2019 EASTER OPENING HOURS

Banyo Clinic will be open throughout the Easter Period. Afterhours fees will apply. For specific clinic opening hours, please see below. From the doctors and staff at the Banyo Clinic – Happy Easter!

Friday (Good Friday) 19.04.19 9am – 12pm
Saturday 20.04.19 8am – 1pm
Sunday (Easter Sunday) 21.04.19 9am – 12pm
Monday (Easter Monday) 22.04.19 9am – 12pm
Thursday (Anzac Day) 25.04.19 9am – 12pm

2019 Flu Vaccines

2019 Private & Government funded Influenza Vaccines are now available – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

Bookings & inquiries regarding our Flu Clinic can be made by phoning reception on 07 3267 5088

 

 

2019 influenza vaccination guidelines

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications and is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over.

Free vaccines will be available to eligible Queenslanders from mid-April.

Vaccine strains

The 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines for the southern hemisphere include the following strains:

  • • A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09 like virus
  • • A (H3N2): an A/Switzerland 8060/2017 (H3N2) like virus
  • • B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
  • • B: a B/Colorado/06/2017 like virus (not included in the TIVs) Best timing for vaccination It is never too late to vaccinate since influenza can circulate in the community all year round. Vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating and a valid vaccine (before expiration date) is available. Some vaccine brands now have an expiry date of February 2020. Revaccination late in the same year for individuals who have already received a vaccination is not routinely recommended, although not contraindicated. Revaccination may be considered for people travelling to the Northern Hemisphere in late 2019, who were vaccinated in early 2019 before the Southern Hemisphere influenza season occurred. An individual’s risk factors, risk of disease and current circulating virus strains should be taken into consideration before recommending a second dose. A second dose is not funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) and the individual will need to pay for the vaccine and consultation fee, if applicable. Generally, influenza vaccines are funded under the state and national immunisation programs for the following groups due to their increased risk of complications from influenza:
  • Who is eligible?
  • It is also important to remind people that the vaccine isn’t immediately effective, and it generally takes 10 to 14 days to be fully protected after vaccination.
  • The timing of vaccination should aim to achieve the highest level of protection during the peak of the influenza season. This usually occurs from June to September in most parts of Australia. Vaccinating from April provides protection before the peak season takes place. While protection is generally expected to last for the whole season, the best protection against influenza occurs within the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.
  • • all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age (State funded)
  • • pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (influenza and whooping cough vaccination can be given at the same time OR at different times during pregnancy). More information about whooping cough and influenza vaccination for pregnant women is available
  • • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • • individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (for a full list go to NCIRS Influenza Vaccines Fact Sheet)
  • • persons 65 years and older. All other Queenslanders can purchase the vaccine from their doctor or immunisation provider.

Only one government-funded influenza vaccine is available for eligible people each year, with the exception of children up to 9 years of age who are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time. These children require and are funded for 2 doses.

Christmas Opening Hours

Monday 24th Dec 18 (Christmas Eve) 7am – 4pm
Tuesday 25th Dec 18 (Christmas Day) – CLOSED
Wednesday 26th Dec 18 (Boxing Day)- 9am – 12 pm
Thursday 27th Dec 18 7am – 7pm
Friday 28th Dec 18 7am – 6 pm
Saturday 29th Dec 18 8am – 1pm
Sunday 30th Dec 18 9am – 12pm
Monday 31st Dec 18 (New Years Eve) 7am – 4 pm
Tuesday 1 Jan 19 (New Years Day) 9am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd Jan 19 – Back to usual opening hours

Christmas 2018 Opening Hours

Banyo Clinic will be open through the Christmas New Year Period except for Christmas Day. For appointments, please bookd through our online booking system (Health Engine) or by calling our friendly Reception Team on 07 3267 5088. Please see below for opening /closing times. From all of the Doctors, nurses and staff a very Merry Christmas to all.

Monday 24th December 2018 (Christmas Eve) 7 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 25th December 2018 (Christmas Day) Closed
Wednesday 26th December 2018 ( Boxing Day ) 9 am – 12 pm
Thursday 27th December 2018 7 am – 7 pm
Friday 28th December 2018 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday 29th December 2018 8 am – 1 pm
Sunday 30th December 2018 9 am – 12 pm
Monday 31st December 2018 (New Year’s Eve) 7 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 1st January 2019 (New Years Day) 9 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 Back to usual opening hours

PLAN AHEAD – let’s talk | BANYO CLINIC

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland presents – PLANNING AHEAD

An informative talk on – Enduring Powers of Attorney

Have you ever wondered why you would need an Enduring Power of Attorney?
Have you been unsure who you would trust with your health?
Your money?
Decisions about your life?
Would you like to feel more confident and in control of your future?

COTA Queensland’s community education sessions provide information, resources and ideas to support people in thinking through decisions about Enduring Powers of Attorney.


