Lemons and Lemonade

We live in an age of wonders. Generations past would be amazed by the ease of travel, free information, and the standard of living enjoyed by the majority of the Western world. One of these wonders is Modern Medicine and part of that is medications. We are privileged to live in a time when cancer can be cured, fatal diseases are controlled, and previously life curtailing conditions can be managed.

 

‘Nothing is all good and nothing is all bad’ is something I heard from a trusted friend. Does this apply to medications? General Practitioners are Your Specialist Generalists – we do a LOT more than just prescribe medications! Read on.

 

 

Oseltamivir

 

Lemon: This blockbuster drug was supposed to deliver us all from pandemic flu. The Australian government stockpiled it at a cost of many millions. It will expire before we do. It promised the world but perhaps shortened the duration of symptoms by not much.

Lemonade: Get a yearly influenza vaccine and if you’re unlucky enough to still get the flu – rest, fluids, paracetamol, and see Your GP if you’re not improving as you think you should.

 

 

Donezepil

 

 

Lemon: Life expectancy increases every year and so do our expectations of our older age. This drug promised an end to Alzheimer’s, later downgraded to ‘it may delay the rate of the decline in your mental abilities’. How would we know if it worked? What would have the rate of decline been without this drug?

 

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Lemonade: Save your money and try some alternatives without side effects. Keep your mind and body as healthy as possible for as long as possible with diet, exercise, rest, and the support of family, friends, and Your GP. Should age related decline set in, there are many supports you can access – check out My Aged Care. Medications can play a role – ask!

 

 

Codeine

 

 

Lemon: This drug has been available over the counter at pharmacies for many years. Evidence shows that products with low dose codeine are no more effective than products without for pain relief and so the regulatory authorities have recommended it be rescheduled to prescription only from February 2018. This will be a big change for the community – some of whom will have been taking large amounts of this drug on a regular basis.

 

 

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Lemonade: Partridge Street General Practice is proud to be a low prescribing practice and especially of this drug. Our advice is to see us for advice on alternatives and non drug alternatives in particular.

 

 

 

Need more information? Have you any other lemonade thoughts? Leave a comment or see us in person. We’re Here to Help!

 

 

 

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You can see any of our Great GPs right here:

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

 

Dr Monika Moy

 

 

Dr Katherine Astill

 

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

 

Dr Nick Tellis

 

 

The New Royal Adelaide, Ramping Up and Down, and Health Pathways

Hi from South Australia! Winter is here but change is coming. Our flagship hospital and one of the most expensive buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH), is about to come online in September after a 2 year wait.

 

 

Bernie Cummins (see below) previously spoke to the Southern Regional GP Council about Outpatients Services in SA and she generously spoke to us again about how things will proceed over the coming months and years.

 

 

Here is some information she prepared.

 

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You can find further information right here.

 

 

 

 

The good GP has a stewardship role in the Australian medical system and part of this is referring to subspecialist and hospital care. This is an important role and we don’t take it lightly. We want to do our best for our patients and help them get the care they deserve. One of the challenges is referring to public hospitals, where our referrals sometimes get ‘bounced’ back to us. In private practice, for the patient to receive a (Federal) Medicare Benefit (like when you see Your GP), the GP referral must be to a named provider (Dr Smith, Dr Jones, for example). When referring to a public hospital, there has historically been no Medicare rebate for the patient – public hospitals are funded by the State Governments and Medicare is funded by the Federal Government, and care is free at the point of service. This is changed recently, and public hospitals are now using Medicare funds to run their services. Therefore they now seek named referrals. But to who? It’s very hard to find out exactly which doctor will be seeing you, and so it’s hard to do a named referral, which may delay you being seen.

 

So, as a public service, we’re Here to Help! Bernie Cummins (Director of Nursing Statewide Outpatient Reform) has provided the following documents to help GPs and patients navigate this system and avoid the ‘named referral bounce’.

 

 

 

 

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Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour!

 

 

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You can see any of our Great GPs right here:

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

Dr Monika Moy

 

Dr Katherine Astill

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

Dr Nick Tellis

 

 

Childhood Cancer Association, City to Bay, and Partridge Street General Practice 

‘Tis better to give than receive.

 

 

Donate to Childhood Cancer Association here

 

 

 

Partridge Street General Practice is glad to announce that we’ll be raising money for Childhood Cancer Association by running (or walking) at the City to Bay 2017.

 

 

Join our Team here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year was a great success with plenty raised for Zaidi Ya Dreams orphanage and we hope to improve this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So get your runners on and run, walk, and give! You’ll feel better!

 

 

Donate to Childhood Cancer Association here

 

 

Doctor’s orders! 😉👍

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your GPs at Partridge Street General Practice

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

Dr Monika Moy

 

Dr Katherine Astill

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

Dr Nick Tellis

 

#BFD17 x #newtech

We live in an instant world and we seek convenience. How can technology give you more of what you want while Your GP gives you more of what you need?

