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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service – Update

Friday, August 24, 2018

Breast Screening Clinic
Sydney Breast Clinic is coming to NIHRACS with clinics operating each day between Monday 3 and Thursday 6 September. 

If you have made an appointment please arrive 10 minutes earlier to complete paperwork for the Sydney Breast Screen Staff.  Please bring your Medicare Card with you.

For women aged over 40, who hold a Medicare card the screening is free of charge. For women aged under 40, men of all ages and individuals who do not hold a valid Medicare Card the fee is $126.10 – there is no rebate from Medicare.

Visiting Specialists
Professor Ian McCluskey (Ophthalmologist) is visiting from 7- 10 September.  Professor McCluskey is working with NIHRACS and SESLHD to scope out a visiting eye service for Norfolk Island.  He will not be consulting with patients during this visit however will be meeting with the GPs regarding patient needs. 

Dr Casimir Liber (Psychiatrist) is visiting from 21- 24 September. Dr Liber visits Norfolk Island every 3 months.  For further information please contact Margy Meagher (Psychologist) on 56400.

GP Clinic 
Hours of Operation
The GP Clinic is open from 8.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Please note the clinic is closed for lunch from 12.30 – 1.30pm.  Please call for appointments only during opening hours.

Patient Health and History Update Form
The GP Clinic has commenced a project to review and update all our patient health and history information. The aim is to ensure that all patient records are complete which then assists the GP with your consultation.

When you next visit the Clinic you will be asked to complete this form which should only take a few minutes.  Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time so that you can complete the form.  

All patient information will be treated as confidential.

How long should you book your appointment for?
Most appointments with your GP only require 15 minutes.  If you have multiple issues or you think they are complex and will require extensive discussion, please let our receptionist know that you would like a long appointment. This will ensure you have the time needed with your GP and will assist us in managing the GPs time and patient flow.

Appointments with the Nurse
On arrival at the clinic do not go directly to see the Nurse (to what was known as Outpatients), please make yourself known to our receptionist.   Appointments are required for all non-urgent visits to the Nurse.  In most cases you will also need an appointment with the GP.  This includes ear syringing, blood pressure readings and immunisations.

All emergencies will be reviewed by a Nurse prior to being seen by a GP.

Please notify us as soon as you can if you are unable to make your appointment time.  This allows us to offer the time to another patient.   A quick phone call if you are running late also allows for better management of our patient times.

Diabetes Clinic
These will now be held monthly.  Please call 24134 to book an appointment.

Women’s Wellness Clinic
The Women’s Wellness program continues. Interested women of all ages are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting forty minutes) with Dr Jenny Sexton on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  Please mention ‘Women’s Wellness’ when making the appointment – phone 24134.

Men’s Health Checks (Spanner in the Works)
Men interested in a follow-up with a GP for a more extensive health check or a skin check are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting 30 mins) with Dr John.  Please mention ‘skin check’ or ‘men’s health’ when making an appointment phone – 24134. 

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