A free session will be held :

Tuesday 10 April 2018
10:00am – 11:00am
Banyo Clinic – Professional Suites
183 Tufnell Rd, Banyo

For further information & to register contact Banyo Clinic 3267 5088.

National Diabetes Week

This week is national diabetes week.  “Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.” – Diabetes Australia

More useful information including some delicious and healthy recipes, can be found at www.diabetesaustralia.com.au.

 

You can also check your current risk of developing Type 2 diabetes via this link: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator

 

Did you know that our helpful Diabetic Educator from Teal Health Solutions, Marie Sansotta-Allen, currently consults from our Banyo Clinic Professional suites?  We also have fantastic clinic nurses to help you with diabetes plans and any questions regarding your health and wellbeing. If you feel you might be in need of a check-up, or if you’re worried about any aspects of a diagnosis or are at potential risk of diabetes, contact us on 3267 5088 to book an appointment with our friendly staff.

 

2017 Influenza | Flu Vaccine now available

2017 Government Funded Influenza Vaccines for eligible patients 65 years or older or those with eligible chronic health conditions are available now available. Bulk billed Influenza Vaccination Clinics are available – please call reception on 07 3267 5088 to  make your appointment for our Flu Clinic or see if you qualify. Please note supplies are currently limited. 

2017 Influenza Vaccine – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

Bookings for our Flu Clinic can be made by phoning reception on 07 3267 5088.

 

 

45-49 Year Old Bulk Billed Health Check


Did you know that 90% of Australian adults had a least one, and 44% had at least three, modifiable chronic disease risk factors? These risk factors may lead to chronic health conditions such as cancers, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes and mental health conditions.

If you are aged 45-49 years of age, you may be eligible to receive a bulk billed health check-up to help you identify these risks and make changes to improve your health and prevent diseases.

What are some of the Risk Factors for Chronic Disease?

• Smoking
• Excessive alcohol use
• Excessive weight
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Inactive lifestyle
• Excessive stress
• Excessive sun exposure
• Family history of chronic disease such as cancers (e.g. skin, bowel, breast and prostate cancers), diabetes and heart disease

What should I expect at a 45-49 year old health check-up?

You will initially be assessed by one of our experienced chronic disease management nurses – a detailed assessment (including discussion and examination) will be made to identify whether you may have any existing conditions and what your risk factors are. Information will be provided to you for your overall risks (e.g. low, average and high) for developing chronic diseases such as:

• Cancers – Breast, prostate, skin, bowel
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Osteoporosis
• Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
• And other conditions

You will then see your GP to discuss these findings with you, and a written report including recommendations to improve your health and reduce your risk will be provided to you. Recommendations may include:

• Ways to change your risk factors by lifestyle changes and natural means (e.g. exercise, dietary advice and supplements such as fish oil tablets.)
• If any further testing is required (e.g. Cholesterol tests, or diabetes blood tests)
• Or if any conditions are identified, any treatments required.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this health check, please allow approximately 1 hour in clinic to complete the whole assessment.
Please contact reception on 07 3267 5088 should you wish to book in for a 45-49 year old health check or if you would like to speak with one of our friendly chronic disease management nurses for further information.

Open Christmas Holidays | Northside GP


Banyo Clinic will be open through the Christmas and New Years Period, except Christmas Day. For appointments, please book through our online booking system, or ring our friendly receptionists on 07 3267 5088. For specific clinic opening hours, please see below. From the doctors and staff at the Banyo Clinic – Have a safe and merry Christmas and New Years!!

 

Monday (Christmas Day)
25.12.17 Closed
Tuesday (Boxing Day Public Holiday)  26.12.17 9am -12pm
Wednesday 27.12.17 7am – 8pm
Thursday 28.12.17 7am – 7pm
Friday 29.12.17 7am – 6pm
Saturday 30.12.17 8am – 1pm
Sunday 31.12.17 9am – 12pm
Monday (New Year’s Day) 01.01.18 9am – 12pm
Resume normal trading hours  02.01.17 7am – 8pm

Shingles Vaccine Now Available

As at 1st November 2016, Zostavax will be funded for adults 70-79yrs of age (subject to available supplies). The Zostervax vaccine is not offered for people 50 – 69 or 80 years and above.

This will be a single dose vaccine  to provide protection against Shingles.

Shingles is most common in over 70’s . Zostavax Vaccine is not offered for people aged 80 & over as it is not as effective.

Please note if you have had the Shingles Virus in the past Zostavax can only be administered 12 months after an acute episode.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is also known as Herpes Zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This is called Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN. It is the most common complication of Shingles. The risk of Shingles and PHN increases as a person gets older.

What causes Shingles?

 

Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the same virus that causes Chickenpox. After a person recovers from Chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause Shingles.

For further information talk to your GP