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

2018 Flu Vaccines

2018 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

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.

2018 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) 30.03.18 9am – 12pm
Saturday
31.03.18 8am – 1pm
Sunday (Easter Sunday)
01.04.18 9am – 12pm
Monday (Easter Monday)
02.04.18 9am – 12pm

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.

 

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

Blocked ear? Suction of Ear Wax now available

Small Banner (280x80) Aural Suction


Blocked ear? Can’t hear?

Banyo Clinic now has equipment for micro-suction of Ear Wax.

Unlike ear syringing, where wax is blindly flushed out, microscopy allows direct vision while the wax is being removed. This makes the procedure much quicker, safer and comfortable for the patient.

Other benefits include no water being flushed into the ear canal significantly reducing the risk of infection, pushing the wax in further, and most importantly, reducing the risk of trauma to the ear drum.

Unlike syringing it can also be performed in people who have a perforated eardrum or grommets. Suctioning is also useful to speed the recovery of outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear) and removal of foreign bodies such as beads and marbles.

Applying ear drops such as waxsol or olive oil for one to two days prior to removal ensures an even more comfortable procedure.

Should you feel you need such a procedure, please book online here or ring reception on 07 32675088. Bulk Billing may apply for eligible patients.

Sunday Appointments now Available


Great news! We recognise life gets busy & it’s not always possible to get in to see your GP during the week. With this in mind we now have limited appointments available on Sundays between 8am – 12pm. To make a booking please phone reception on 3267 5088 or bookings can be made online by clicking here. Please note concessions do not apply outside of normal practice hours &  will attract a Privately Billed after hours fee. Please ask our friendly reception staff for further details.

YOU & YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH IS BEING TARGETED

The Federal Government is reducing its investment in your healthcare by freezing your Medicare Rebates. This means your Medicare rebates will remain the same until 1 July 2020, despite the cost of delivering healthcare services increasing.

The freeze is a co-payment by stealth and the Government has implemented this measure to reduce the amount it spends on all Medicare subsidised services, including general practice services.

You health is important. Please do not let the freeze on your Medicare rebates stop you from seeking the healthcare you need.

What does the Patient rebate indexation freeze mean for you? 

Current & previous governments have failed to regularly increase patient rebates. This means Medicare rebates have never kept pace with the cost of living & have never covered the true cost of delivering quality medical care. The freeze on Medicare rebates will negatively impact you and the sustainability of many general practices. To ensure that they can continue providing you with quality healthcare, while covering operational & business related costs, your practice may need to increase their fees and may even stop bulk billing patients.

Why has no one stopped this? 

Many GP’s & professional bodies, like the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), have lobbied extensively against the freeze on Medicare rebates since its announcement. Unfortunately, the Government has not listened & you are likely to face more out-of-pocket costs.

What can you do to influence the Government?

Join the RACGP’s You’ve been targeted campaign which aims to lift the freeze on your Medicare rebates. Go to the RACGP’S website: yourgp.racgp.org.au/targeted to access campaign material including a template letter you can send to your local political candidates demanding the freeze be lifted.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the dedicated campaign hashtag #youvebeentargeted 

2016 Influenza | Flu Vaccine now available

2016 Government Funded Influenza Vaccines for eligible patients 65 years or older or those with eligible chronic health conditions are available from the 27.4.2016. Bulk billed Influenza Vaccination Clinics are available – please call reception on 07 3267 5088 to  make your appointment for our Flu Clinic. 

2016 Influenza and Flu 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.