“Welcome Dr Sparrow to St Francis Medical!”
We’re pleased to announce that Dr Louise Sparrow is STILL available for GP appointments in Subiaco! Dr Sparrow has chosen St Francis to continue practicing in Subiaco, after the closure of Subiaco Station Medical Centre. Dr Sparrow is very well known to the local community, after living and working in the area for many years.
For those who are not as familiar with Dr Sparrow, we’ve invited Louise to tell us a little about herself and introduce herself to the St Francis community; Read here
We warmly welcome Dr Sparrow to St Francis, and encourage all of her existng patients to visit us, and new patients to book with Dr Sparrow today!
You can book with Dr Sparrow by calling 9382 3334 or by clicking our Subiaco GP Appointments Online page.
“Welcome Dr Stieler to St Francis Medical!”
Bringing to St Francis more than 30 years of medical experience, and an irrepressible sense of humour – Dr Stieler is a welcome addition to the clinical team. Dr Stieler has a keen focus on genuine, caring family medicine in a relaxing environment. Since starting at St Francis Medical last month, Dr Stieler has been in high demand with the local patient community and a popular addition to the team.
Dr Stieler has worked in many different, and challenging clinical settings – including remote areas of Australia! He is committed to patient focused care, and maintaining high clinical and personal standards. He is also committed to not taking life too seriously, and has a fantastic sense of humour!
We encourage the local Perth community to join us in welcoming Dr Stieler to St Francis – he is welcoming new patients, so now is the time to book your family members in to Dr Stieler before he is booked out!
You can book with Dr Stieler by calling 9382 3334 or by clicking our Subiaco GP Appointments Online page.
“Bulk Billing NOW AVAILABLE for Children and Pensioners”
We’re proud to announce that St Francis Medical, Subiaco, now offers bulk billing for:
- All children 12 years and younger
- Pension card holders aged 65 years and older
This is an exiting development for the Perth community, and we hope this makes it easier for families to manage their monthly medical expenses. Please note, we are still a private practice and our charges and other payment options remain unchanged. We look forward to helping families even more with this positive change. If you would like to discuss this further, or for more information click on our medical centre payments link or phone us 9382 3334.
“Our Cosmetic Clinic is Opening”
Anti-wrinkle treatments, Dermal Fillers and Skin Hydration treatments
Dr Archana will be leading our team, offering a variety of non-surgical medical treatments as part of our new Cosmetic Clinic. This clinic is designed to offer convenient, non-surgical options for patients looking to achieve a more healthy, youthful look. Our clinic will offer micro-injection treatments to remove fine and deep lines and wrinkles, treatment of acne scars, fillers to improve volume and remove lines – and more. We are working to eventually offer these services over the weekend – including Sundays – to fit in with your work and family commitments.
More information to follow, but for now, have a look at the link below – or call our team 9382 3334 for more information!
” 5 Tips for Taking Your Children to the Doctor”
St Francis Medical’s Tips for making Your Child’s visit to the GP Easier
Taking your child to a doctor can be such a daunting experience for both parents and your little one! At St Francis, our team of caring reception, nursing staff and doctors understand & work equally hard to ensure families receive the best of care in a comfortable environment. Here’s our Top 5 Tips for helping your child’s visit to the GP easier (as shown on our Facebook Page)
Help reduce any anxiety by visiting the surgery before your child’s appointment – usually a week before is a good time frame.. This way, children can familiarise themselves with the environment without the pressure of any procedures. They’ll also get to know some of the faces, so on their appointment day, things will be a little more familiar.Feel free to drop into our 7 day clinic any time with your child, and our team will be happy to greet your little one, and if it’s not too busy will also show you both around the practice.
Try to book an appointment that works with your child’s routine. Parents know best when children need their daily sleep, and normal meal times – try to schedule a time when you know they’ll be well rested.Our team try to reserve times each day for ‘last minute’ appointments – but it’s always best to ring us on 9382 3334 and discuss the best time for your child’s appointment. We’ll do our best to accommodate!
Make sure you try and bring your child’s favourite stuffed animal or toy. Something familiar and comforting will help reduce fears. Our doctors and nurses can also ‘practice examination’ on the favourite toy to show that there’s nothing to fear.Failing this, our nurses always have our St Francis favourite practice teddy bear on hand, for extra comfort!
Try to be relaxed and truthful to your little one. Explain to your child that they are going to the doctors and what to expect;- Needles do hurt but only for a moment
– Needles are not needed EVERY visit
– Vaccines are important to keep them healthy
– Explain that you had your vaccines when you were littleTell them that a St Francis Lollipop is waiting for them in reception when they leave!
