Unfortunately, due to recent changes in Medicare rules, we are no longer able to bulkbill any telehealth consultations. If you have concerns regarding this, please let your local MP know.
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Fountain Street General Practice is no longer administering Covid-19 vaccines due to lack of demand and increased vaccine wastage. If you have not yet had your 3rd or 4th vaccine doses, we strongly recommend you visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/ to find the closest provider of the new Moderna bivalent vaccine and have this administered as soon as possible.
We have commenced influenza vaccination clinics, holding them on Tuesdays to Saturdays, for people aged 6 months and above. If you are also eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine, this can be given at the same time as the flu vaccine, but please let our reception staff know when booking your appointment, on 8303 2900.
We have recommenced COVID-19 vaccination clinics to provide booster shots for our existing patients whose second dose was at least 5 months ago. If you are (or soon will be) eligible, please contact Fountain Street General Practice on 8303 2900 to book an appointment. Clinics are being held Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
People who are severely immunocompromised are recommended to have a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 2-6 months after their second dose. If you believe that you fall into this category and have not yet received a third dose, please contact the practice to make an appointment with your usual doctor to discuss your eligibility.
Due to a change in Medicare rules, we can now only undertake telephone and video consultations with existing patients if they have had a face-to-face appointment at least once in the preceding 12 months.
Our practice has been inundated with phone calls requesting print-outs of COVID-19 vaccination records, which is preventing our nurses from undertaking essential patient care. Please read the following carefully.
Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination will be recorded on your immunisation history statement after you’ve had your vaccine. Once you have received all required doses, you will also be able to access your COVID-19 digital certificate. You can get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination through:
- Medicare online account
- Express Plus Medicare app
- My Health Record
- Individual Healthcare Identifiers Service
- Australian Immunisation Register
Click here for more details on how to obtain your vaccination record.
AstraZeneca – Fountain Street General Practice is currently administering AstraZeneca vaccines to our current patients aged 16 years and over.
Pfizer – Fountain Street General Practice is currently administering Pfizer vaccines to our current patients aged 12 years and over..
To book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please phone our practice on 02 8303 2900.
Due to the worsening COVID situation, we will only be undertaking telehealth consultations, unless your doctor deems it absolutely necessary for you to visit the practice – for example, immunisations, antenatal care, wound care.
If you do have a face-to-face appointment, do NOT enter the practice if you have respiratory symptoms without a current NEGATIVE COVID test (within 3 days) or have been to any exposure locations. You must WEAR A MASK and stay OUTSIDE of the building & PHONE RECEPTION once you have arrived for your appointment. Your doctor or nurse will call you when they are ready to see you. You must check in via QR code & wash your hands upon entry.
Fountain Street General Practice would like to remind patients that adults over 65 years of age are eligible for a free pneumococcal vaccine if they have not had the vaccine previously.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be a mild illness to life threatening, especially in babies, young children and the elderly. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- fevers, sweating and shivering
- difficulty breathing
- feeling generally tired and unwell
- loss of appetite
Pneumonia also commonly presents when a person is recovering from a cold or flu and suddenly experiences a deterioration of their condition. Being vaccinated can help protect patients from developing the illness.
The pneumococcal vaccine can be administered by the practice nurse, please contact reception on 8303 2900 to book an appointment.
Doses of the private seasonal influenza vaccine have arrived at Fountain Street General Practice and are now available for our existing patients.
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact. It led to the death of more than 1100 Australians in the 2017 flu season, more than 90% of those deaths were people aged over 65 years of age.
Vaccination remains the best defence against seasonal influenza.
In the wake of such a high number of deaths in last year’s flu season, the Australian Government is taking extra precaution this year and making the government funded vaccine accessible to more people deemed to be of higher risk of developing influenza related complications. These include:
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged 6 months to less than 5 years or 15 years and older
- All children aged 6 months to under 5 years
- All adults aged 65 years and older
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
- All persons aged 6 months and older who have medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications
Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for a government funded vaccine include:
- Cardiac disease; coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cyanotic congenital heart disease
- Chronic respiratory conditions; asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, etc.
- Chronic neurological conditions; hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases, seizure disorders, neuromuscular disorders, etc.
- Immunocompromising conditions
- Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- Renal disease
- Haematological disorders
- Children on aspirin therapy
Government funded doses are expected to arrive by the middle of April. For those wanting to receive a private vaccination, patients can book in with the practice nurse and will be charged a $20 fee.
Please phone reception on 8303 2900 and advise that you would like to book for a flu vaccine. You may also book your flu shot online with one of the practice nurses.
Vaccinating Babies & Children
Children aged 6 months to under 9 years being vaccinated for influenza for the first time require a 2nd dose one month after the initial dose. Parents can consult with their doctor as to whether the influenza vaccine is suitable for them or if there are any queries or concerns.
Please note that babies under 6 months old cannot receive a flu injection.
Pregnant women (and women planning pregnancy) are recommended to be immunised against influenza as they are at increased risk of developing complications from influenza. The vaccine also protects infants against influenza for their first 6 months of life, when they are most vulnerable, yet still too young to be vaccinated themselves.