We are expanding!
We are excited to advise that we are expanding and will open our new branch surgery at 80 Belair Road, Hawthorn. We anticipate that the new surgery, which was previously a radiology practice, will open in May 2020.
Many of our doctors will rotate between the existing Unley branch as well as our new Hawthorn branch.
Dr Dom Panozzo’s patients in particular may find the Hawthorn branch more convenient to attend than our Unley branch.
In the first half of 2020 we will be undertaking some building additions to our Unley branch to improve our staff facilities while later in the year Unley branch will have a major makeover of patient facilities and amenity.
We always welcome new patients at Unley and will do so at Hawthorn.
We would also welcome new GPs who may wish to join us at either Unley or Hawthorn branch.
Our mission is to provide patients with the kind of healthcare that we expect for ourselves. To do this we recruit and retain high quality GPs who align with our mission and values.
We offer fit for purpose facilities (which are soon to be further improved), services and technology in a doctor owned and led medical centre with full time professional practice management, reception and administration support. We understand what GPs want and need.
Interested GPs can call Martin Turner, our Business Manager on 8373 0355 or 0428 956 850 to arrange a no obligation and confidential discussion about a well-rewarded career change with us.
Intravenous Iron Infusion
We now provide iron infusions to patients who have low levels of iron in their body. Iron infusions are given via an intravenous drip and provide a rapid delivery of iron, and replenishment of iron stores. Please call us on 8373 0355 to make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your needs.
Are You Iron Deficient?
Iron infusions are so important! Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia.
If you have an iron deficiency, it means you have low levels of iron and essential minerals in your body. The body needs iron to make haemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood to all of the cells in your body. The body cannot make iron.
If your iron or haemoglobin levels are low you may feel unusually tired and have difficulties concentrating and being able to function normally. Very low levels of iron can lead to a condition called anaemia.
It is important to treat iron deficiency to bring your levels back to normal. If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, your GP may recommend an intravenous iron infusion.
What is an intravenous iron infusion?
An intravenous iron infusion is a simple procedure performed in our consulting rooms by our Nurse Manager.
It involves a needle being placed into a vein in your arm or hand for the iron solution (iron and saline) to drip (infuse) into your blood stream. Each treatment will take approximately 60 minutes. You will be monitored closely during this time.
Why do I need an Fe Infusion?
Fe (IRON) infusions are used when a patient has had blood tests performed that prove iron deficiency and/or anaemia. Sometimes this is attributed to blood loss or other reasons.
How will I feel during and after the procedure?
Patients may experience feelings of a ‘heavy’ arm during the procedure. Other temporary side effects can include a metallic taste and flu-like symptoms for one to two days after the procedure. Any side effects generally ease over a number of days. If you have any concerns, please speak with your GP.
How much will an iron infusion cost?
An iron infusion will cost $90. There is no Medicare rebate.
Additionally there will be a fee for the GP consultation. The maximum fee for this consultation will be $132.60. The actual fee may vary depending on your GP.
How is iron deficiency diagnosed?
Your doctor will be able to diagnose iron deficiency from a simple blood test to check the levels of iron in your blood. If the results of the blood test show low iron levels, your GP will investigate the cause.
Dr Tim Goh
We are delighted to welcome Tim back to our Centre. Having previously undertaken twelve months' training with us as a Registrar Tim completed his formal training at an Adelaide Hills clinic and has now chosen to commit long term to Malvern Medical Centre. He recommenced practicing with us in early August.
Tim graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013. Since then he has worked in a variety of hospitals including Flinders Medical Centre and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has also worked in general practice in the southern suburbs of Adelaide and, as noted, in the Adelaide Hills. Tim has interests in geriatric medicine, mental health and sports medicine.
No Jab - No Play
From 1 January 2020, early childhood services providers will be required to collect immunisation records for attending children as part of the first of the two ‘No Jab No Play’ laws presented in parliament in South Australia.
Under Phase 1, parents and guardians are required to provide their child’s immunisation records to their child’s early childhood service at;
- The time of enrolment
- After the child turns 7 months of age but before the child turns 9 months of age
- After the child turns 13 months of age but before the child turns 15 months of age
- After the child turns 19 months of age but before the child turns 21 months of age
- After the child turns 4 years and 2 months of age but before the child turns 4 years and 8 months of age.
This law will give the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) the power to request these records in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease at an early childhood service and will allow the CPHO the power to exclude a child from the centre.
Under Phase 2 of No Jab No Play, it is proposed that children must be appropriately immunised, on a recognised immunisation catch-up program or be exempt for medical reasons, in order to enrol or attend early childhood care services. At present Phase 2 is under review following community consultation.
Meningococcal B Immunisation Program - update
Adolescent/young adult catch up program
Individuals aged 17 to less than 21 years of age at the start of the adolescent catch up program on 1 February 2019 have until 31 December 2019 to commence the catch-up program.
Those who receive their first dose before the end of the catch-up program will be eligible to receive funded vaccine to complete the course.
From January 2020, funded meningococcal B vaccine will only be available for the childhood program (at 6 weeks, 4 months and 12 months of age) and in the School Immunisation Program for Year 10 students only.
For more information or assistance please contact us on 8373 0355.
Patient Survey and Feedback
The Royal Australian College of General Practice standards emphasise the importance of patient-centred feedback. Accordingly Malvern Medical Centre conducted a patient survey late last year the results of which have recently become available. We are delighted with the overall positive feedback but recognise we can always improve and are striving to do so. Please click on the link below for a summary of the results.