Find a GP that you trust & can easily communicate with. If Mum or Dad likes the doctor, chances are your child will too! The Patient-Doctor relationship is a unique one, that differs from person-to-person. If you don’t have your own GP or are new to the area, ask around and speak to your friends for trusted recommendations.As always – feel free to drop in and say hi to our team about your little one! The team at St Francis will be happy to help make their visit to the GP an easy one.
“12 Month Anniversary”
WOW! Our First Year Anniversary is this December!
12 months ago this December our team opened the doors to St Francis Medical! We are so thankful to the Subiaco and broader Perth community for the way they have embraced our medical centre. To all the local families, local businesses and their employees, travellers from all of over Australia – everyone who have entrusted our team with their health – thank you for supporting St Francis Medical.
Over the past 12 months we have achieved most of what we envisioned for St Francis Medical, with (only some!) of our highlights:
- Our practice has been brilliantly lead in our first year by our Practice Manager, Jennifer Fisk
- We launched as a 5 day medical centre with our inaugural team of doctors and nurses including Dr Helen Lamont, Dr Glenn Liew, Dr Mara Rimmer, Dr Liz Sinclair and Sarah West
- We welcomed our first patients on the 16th December, 2013
- We welcomed doctors Dr Kevin Eng, Dr Boon Teh and Dr Harinder Paul, and registered nurse Natalie Turner to our team
- We grew our service to 7 days a week (including Thursday nights!)
- We introduced Dr Helen Lamont as our inaugural Medical Director
We hope that our service has helped you and your family when you needed us most, and we hope to look after you again in 2015. With your support, we hope we can achieve more for the local Subiaco & Perth community in 2015.
On behalf of everyone at St Francis Medical, we wish your family a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of Good Health.
“We’re Opening 7 Days!”
Subiaco now has a 7 DAY MEDICAL CENTRE
St Francis Medical is Opening EVERY DAY during October!
Beginning Saturday 4th October, we’ll open our practice on the weekends. We know that families need convenient access to quality medical care every day – so after many months of planning we’re ready to open 9am until 1pm every Saturday, and from October 19th we’ll also open Sundays 10am until 2pm! Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped us reach this new milestone – look out for our next news update welcoming new medical team members as we expand our opening hours.
A reminder too, that we have just opened late Thursday nights until 8:00pm.
For now, we’d like to welcome YOU & YOUR family to St Francis over the weekend – YOUR (“7 Day”!) Good Health Family GP.
“Welcome Dr Lamont”
St Francis Medical Subiaco, Appointment of Medical Director
St Francis Medical would like to announce that Dr Helen Lamont has been appointed as our inaugural full time Medical Director.
Dr Lamont brings with her more than 25 years experience as a general practitioner, with both management and previous medical director experience. Most recently, Dr Lamont previously practiced at Parmelia Medical Centre, and will assume the new role with St Francis from September, 2014. Dr Lamont practices general family medicine, with interests in women’s health, family planning, corporate health, complementary therapies and a growing interest in nutritional medicine. Dr Lamont also heads St Francis Medical’s developing role in community general practice-based clinical trials, with a relationship with Curtin University.
Subiaco, north, is growing rapidly with multi-storey apartments being constructed and major residential/commercial developments underway. With rapid population growth and nearby developing medical services St Francis Medical is well positioned to service the growing health needs by local residential and business community members.
St Francis Medical would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Lamont, and encourage local families and community businesses to also welcome Dr Lamont to her full time position in Subiaco.
Further enquiries can be made to the practice manager on 9382 334, or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Healthy Heart Day”
August 2nd: 9am until 12pm
Running on from our Healthy Heart Week in May, and as part of our commitment to Good Health – we’re holding our very first ‘Healthy Heart Day’ on Saturday August 2nd from 9am.
Come along (it’s a FREE event) – and receive:
- FREE blood pressure assessments
- FREE cholesterol checks with our nurses
- Balloon giveaways for the kids
- Healthy morning tea
This is a great chance to meet the friendly team at the new St Francis Medical Centre, and also quickly and easily have your heart checked by our experienced team. This service is normally charged at $75, but will be offered for FREE to the local community! Doors open at 9am so be in early.
More information click here or phone us 9382 3334.
“Kiss Goodbye to MS Month”
28th May World MS Day
This month MS Research Australia runs the initiative Kiss Goodbye to MS in order to raise funds and awareness for research into the causes and a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system, which interferes with impulse between the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. People with MS experience a wide range of symptoms affecting individuals in different stages of their lives.
Currently there is no cure for this lifelong disease however with the many advances in modern medicine there are continued discoveries about the treatment and management of MS every day.
- 1 in 20 Australians are affected by MS through a family member, friend or colleague.
- Estimated 23,000 Australians have MS
- Every year 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with MS, that’s approximately four working people every day.
