01 May 2020

Video Consultations now available

Castle Medical Centre patients are now able to have a video consultation with their doctor. Castle Medical Centre have created the AHGP app  for our patients, to provide quick and easy access to their General Practitioners. This allows you to connect with our doctors from anywhere via your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Referral letters and radiology requests can also be emailed directly to you. The AHGP app is available and free to download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.   DOWNLOAD NOW We encourage anyone who is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including (sore throat,...

01 April 2020

Telehealth available for all CMC patients

Castle Medical Centre patients are now able to utilise telehealth services, to have a phone consultation with their doctor. Ensuring the safety and well being of our team and our patients is paramount. For anyone who has a Medicare card - this service will be bulk billed. We encourage anyone who is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including (sore throat, cough, runny nose, tiredness or shortness or breath - with or without fever ) or have travelled in the past 14 days either international or interstate or have been in direct contact with someone with suspected or confirmed coronavirus...

25 March 2020

Updated Coronavirus Information Castle Medical Centre

  At this difficult time we assure you that we are doing our very best to continue to care for our patients health and wellbeing.  Similarly we also have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our entire team of health workers. In order to do this the most effectively, we must make some changes to our normal operational practices. In the first instance this will involve the introduction of the new Telehealth consultations, which will work in conjunction with the traditional face to face consultations.  As the name suggests, it is a consultation that takes place over...

24 March 2020

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

  As the number of coronavirus cases rise across Australia, the level of anxiety within the community is increasing. Feelings of worry and unease can be expected following a stressful event, such as the recent declaration of a global pandemic, however, it is important that we learn to manage our stress before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic. This information sheet outlines some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.   Learn the facts   Constant media coverage about the coronavirus can...

18 March 2020

Social Distancing

  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/social-distancing.pdf    

18 March 2020

COVID-19 Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself   The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness: clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with tissue. avoid close contact with people who are ill avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth stay home if you are sick.   What are coronaviruses?   Should I avoid attending public events, for example, religious celebrations, music festivals or sporting matches?  ...

26 February 2020

Teal Ribbon Day – Ovarian Cancer Awareness

What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is a general term used to describe a cancerous (malignant) tumour starting in one or both ovaries. The ovaries are made up of three main kinds of cells – epithelial cells, stromal cells and germ cells. Each of these cells can develop into a different type of tumour. The average age of women when they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer is age 64. It is mainly diagnosed in women over the age of 50; however, there are cases diagnosed in younger women. Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Australia. About 1580...

28 January 2020

Important message to our patients regarding Novel Coronavirus

What should I do if I have returned from CHINA or have been in contact with a patient with coronavirus in the last 14 days and I become unwell?   If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel or have had contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact your emergency department or call the HealthDirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to phone ahead so that the emergency department can make appropriate...

23 January 2020

Novel Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals. They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Current status As of 21 January 2020, more than 200 confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been detected in the Wuhan region of China, and deaths. Other cases have been detected in Shenzen and Beijing (China), Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Most of these individuals have reported travel to Wuhan. Like other communicable diseases, people with symptoms should practice simple hygiene by covering...

16 January 2020

Farewell message from Prarthana Packiam

I am writing to say “Thank You” for being part of my practice for the last 2 years and to let you know that I am winding down as I transition to taking up a position at a practice which is closer to my home. I will continue to practice at Castle Medical Centre for the few next weeks –  with my last day being Thursday 30th January 2020 . Following my departure from CMC, I am very happy to recommend that you see Dr Naqvi, Dr Ryan and Dr Zhou - all excellent GPs who will continue to provide...