 

 

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Thanking David Dahm from Health and Life

 

 

We never want to lose the doctor patient relationship in General Practice. It’s the most valuable part (and the most rewarding part) of our vocation and service as GPs. If we can have technology in the background rather than in the way, I think we can strengthen this. Facebook is one example.

 

 

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Here’s another. Step one: buy a gaming keyboard. Step two: Program some macros. Step three: Spend more time with Our Valued Patients and less with our technology and medical software!

 

 

 

Here’s me cutting my login time to zero. It’s one small step for Dr Nick….

 

 

 

 

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16 macros to go…

 

 

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Be Better (thanks Dr Ajay Naidu for the flattering pictures!)

 

 

What do you think?. Is this part of the future? Too soon? Not what you want? Let me know. In the meantime, we’re all still here for you at Partridge Street General Practice, face to face, IRL 😎

 

 

 

Your GPs at Partridge Street General Practice

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

 

Dr Ali Waddell

 

 

Dr Emmy Bauer

 

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

 

Dr Nick Tellis

 

 

 

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Talk to Your GP

​Not so long ago it was quite hard to contact Your GP. You had to phone the practice to make an appointment (some waiting), come to the practice (more waiting), and then sit in the waiting room (more waiting). We live in an instant world and we seek convenience. How can technology give you more of what you want while Your GP gives you more of what you need? Try this!

 

 

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More and more of our valued patients are choosing to book online but You can still call Partridge Street General Practice and we’re always happy to talk to you. You can also email us or contact us here for non-urgent inquiries, remembering that email is not a secure form of communication.

 

 

 

Imagine if you could ask some simple questions of Your GP, without waiting on the phone or sitting in the waiting room. Simple questions that have been asked of me in the past:

 

 

 

When should I come in to see you next?

I lost my script, what do I do?

I was discharged from hospital, what next?

 

 

 

We never want to lose the doctor patient relationship in General Practice. It’s the most valuable part (and the most rewarding part) of our vocation and service as GPs. If we can add to it, by improving communication before a face to face consult, I think we can strengthen this. We have a trial project with free access to a secure app where you can speak with me (not Facebook!). It’s not for urgent consultations! It’s free to sign up – you only pay if you use it.

 

Have a look here!

 

 

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Talk to Your GP

 

 

 

 

What do you think – tell me here (or on the app!) about what you think. Is this part of the future? Too soon? Not what you want? Let me know. In the meantime, we’re all still here for you at Partridge Street General Practice, face to face, IRL 😎

 

 

 

Your GPs at Partridge Street General Practice

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

Dr Ali Waddell

 

Dr Emmy Bauer

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

Dr Nick Tellis

 

 

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Join the Team at Partridge Street General Practice!

It’s a great time to be a GP in Australia at the moment. We live in an affluent First World country with good social services and welfare and a strong public health safety net. It’s peaceful, spacious, and even the winter cold feels good after the warm summer! Have a look!!

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Partridge Street General Practice is a General Practice with an established patient base in a beautiful old house close to Adelaide’s famous Glenelg Beach. It’s a diverse area, with old and young and everyone in between, as well as tourists and travellers, especially when that sun comes out! We provide professional, empowering, comprehensive primary health care to this area and we think this is a pretty awesome challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re meeting this challenge by recruiting great GPs who want to do great work in our great practice. We offer:

 

 

😀 Healthy work-life balance

 

😀 Practice in one of the most beautiful parts of South Australia

 

😀 SA owned and operated Clinic with a Great Team

 

😀 Plenty of Patients

 

😀 A strong Teaching Focus

 

 

 

 

 

Our practice is fully computerised and as paperless as we can make it, AGPAL accredited, with a strong teaching ethos supported by a great nursing team who assist with Chronic Disease Management and Treatment room duties. Our team delivers an efficient and friendly medical service to our patients and our GPs.

 

Partridge Street General Practice is a mixed billing practice with bulk billed and private accounts for services. This allows 15 minute appointments as a base. We’re proud to offer the time for:

 

 

😀 Women’s Health, Mirenas, and Implanons

😀 Mental Health Care and Counseling

😀 Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery

😀 Travel Medicine and Immunisations

😀 Iron Infusions

 

 

Our patients will be as important to you as they are to us, they are the foundation and the focus of Partridge Street General Practice!

 

 

Be part of the future here at Partridge Street General Practice. Enjoy the autonomy of private practice while retaining the collegiality and teaching ethos that is so important to all of us. R U OK…or could you be Better?

 

Email Ms Tracey Mills, our awesome Practice Manager on pm@partridgegp.com.au or pop in to have a coffee and a chat!

 

 

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