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About the practice

Goolwa Medical Centre is a rural practice providing comprehensive personal care to the fleurieu region. The team of experienced healthcare practitioners and staff at our practice are committed to providing quality family medical care. Our General Practice, along with visiting Specialists & nursing support, all working hand in hand to deliver holistic patient care. 

COVID VACCINATION COUNT:  1625 as of 20 April

Exceptional Quality Care & Medical Services

Flu Vaccinations can be booked via phone call to our reception. 🙂

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Please ensure your consent forms are returned at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.  If you have not made an appointment and have filled in your consent form at the clinic, you are welcome to call and make your appointment if you are eligible. 

Update from Department of Health – issued 8 April 2021.

What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia).

The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 50 years and over.

I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?

If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.

What if I am worried about side effects?

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, I can book an appointment for you to see your doctor.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?

If you are an adult aged under 50 years, you should only receive a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor.

Generally, if you have not already received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, then the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred in adults aged under 50 years.

Information about how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on the Department of Health website shortly.

If you would like to talk about this with your doctor, I can make an appointment for you now.

If you are 50 years of age or older, you can still receive your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

YOU CAN NOW BOOK YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT.

      

You may call our clinic on 8555 2404 to book your appointments.  Our online booking system will be authorised this week, updates will be provided.  NB:  Our phone lines are extremely busy in these early stages of the vaccination roll out, we apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.  Clinics will be ongoing until our patients are vaccinated.

Ensure you have your consent form to our clinic prior to your appointment.  They are available via our website or from our clinic.  The consent form attached below can be printed from a desk top for your convenience.  We have been advised that printing from a mobile device may not be successful.

Our COVID-19 vaccination clinic times are as follows & will commence on Tuesday 23 March 2021:

Tuesday:         5.30 to 7.30 pm

Wednesday:  5.30 to 7.30 pm

Saturday:        1.00 – 3.30 pm

Please do not attend your appointment at a time earlier than allocated.  Due to the strict observation and social distancing rules, we are unable to allow early attendees into the building.  Entry into and out of the building will be monitored closely for your safety.  Thank you for understanding. 

Eligibility Checker

Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination **

After your vaccination

FAQ and clinical guidelines

  ** Please note, these forms must be completed and provided to the medical centre prior to your appointment.  You may deliver in person, post to 9 Crocker Street, Goolwa, SA, 5214 or email your completed form to gmc@goolwamedical.com.au     Please be advised that  email is not the most secure form to send personal information.

COVID-19

Goolwa Medical Centre is not a COVID-19 testing facility.

IMPORTANT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

** If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been tested for COVID-19 in the last two weeks; if you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case OR if you have travelled interstate or overseas within 30 days – Please DO NOT attend the practice or book an appointment online. You must phone the Practice on 08 8555 2404 and we can arrange a telehealth consultation with your doctor. **

In the best interest of staff and patient of Goolwa Medical Centre, we are currently not seeing patients with cold and flu symptoms (including runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever).  Patients who have attended the practice previously have the option of booking a telehealth appointment with their regular GP.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the nearest testing facility to our clinic can be found here.

We are currently waiting for information on the COVID-19 vaccination program.  GMC have submitted the appropriate expression of interest to be involved with the program and will advise of any updates when they arise.  Information on the COVID-19 vaccination program can be found here.

Information regarding the COVID -19 vaccination and pregnancy can be found here.

TELEPHONE CONSULTS (TELEHEALTH)

During COVID-19 times, you can choose to undertake GP appointments over the phone. Telephone consults are an excellent option for those wanting to:

               ** limit their public exposure; and

              **  people who feel that their flu-like symptoms could put others at risk.

If we can’t adequately deal with your issue over the phone, we may ask you to come into the clinic following your initial phone consult.

You can book a telephone consult by calling us or booking online.

Please note: For telehealth appointments, you need to have seen your GP face-to-face over the previous 12 months to qualify for the Medicare rebate.

Convenience and efficiency: How phone consults work

Your GP will call you as close as to your appointment time as possible.

If you don’t pick-up the phone, they’ll leave a message to call the clinic back. You’ll need to return their call within five (5) minutes or reschedule for another time.

If you meet criteria, you may apply for a scrip online through our booking system.

Tips for a smooth telephone consult

To get the most from your phone consult, please consider these simple tips:

Make sure your phone is charged and you are in a quiet location

Have any documents on hand to which you want to refer.

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

GENERAL PRACTITIONER

We are seeking an amazing GP to join our team!

Goolwa Medical Centre is a large, busy practice with a warm, country vibe and an amazing support team.
With five partners, 11 consulting rooms, 13 doctors & a large treatment room with experienced nursing staff, you will be well supported.
With opening hours spanning 8.30 am – 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – 12pm Saturday’s, we can offer flexible working hours to ensure quality work-life balance.
Our supportive team of general practitioners offers a wide range of special interests from sports medicine to palliative care.
Of course we have the right to boast of our amazing Fleurieu Region – beaches, rivers, surf & wineries to name a few.
For you:
• Excellent support services & onsite visiting specialists
• Mixed billing practice
• Negotiable percentage billings
• Flexibility to work as a contractor or employee
• 100% appointment occupancy
• A training focussed practice
• Flexibility with working days
• Hassle free Practice management
• A collaborative team of GPs
Call our Practice Manager, today on 0410 566 815 or email gmc@goolwamedical.com.au  to arrange a time to see for yourself, what our practice can offer you.
www.goolwamedical.com.au

Visiting specialists

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Matthew Hutchinson
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Cardiology

Dr. Andrew Hamilton
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Paediatrician

Dr. Krishna Solanki
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Plus a complete range of medical services.