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What if I Test Positive to Covid-19?

Dear Patients,

First of all, on behalf of the team at Lane Cove Doctors Medical Centre, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and we hope 2022 brings you good health, peace and abundance of joy.

With the rapid rising number of Covid-19 cases recently, we understand that you may be feeling anxious and unsure about how to manage if you test positive for Covid-19. This email provides some basic information and links to resources from NSW Health Department on the steps to take should you, a family member or a friend of yours be confirmed Covid-19 positive. We hope this information is helpful in assisting you to navigate through this unprecedented time.

Am I a high or low-risk patient?

There are a range of factors that increase the risk of serious illness should you contract Covid-19. Please refer to the link below for more information.
https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/advice-for-groups-at-risk

Should I manage my illness at home once I have confirmed Covid-19 positive?

NSW Health website states “If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you can safely manage COVID-19 at home”. Please refer to the fact sheet below for more information.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-confirmed.aspx

Please contact NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or our clinic at (02) 8319 8888 to speak to one of the doctors if you are pregnant or have chronic conditions.

When can I be released from isolation?

The isolation period is 7 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19. AFTER 7 days, you can leave isolation if you have had no sore throat, runny nose, cough, or breathlessness in the last 24 hours of your isolation period. However, you should avoid visiting high risk settings such as healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities until more than 10 days and have no symptoms over the last 72 hours. Therefore, if it is less than 10 days from the day you test positive and you have any questions or feel unwell and need to talk to one of our doctors, please call our practice at (02) 8319 8888 and DO NOT attend the practice in person. Please refer to the link below for more information.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/recovery.aspx

Who do I keep updated?

For your safety, NSW Heath advises you to appoint a support person during the isolation period. Please nominate a family member or friend, inform them you have Covid-19 and request them to contact you daily at agreed times to obtain an update of your conditions. Please take note this support person is not allowed to visit you in person.

Who do I call if I need assistance when isolating from home?

If you are self-isolating at home, you may call the NSW Health Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or call our clinic at (02) 8319 8888 and ask to speak to one of our doctors. If it is a medical emergency, call 000 immediately and notify the help line you have Covid-19.

In addition to the above resource, here is the link to a useful resource from RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m2KEgdgKvLJQwedErpPH2KsKSGa_19i7/view?usp=drivesdk

Please check our website regularly for child vaccination and booster appointments. We encourage you to check our website and book online instead of calling the practice as we are experiencing staffing shortages and a high volume of phone calls. Your cooperation is much appreciation.

Please take care and stay safe.

Best wishes,

The Team from Lane Cove Doctors Medical Centre

Covid Booster Vaccinations Now Available – Book Online

Note: We are currently experiencing high demand for Booster Vaccinations, and deliveries are delayed due to the holiday period. Please check back online regularly to see if additional sessions have opened up. We are currently booked up until early February.

Lane Cove Doctors Medical Centre is now offering a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to individuals aged 18 and over at 5 months after their 2nd dose. This booster shot is important for strengthening protection against the virus and helping to protect you and your family.
 

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People aged 18 years and older may receive a booster at least five months after receiving their second dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines registered for use in Australia (Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna). The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be offered as the booster dose, regardless of the Covid-19 vaccine received for the first or second dose. If you had a severe reaction to an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) such as anaphylaxis or heart inflammation or you prefer to have the Astrazeneca vaccine and you had Astrazeneca for your first 2 doses, please make an appointment to discuss this with one of our GPs.

You can find the date of your 2nd dose on your Covid-19 Digital Certificate in the NSW Services app or Medicare app and if you require assistance, please contact the practice.

You may find more information about booster vaccination at NSW Government Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/vaccine/Pages/booster.aspx

To secure your future appointment, please book your Covid-19 Booster now by clicking on the Book Appointment button on our website. Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community.

Pack yourself a filling lunch fast



With the hustle and bustle of work building up over the week, we feel like there’s less and less time to prepare lunch for work. It comes as no surprise when we grab something convenient from the nearest food outlet.

The downside? These options can come served in large portions with excess added salt, sugar and unhealthy fats instead of the nutrients we need to stay energised and full for the rest of the day. Buying lunch also takes time to line-up, order and wait for our food to be made. This leaves less of our lunch break to sit, chew and enjoy our food, a key experience that starts the process of proper digestion and lets our brain know we are full.

To solve this dilemma, use this four-step guide to pack a filling, healthy and delicious lunch, fast.

STEP1: VEGETABLES

Take advantage of pre-packed salads or microwavable vegetable bags and fill half of your lunch with a good hit of fibre that adds “bulk”. The stretching of our stomachs from fibre signals to our brain we are full, making our meal much more satiating. Certain fibres, like those in asparagus and beetroot, also feed our good gut bacteria. When well-fed, they release appetite-regulating chemicals that can stave-off hunger-pangs and unnecessary snacking too soon after our lunch.

STEP 2: PROTEIN

Next, include a serve of lean protein. This is essential for longer lasting satiety as protein increases the production of hormones which signal long-term fullness to our brain. Aim for a palm-size and look for quick options like canned tuna or salmon, boiled eggs and ready-to-eat lean roasted chicken or falafels. 

STEP 3: LOW GI CARBOHYDRATE

Round out your meal with carbohydrates that have a low Glycaemic Index (GI). This means it is broken down into glucose slowly, providing our brain a sustained stream of fuel to power through the 3pm slump. Make use of high-fibre wholegrain breads and wraps, microwave grain cups and even canned legumes.

STEP 4: HEALTHY FAT

Finish with a dash of healthy fat for flavour (i.e. fun). Ensuring your packed lunch is tasty gives it a fighting chance against highly-palatable takeaway options. Healthy fats are also needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like those found in tomato, capsicum and leafy greens. Sprinkle a handful of nuts for crunch, spread a creamy hummus in your wrap or whisk extra virgin olive oil-based with balsamic vinegar to perfectly coat salad vegetables.

Next time you plan to head to the food court, try these four steps and see how you feel. You might just find the staff kitchen cookies aren’t calling your name come mid-afternoon.



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The Ins-and-Outs of PrEP

WHAT IS PrEP?

“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, with “prophylaxis” meaning “to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.” PrEP is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV infection take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming HIV infected. The pill is contains two antiviral medicines that are also used to treat people who already have HIV infection. These are the same drugs used to suppress the virus in people living with HIV.

WHO SHOULD TAKE PrEP?

The effectiveness of using HIV antiretroviral drugs as PrEP has been established by clinical trials conducted in gay men, heterosexual adults and injecting drug users. PrEP can be considered for people in these populations who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, such as gay and other homosexually active men who are having multiple events of condomless sex.

HOW DO I START?

You will need to see a GP who will chat to you about your sexual history and discuss PrEP to see if it’s right for you. If you are eligible to start PrEP, the doctor will provide you with a script which can be filled at your local pharmacy for a subsidised price.

REGULAR MONITORING & FOLLOW UP.

People taking PrEP medication need to have a check-up every 3 months when STI & HIV testing together with a blood test for kidney & liver function will be done.
More Information is available here.