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Changes to Pap tests

Pap tests are changing. See our latest news section below for more details.

 

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Latest news

Here’s the latest medical alerts and tips for general well being below.

National Immunisation Program Schedule changes

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From the 1st of July 2018, The National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule have implemented changes to the Childhood Immunisation Schedule to improve protection against meningococcal, pneumococcal and haemophilus influenzae type B diseases. The changes include:

  • At 12 months of age, children will receive a meningococcal ACWY vaccine (replacing meningococcal C vaccination);
  • At 18 months of age, children will receive the booster Hib vaccine dose, protecting against haemophilus influenzae type B (previously given as a combined vaccine with meningococcal C at 12 months)
  • At 2,4 and 12 months of age, children will receive a pneumococcal vaccine (instead of at 2, 4 and 6 months)

In addition, maternal pertussis (dTpa) vaccination for pregnant women has been listed on the NIP to guarantee its ongoing access and availability.

For further information and resources

The resources are available for download or order online though the Department of Health website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Technical Advisory Group Information for Immunisation Providers: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources?f%5B0%5D=field%20audience%3A446

NSW Health Immunisation Schedule Changes FAQ’s: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schedule-changes.aspx

Or ring the Bermagui Medical Centre on 02 64934903 and talk to one of our nurses!

Changes to Pap tests

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From 1st December 2017 two yearly pap tests will be replaced by five yearly cervical screening tests.

Women aged 25 to 74 are eligible for cervical screening tests every five years under the new cervical screening program.

The sample is collected the same as a pap test, however the test will be for human papillomavirus (HPV) which is known to cause 99% of cervical cancers.

If HPV is found on the test, a cytology slide is prepared and examined under a microscope for abnormal cells. Cytology slides are also prepared for women who have previously had abnormal pap tests or who have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding.

Once the testing is complete, your doctor will receive the result with a risk category to indicate when you should have your next test.

All results are sent to the National Cancer Screening Register, should you wish to opt-out, you need to call the register on 1800 627 701.

If you would like more information please contact the surgery or see the Dept of Health Cancer Screening website here.

Influenza is circulating in the community

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NSW Health have advised that influenza is circulating with cases increasing over the past few weeks.

Immunisation remains the best way to prevent influenza illness and vaccines are available at the surgery.

Symptoms of influenza include fever and chills, muscle aches and joint pains, extreme tiredness and cough. Children may also have vomiting and/ or diarrhoea.

Influenza is spread mainly through contact with droplets made when an infected person coughs or sneezes, infectious droplets can also be picked up from  surfaces where they have landed.

The best way to minimise the spread of infectious droplets is to  cover you mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly, stay at home until you are well and make sure if you are coming to the surgery you let reception know that you are unwell so we can take precautions to avoid spreading the virus.

Further information is available on the NSW Health Flu page www.health.nsw.gov.au/flu

Have you registered for “My Health Record” (eHealth)

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My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Ask our friendly staff to find out more information.

To register click the link below,

https://myhealthrecord.gov.au/internet/mhr/publishing.nsf/Content/home

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