NEWS

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The Government has announced that from 13 March to 30 September 2020, GPs are able to provide bulk billed Telehealth consultations to all patients with a Medicare card.

All appointments at our practice need be made as a Telehealth consultation initially. The doctor will decide if a face to face appointment is required after your Telehealth consultation.

Did you know that we can also complete your GP Management Plan, Care Plan or Mental Health Plan via a Telehealth consultation?

You can book your Telehealth consultation by phoning the practice or by booking online.


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I feel sick, or someone I care for feels sick. What do I do?

You, or the person you’re caring for, should stay home. Don’t go to work or school. This is important to stop the spread of any illness. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.


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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: If you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days and you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or breathlessness, OR had recent close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, please do not make an appointment at our practice.

Instead, if you are a regular patient of our practice, you can phone us to book a bulk billed telephone consult with your regular GP (further conditions apply) OR you can attend the Minor Injury and Illness Clinic (at Caloundra Hospital) which is now solely a Fever Clinic for Covid-19 screening.

**Testing for Covid-19 is only available to those people who have been overseas in the past 14 days and have fever or respiratory symptoms OR had recent close contact (previous 14 days) with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

**Patients who present with cold and flu-like symptoms, who do not meet the above criteria, will NOT be tested for COVID-19.


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We are very excited to announce that we will be launching a brand new look for Apollo General Practice!

You will notice our logo and signage changing over the coming weeks.

We are still the same caring practice you have always known and will continue to provide you with our experienced and professional service.

We hope you love our new look as much as we do.


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Congratulations to our amazing staff and doctors who helped us achieve another successful Accreditation with QPA.

But what does this mean for our patients?

A practice with accreditation has been assessed as meeting standards that define best practice in patient care by a team of independent, experienced, general practice professionals. An accredited practice’s staff have participated in interviews, demonstrating their knowledge and commitment to quality, and to your care. The facilities of an accredited practice have been examined so that you, the patient, can rest assured that your practice has all the equipment and systems it needs to provide you with safe, optimal care.


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We have reviewed our Billing Policy and due to increasing costs to run our practice and to continue to provide you with the best possible care, time and attention, we are introducing mixed billing for consultations for all doctors at the practice, 7 days a week.

This will be effective from 4 November 2019.

Only eligible patients will be bulk billed for Medicare Rebateable Services.  These patients include children 15 years and under, Health Care Card and Pension card holders, DVA card holders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Patients who do not fall into one of these categories will be charged a private fee as follows:

Monday to Friday Standard Consultation $65 Fee $38.20 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $26.80
Monday to Friday Long Consultation $110 Fee $73.95 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $36.05
Monday to Friday Prolonged Consultation $150 Fee $108.85 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $41.15

 

Saturday morning Standard Consultation $75 Fee $38.20 Medicare Rebate
Saturday morning Long Consultation $115 Fee $73.95 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49.80 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Long Consultation $135 Fee $85.30 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49.80 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Long Consultation $135 Fee $85.30 Medicare Rebate

 

Did Not Attend Fee $40 No rebate available

Your Medicare rebate can be processed by the practice.  You will need to pay the total fee upfront and then the rebate from Medicare will be refunded to you as per Medicare processing times into your bank account.  Our software allows for on the spot processing through Medicare and if you have an EFTPOS debit card, we can put the rebate in instantly.  Alternatively, if you have provided Medicare with your bank details, the rebate will be back in your bank account within 24 hours.  Please discuss with our reception team for more information.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Apollo General Practice


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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. They work by relaxing the muscles that cause lines, and can be used to treat a variety of areas such as:

  • Frown lines – between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet – the corner of the eyes
  • Forehead lines – horizontal lines between the brows & hairline

How long do wrinkle injections last?

Anti-wrinkle injections, depending on the dose and location, can last 3-4 months.

Do you offer Dermal Fillers?

Yes we do! You can find out about our dermal fillers here

How much do anti-wrinkle treatments cost?

Cost varies depending on the area being treated and how much product is needed.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections start from $240 for one standard area, $395 for two standard areas and $495 for three standard areas.  Extra units are $5 per unit + GST.

What does the assessment look like?

A FREE cosmetic assessment appointment is undertaken first to understand your goals and the best option to achieve those goals.  If anti-wrinkle injections are decided to be the best option, the doctor will advise you of the cost and how many units is required for your treatment.

A second appointment will be booked for your treatment at a time and date convenient to you.  All costs are payable on the day of treatment.  Medicare does not offer a rebate for cosmetic procedures.

You can book a FREE cosmetic assessment with Dr Leticia Figueiredo online or phone our receptionists for more information.

 

Visit Apollo GP’s Cosmetic Clinic in Caloundra


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The National Cervical Screening Program is changing. From 1 May 2017:

  • women will be invited when they are due to participate via the National Cancer Screening Register
  • the Pap smear will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • the time between tests will change from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
  • women aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.

Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge and pain should see their Health Care Professional immediately.

HPV-vaccinated women still require cervical screening as the HPV vaccine does not protect against all the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.

A 2015-16 Australian Government Budget commitment provides funding to implement these recommended changes to the National Cervical Screening Program and establish a National Cancer Screening Register to support the new program.

The new program will commence from 1 May 2017 when the new Cervical Screening Test will become available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Until this time, women aged between 18 and 69 years who have ever been sexually active, should continue to have Pap test when due.


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National Shingles Vaccination Program

From 1 November 2016, the shingles vaccine will be provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. To receive the immunisation make an appointment with your doctor.

Routine vaccination of persons aged 70–79 years is expected to obtain the greatest benefits against shingles and its complications.

People who are not eligible to receive the free vaccine are able to receive the vaccine on a private script.

Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood. Ask your general practitioner about other vaccines you may be eligible for.

Shingles

Herpes-zoster (Shingles) is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged. When it lasts more than 3 months it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Other less common complications may include scarring, skin infections, loss of vision or hearing, pneumonia, or neurological complications.

Causes

Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years. For reasons that are not fully understood, the virus may become active again and give you shingles. Shingles can spread through direct contact with an uncovered rash. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles and PHN increases.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms of shingles can include headache, fever, flu like symptoms and malaise (general feeling of uneasiness). A stinging or burning sensation may appear on the affected area before the appearance of the skin rash (normally within 1-2 days of the initial symptoms).

The rash is commonly on the trunk or body but can also appear on the face or other parts of the body and can be quite painful, causing a tingling or burning sensation. It creates a stripe or belt like pattern on the affected area and is usually limited to one side of the body. The rash forms small blisters which fill with a liquid and burst before the skin crust over and heals.

Although most people recover within a few weeks, some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post herpetic neuralgia. This may be severe and can sometimes go on for months.

Prevention

Shingles is a vaccine preventable disease. Immunisation against shingles is achieved by a dose of the vaccine which can be given to adults 50 years and over.


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