NEWS

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PHONE CONSULTATIONS:
The Government has announced that from 13 March to 30 September 2020, GPs are able to provide bulk billed telephone consults to the following vulnerable patients:
(i) at least 70 years old; or
(ii) at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
(iii) is pregnant; or
(iv) is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
(v) is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised.
You must also be an existing patient of the practice and attended face to face in the previous 12 months to be eligible.

For those that do not meet the criteria above for a Bulk Billed Phone Consultation, we are offering private phone consultations for those patients that do not want to come into the practice. The cost for a private phone consultation is $50. There is no Medicare rebate available. Payment must be made when booking the phone consultation BEFORE the appointment.

Please phone the practice to make a phone consultation booking.


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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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Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2020: Government-funded flu vaccines will start to become available from mid-April 2020.

We will be opening flu clinic bookings from the beginning of April. All Flu Vaccine consultations will be Bulk Billed.

If you do not qualify for a Government funded flu vaccine, we will have private stock available at a cost of $15.

The timing of vaccination should aim to achieve the highest level of protection during the peak of the influenza season. This usually occurs from June to September in most parts of Australia. Vaccinating from April provides protection before the peak season takes place. While protection is generally expected to last for the whole season, the best protection against influenza occurs within the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.


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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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Cosmetic 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

We use Dysport for Anti-Wrinkle injections.  Dysport, like Botox, is a form of botulinum toxin injected into the skin to temporarily relax the muscles.

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

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.

Dermal Fillers start from $210 + GST.

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.


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We are now taking bookings for Flu Vaccine appointments from 15 April 2019.

Government funded Flu Vaccines will be available from mid-April.

Private flu vaccines are $15 each and consult is bulk billed.

Please phone 5438 1200 to book an appointment with your doctor.


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