar Medical Centre.
Talk to your doctor for more information and to find out if you meet the full eligibility criteria .ph: 6553 7600.
Herpes-zoster (Shingles) is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. Initial symptoms of shingles can include headache, fever, flu like symptoms and malaise (general feeling of uneasiness). A stinging or burning sensation may appear on the affected area before the appearance of the skin rash (normally within 1-2 days of the initial symptoms).
Shingles is a vaccine preventable disease. Immunisation against shingles is achieved by a dose of the Zostavax® vaccine which can be given to adults 50 years and over.
We have achieved accreditation
To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, the recognised national standard for general practices, that provides a template for quality care and risk management.
The AGPAL accreditation program was developed to provide a range of minimum expectations for patients surrounding safety and care by assessing the practice environment and their processes. Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Areas of focus during an on-site assessment for accreditation include: ensuring vaccines are within their use-by-date and stored at the correct temperatures, that the practice equipment is clean and sterile, practice staff are up-to-date with their training, and the practice has emergency care available.
Accreditation is attainable only through cooperation and communication between staff members.
"Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the RACGP Standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice," added Dr Choong.
Old Bar Medical proudly displays the AGPAL Accredited Symbol for all their patients to see.
“We want community members, nationwide to know that their wellbeing is our priority. By choosing to attend an accredited practice, patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the RACGP Standards.”