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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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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

Impending Retirement of Dr Vandenbergh

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After long and careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from general practice after no fewer than 44 years in various roles in primary care medicine. Effective date will be August 25 2017.

The decision was far from easy, but the prospect of battling inequitable government policies – a series of decisions which over time have eroded the manner in which doctors should be able to work, with a fair Medicare rebate so patients may obtain the best care with minimal impact on their wallets – is becoming increasingly unappealing.

Inevitably, the current Medicare and regulatory environment in which we are supposed to, and do, deliver the very best patient care, is having its impact on the work environment and practice as well. This, understandably, creates its own stresses, which after all these years I find increasingly difficult to cope with.

Overall, my time as a GP has been a very gratifying one, and I shall miss the patients who have made it all so worthwhile for so long. However, the time has come to look after myself and my family, and enjoy a few more years of productive retirement with them, and enjoy my grandkids and my little sailboat.

I wish to thank my patients for having put their trust and faith in me: I am sure that overall the working relationship between us has been a satisfying one.

 

Dr Hein Vandenbergh

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