- Worldwide there are 2.5 million people living with MS
- Diagnosis of MS is usually between 20 and 40 years of age
- Three quarters of all people with MS are female.
Common MS Symptoms
- Extreme tiredness
- Visual disturbances, blurred or double vision
- Difficulties walking, balance and coordination
- Muscle weakness, tremor, stiffness or spasms
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Altered sensation, tingling, numbness or pins and needles
- Sensitive to heat and cold
- Bladder and bowel changes
- Sexual changes
- Changes in memory, concentration or reasoning
- Slurring or slowing of speech
In WA Multiple Sclerosis WA has an annual street appeal on May 28th World MS Day. There will be a double Decker bus on the streets of Perth possibly with some celebrities on board, all working towards greater awareness of MS. In the city by Forest Chase and Murray St Mall there will some campaigns running and delicious cupcakes available.
For more information please give us a call on 9382 3334 or book online here
“Healthy Heart Week “
In the spirit of Healthy Heart Week May 2nd-10th here is some information on how you can keep your Heart in tip top shape.
Having a well-balanced diet is an important part of keeping your heart healthy
- Eat a variety of food
- Include all colours of the rainbow when eating fruit and vegetables
- Choose healthier fats, lean meat, poultry and oily fish
- Limit sugary, fatty and salty meals and snacks
- Include dairy daily
- Drink plenty of water
- Reduce salt intake
Regular moderate activity is great for your heart. It also helps to control other risk factors such as high blood pressure and being overweight which can all impact negatively on your heart.
The Heart foundation recommends that you include at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on most if not all days of the week.
Control your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can put extra strain on your heart and result in coronary heart disease. Come in today and have your blood pressure checked as well as a Cardiac disease risk assessment with the team here at St Francis.
Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, as it affects the arteries that supply blood to your heart and body. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and causes damage to the artery walls. This therefore increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial damage.
Stopping smoking is one of the most effective things you can do to reduce your health risk. If you wish to quit please come in and talk to our experienced Doctors who can help you on this journey.
Maintain a healthy body weight
This is where your healthy eating and physical activity comes in to play, combined they can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which will reduce the strain on your heart.
The increased health risk of obesity is most marked when the excess fat is mainly in the tummy (abdomen) rather than on the hips and thighs. As a rule, a waist measurement of 102 cm or above for men and 88 cm or above for women is a significant health risk.
If you are concerned about your cardiovascular health then make an appointment today, call us on 9382 3334 or book online here
References www.heartfoundation.com www.patient.co.uk
“Keeping Children Healthy”
Here at St Francis our fun and enthusiastic team aim to provide child friendly care! We understand that your children would much prefer to be playing games at home – or even doing homework – than visit the dreaded doctor! That’s why we are trying to create an environment that welcomes children, and doesn’t intimidate. So far we have:
- Installed a fun kids station in reception
- Filled the doctors rooms and nurses treatment room with puzzles, colouring games and even bubbles
- Readies ourselves with reward treats!
We welcome your child’s visit to St Francis, and any additional ideas you may have to improve your child’s experience. If you do have a great, child-friendly idea to improve our practice, please click on the feedback button at the top of this page – your feedback will make it straight to the practice directors.
As a guide, all our GPs and nurses are experienced in child health. Among our many child health service offers, we provide:
- Child Immunisations
Immunisations are extremley important in order to keep children healthy and well, as many potentially deadly disease’s are preventable through vaccination. We are able to provide all immunisations for children from 2 months of age to 4 years, as well as Year 8 immunisations for those who miss the school vaccination days.
2. Four Year Old ‘Healthy Kids Checks’
We provide these health checks for our 4 Year old patients alongside their vaccinations. The health checks involve a 30 minute appointment with one of our friendly nurses who will carry out a health check of your child and discuss any issues or concerns you may have. The check covers all important factors in your childs growth and wellbeing. Then you see one of the Doctors who will run through an overview of any concerns and discuss options with you.
During these assessments we will check your child’s speech and language, physical activity, growth, vision, fine and gross motor skills hearing, oral health, eating habits, toilet habits and behaviour & mood.
These ‘Healthy Kids Checks’ are Bulk Billed.
To book your child in to one of our doctors, call us on 9382 3334 or book online here.
“2014 Flu Vaccinations Start NOW”
It’s that time of year again, Flu season and with it comes the decision of whether to immunise or not to immunise. We here at St Francis believe strongly in vaccinating against preventable diseases and 2014 is the year to vaccinate against influenza or more commonly known as “the flu”.
Here’s St Francis’ Q&A on the 2014 Flu Jab:
What is the Flu?
Influenza is a highly infectious illness that is easily transmitted from person to person. Typical symptoms include: rapid onset of fever, muscles aches, joint pain, sore throat, runny nose, headache and feeling generally unwell. Often influenza infection can last up to ten days.
