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Swift Clinic Appointment for Repeat Prescription

Dear Patients,

Our fee for scripts and referrals without an appointment will be rising from the 1st May.

The cost for a repeat prescription where you have been reviewed in line with the guidelines for the medication will be $20.00

The cost for a Re-referral – for “on-going care” or “regular review” only will be $20.00.

If you would like your script/referral either faxed or posted the fee will be $25.00.

We will offer daily “Swift Clinic Appointment” – 5 minute appointments with rostered Doctors daily to give patients the opportunity to come in for their scripts and pay a lower fee.

The cost would be $30.00 Medicare rebate $16.95, out of pocket cost $13.05. We would like to encourage patients to come in for their prescriptions ensuring the best clinical care.

April 20th, 2015|Clinic News|

The Question of prostate screening

Written by: Dr Bensky

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Ever since becoming a GP, the issue of prostate cancer screening has been an area of significant frustration for me. On the surface it does not seem so complicated – have a blood test (more about that later) and a rectal exam and we’re done. Unfortunately, until now, at least in my professional lifetime, there has not been agreement by the peak bodies in Australia regarding how to manage screening of the disease.

Here is a brief summary of their position statements.

– The Urological Society of Australia has supported routine screening of men over 55,
– the Cancer Council of australia have presented it as a conscience vote (ie discuss the pros and cons with your doctor/patient and them make your own mind up).
– The Royal Australian college of general practice have changed their guidelines in the last 2 years to essentially suggest that Gp’s should “respond to questions about prostate cancer (in other words don’t bring it up unless your patient does)

Fortunately for all of us, the Cancer Council of Australia, in collaboration with the other peak bodies is currently drafting a new set of guidelines that will act as a consensus statement […]

April 2nd, 2015|Clinic News|

Glen Iris Medical Group now has online appointments available.

Register on line and download the Free App to your phone or iPad. You can choose the appointment that best suits you.

Currently we are not able to offer this service to New Patients or current patients requiring a longer appointment, however we expect longer appointments to be available in the not too distant future.

November 21st, 2014|Clinic News|

Dr Russell Bensky is now offering after work appointments to 7.00pm – on Wednesday evenings

Dr Russell Bensky is now offering after work appointments to 7.00pm – on Wednesday evenings. We hope this helps our patients who find it difficult to see a Doctor within working hours.

November 21st, 2014|Clinic News|

Gestational Diabetes – It is important patients follow up with their Doctor for post natal screening

With the focus during pregnancy mainly on the risk to the baby and delivery complications, new mothers often forget to follow up with post natal screening for Diabetes. One in two women with Gestational Diabetes go on to develop Type 2 Diabetes within a decade and annual screening is recommended.

November 21st, 2014|Clinic News|

A year of walking for happy hearts

The Central Walk & Talk walking group will wear their hearts on their sleeve when they celebrate their first anniversary as a Heart Foundation Walking Group on Monday 16 June.

The Monday walk will also celebrate the first additional week day walk for the group, which started walking weekly on Thursdays a year ago.

‘The group was enjoying their walks so much they wanted to add another walking opportunity.  ‘We would love other locals to join us’, said Local Coordinator Fiona Shvemer. ‘The walkers have become great friends, and often enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many excellent local coffee shops afterwards’.

As a practice nurse at Glen Iris Medical Group, Fiona initially started the group as a service to the patients of the clinic as well as the community.

More than 22,000 Australians are now hitting the pavement and taking steps towards better heart health, as part of the free Heart Foundation Walking program.

Heart Foundation CEO Mary Barry said being active for at least 30 minutes a day was important for helping to prevent heart disease.

“Since the program began participants have completed a staggering 3 million registered walks and now have more than 1400 walking groups across the country.”

Join or […]

June 16th, 2014|Clinic News|

Coordinated communication optimising patient care

Make sure you ask to have any investigations/results copied in to your treating Doctors

Historically patients saw one general practitioner (GP) for most of their life. Now, patients may see more than one GP. Sometimes it may be convenient for patients to see one GP close to work and another close to home. Some people reside in more than one location during the year and see a different GP in each place. Whatever the reason, it is invaluable for all treating GPs and other relevant doctors to receive copies of any results of investigations that may ensue from each consultation.

This is particularly important for follow up appointments, allowing your Doctor to be informed at the time of your consultation, and avoiding the need to search for results of investigations performed elsewhere. Enabling results to be made available to all treating GPs and other relevant doctors can reduce unnecessary duplication of investigations, and allow recurrent health issues eg urinary tract infections or chronic conditions such as diabetes to be consistently monitored.

Patients can play a vital role in their health management by reminding their doctors to send copies of investigation results and any other relevant correspondence to other doctors involved in their care.

Dr […]

May 19th, 2014|Clinic News|

Shingles vaccine, Zostavax

The risk of shingles in Australia has doubled between 2000 and 2010.Shingles will often cause a painful, debilitating illness with extensive skin lesions, and the possibility of long term nerve damage. About 30% of people with shingles develop Post herpetic neuralgia, defined as significant pain lasting more than 3 months after shingles.

The shingles vaccine has been recommended by Australian Immunisation authorities since 2009, but the vaccine has rarely been available, so we did not promote it until now, when it is readily available.

Zostavax is the adult varicella vaccine, and is 14 times more potent than the childhood varicella or chickenpox vaccine.

It is recommended for adults over the age of 60 years.

It achieves over 50 % reduction in incidence of shingles in all age groups, and over 60 % reduction in Post herpetic neuralgia.

The vaccine is not covered by the PBS, and will cost $280.00. DVA Gold card holders, however can access the Vaccine on prescription for $6, and Private Health insurance rebate is around $150, if patients are covered.

It is a live vaccine, so Immuno suppressed patients, with the following conditions will not be able to have the vaccine leukaemia, lymphoma and other bone marrow or blood diseases, and those […]

May 19th, 2014|Clinic News|

Shingles vaccine ,Zostavax

The risk of shingles in Australia has doubled between 2000 and 2010.Shingles will often cause a painful, debilitating illness with extensive skin lesions, and the possibility of long term nerve damage. About 30% of people with shingles develop Post herpetic neuralgia, defined as significant pain lasting more than 3 months after shingles.

The shingles vaccine has been recommended by Australian Immunisation authorities since 2009, but the vaccine has rarely been available, so we did not promote it until now, when it is readily available.

Zostavax is the adult varicella vaccine, and is 14 times more potent than the childhood varicella or chickenpox vaccine.

It is recommended for adults over the age of 60 years.

It achieves over 50 % reduction in incidence of shingles in all age groups, and over 60 % reduction in Post herpetic neuralgia.

The vaccine is not covered by the PBS, and will cost $280.00. DVA Gold card holders, however can access the Vaccine on prescription for $6, and Private Health insurance rebate is around $150, if patients are covered.

It is a live vaccine, so Immuno suppressed patients, with the following conditions will not be able to have the vaccine leukaemia, lymphoma and other bone marrow or blood diseases, and those […]

May 19th, 2014|Clinic News|

Falling Immunisation rates

Falling Immunisation rates. (The Age article 12.2.14) Quote: “A swath of inner-city, affluent Melbourne suburbs are falling below safe vaccination rates for children, leaving doctors worried about an increased risk of potentially fatal diseases…” Dr Sharon Woolf provides a brief reflection on the impact of vaccination on common diseases.
March 12th, 2014|Clinic News|