Immunisation uses’ the body’s natural defence system to build up resistance to an infection. The flu vaccine contains inactive particles of the virus that stimulate the body’s immune response without actually causing an infection.
How does the flu vaccine work?
The vaccine contains inactive flu virus particles (the virus has been concentrated, killed and broken apart). Worth noting – it’s incapable of causing influenza infection!
Once the influenza vaccine has been given it will take 3-14 days for your body to produce antibodies against the flu. During this waiting period we would advise you to use preventative measure in order to protect you from catching the flu this includes keeping a safe distance from anyone who may be have flu symptoms.
The influenza vaccine lasts for one year, just in time for you to have your next vaccine. Vaccination is best carried out during March – May each year, before the onset of the peak season for flu (July – September).
Does it work?
The vaccine prevents up to 90% of cases of flu infection in healthy adults
Possible side effects of the vaccine include, redness, soreness, itching and mild swelling at the injection site. Occasionally you may develop a mild fever, muscle aches, headaches and a general unwell feeling. Side effects generally resolve within 48-72 hours – and most patients don’t experience any side effects. (as we noted before – the flu vaccine can’t give you the flu)
Receiving the Flu Vaccine
The process is extremely quick and straight forward:
- You will be asked to complete a pre-vaccination checklist.
- You will see the doctor who will review this checklist and confirm whether it is appropriate for you to receive the vaccine.
- You will then see the nurse who will discuss the possible side effects with you, offer any advice you need and then administer the vaccine.
- The vaccine is administered into the muscle at the top of one of your arms.
- You will be asked to remain in the surgery/your place of work for 10-15 mins following the vaccination to ensure that you are not going to suffer any immediate reaction to the vaccine such as fainting or an allergic reaction.
The vaccine can be delivered at the surgery for a total cost of $25.00. No consult fee will be charged if you are covered by Medicare and don’t require a doctor consult relating to any other issues.
Those eligible for a free vaccine and are covered by Medicare will incur no cost.
Along with vaccination there are some simple tricks to help protect you from the flu as well as the common cold. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands regularly especially after you cough or sneeze. Do not share drinks or utensils with others. Regularly clean all surfaces such as desks, bench tops, taps, fridges and door handles and finally boost your immune system with a balanced diet, exercise and rest.
” If you need any further information or have any concerns please you can give us a call on 9382 3334 – or pop on in and speak to one our Nurses today! They will be more than happy to provide you with further information. “
Department of Health and Ageing, 2013, The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, Commonwealth of Australia. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 2013, Viewed 26th March 2014, www.immunise.health.gov.au
“We’re OPEN: Subiaco’s Newest GP Clinic!”
After more than 12 months of planning, St Francis Medical are proud to announce that the doors to our practice are open! Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in what we are trying to do, and the story we’re only just beginning to tell. Our team are very excited to finally start telling the “Good Health” story, and start meeting all our new patients who have registered with us.
” We would like to welcome EVERYONE to come down and say hi, have a look at the new complex, and watch our development. “
As an introduction, our new facility – located at Subiaco Square Shopping Centre, near Perth CBD – has capacity for up to five full-time doctors, and currently we’re very lucky to have Dr Lamont, Dr Liew, Dr Rimmer and Dr Sinclair leading the way. They are all a very experienced team of doctors, with complementing areas of specialities. (Read more here) Complementing our GPs is Sarah West, our very own practice registered nurse. The practice is confidently managed and run by Jennifer Fisk, with medical reception by Sharon Miller. Welcome aboard team!
Our practice is focused on genuine care, and providing high quality general practice to the local community. From infants to the elderly – our new Subiaco practice has the capacity to service your whole family. With that in mind, we’ve designed our medical centre for all ages (your kids will be happy to wait with our scribble sheets, and toys available!). We’re also very proud of our triage area – managed by Sarah. With a two-bed capacity, we can handle everything from immunisations, to minor procedures for acute cases. Have a look back here over the coming weeks – we’ll take some photos and put them up.
In 2014, we’ll also be offering corporate health services – for businesses big and small. For everything from on site medicals, flu vaccinations, workers compensation and medical treatments. For business interested, contact us and one of our team will come out to meet you to discuss how we can bring ‘Good Health’ to your workplace.
We’d also like to welcome our friends at Perth Pathology on board. Locally owned, they will be offering blood collection services on site at our medical centre. For more information on the great team at Perth Pathology, have a look here.
That’s all for our quick introduction. Visit back here for exclusive health updates, family health information, and practice updates. In the meantime, click around our website and get to know us a little more.
From the new team at St Francis Medical, wishing YOU and YOUR family a very Merry Christmas, and see you in 2014!
To YOUR Family’s Good Health!