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18/Nov/2019

A CONTROVERSIAL ‘anti-vaccination’ film set to be screened in Maryborough has been slammed by a Fraser Coast doctor.

VaxXed, a film exploring the alleged link between vaccinations and autism, will soon be screen at a secret location in Maryborough.

Dial-a-Home Doctor’s Aleem Khan said the film had the potential to cause damage with “misinformation” about vaccination.

“(Vaccination) will not only save the child’s life, but it’s been proven to be a safe effective way to look after the community,” Dr Khan said.

“I’m not going to waste my time watching or thinking about this film.

“Anyone with the right sense of mind who believes in the research and evidence would not believe something this unscientific.”

Dr Khan said there was “no medical grounds” for anyone to go against vaccinations and said doctors could “show people the evidence and research” proving the effectiveness of vaccines.

But, according to their website, the documentary’s creators insist the film is not anti-vaccines, instead making calls to actions that include “vaccines being classed as pharmaceutical drugs and tested accordingly” .

“Being pro availability of safer vaccines that achieved the same immunity outcomes is not anti-vaccination.”

 

Source: https://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/fraser-coast-doctor-slams-upcoming-anti-vax-film/3246520/


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18/Nov/2019

AMANDA Moore did not know what she would do if the flames found her home.

Mrs Moore could only watch as the area near Waters Edge Dr and Petersens Rd, Craignish, burned on Tuesday evening.

 

“It was pretty chaotic seeing how close it was,” Mrs Moore said. “It was a scary thing to see.”

Mrs Moore said the initial fire was about 500 metres from her home. She said it was only the efforts of tireless firefighters, who worked deep into the night, that saved homes.

“If it was out of control then we would’ve been at risk,” Mrs Moore said.

“Seeing the flames (at night), we were worried. You could see it up and over the houses. It was huge from where we were standing.”

The fire was reported about 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, but was extinguished by early yesterday afternoon.

Mrs Moore, her children, and fellow residents had already struggled with the effects of the smoke from the Walligan fire, but this, she said, was much worse.

“You could barely see what was in front of you,” she said of the smoke.

“(Her children) were all pretty good but it was a matter of how we’d get out if we had to.”

“It brought people closer – people were exchanging numbers and helping where they could. I’m not sure how we’d get out if it was bigger. There’s only the one way out of the street.”

The smoke didn’t just affect those in Craignish.

The fires blanketed Hervey Bay in smoke, which was reflected in the number of cases Dial A Home Doctor attended on Tuesday night.

Dr Aleem Khan said the proximity of the blaze to the Bay, as well as the prolonged duration of the nearby fires, resulted in smoke-related or triggered respiratory cases.

It affected the service’s employees too, with one doctor unable to work due to flu-like symptoms.

Dr Khan said those in smoke-affected areas should close doors and windows, and for those who suffer asthma-related illnesses to ensure they had puffers and other medicines on hand.

You can phone Dial A Home-Doctor on 139 999.

 

Source: https://m.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/family-watch-in-fear-before-firefighters-save-the-/3218408/


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18/Nov/2019

WHAT better way to recover from flu season than with a free trip to Dreamworld?

Dial A Home Doctor has decided to host two evenings at the Gold Coast theme park to raise community spirit after a busy flu season.

South east Queensland suffered the worst number of flu cases on record with 19,216 cases reported.

Fraser Coast area manager Dr Aleem Khan said 10,000 tickets would be given away and encouraged Fraser Coast residents to enter.

“There’s been many people who have been very sick this season so we thought we’d do this to offer some relief,” he said.

Queensland residents can win up to six tickets per household for one of two evenings in November with each evening hosting 5000 people free of charge.

Successful entrants will have access to rides, attractions and entertainment on offer.

Tickets for the November 11 evening will be drawn on October 30.

The November 25 evening tickets will be drawn on November 8.

Visit www.MyHomeDoctor.com.au and answer a simple question to enter for your chance to win.

 

Source: https://m.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/is-this-a-dream-free-trip-to-gold-coast-theme-park/3236758/


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18/Nov/2019

IT HAS been many years since Megan visited Dreamworld on the Gold Coast but thanks to Dial A Home Doctor she’ll be heading there again.

This time, for free.

A client at Hervey Bay Day Care and Respite Centre Inc (Lonsdale House), Megan is one of more than 1000 people with special needs on the Fraser Coast who will receive tickets to one of two nights.

The idea came about after south east Queensland suffered the worst number of flu cases on record with 19,216 cases reported.

In a bid to bring some happiness back to the coast, the idea to offer tickets to the popular theme park came to light.

After hearing she had scored her very own ticket, Megan, a self confessed adrenaline lover, was already planning which roller coasters and rides she would brave alongside other Lonsdale House clients.

“I like going on rides (but) I haven’t tried the (Giant Drop) yet,” she said.

“We’ll get some others to go on it,” she said.

“We’d like to thank Dial A Home Doctor for giving us the free tickets.”

Lonsdale House service manager Tamara Mckillop said such an offer gave clients something to look forward to.

“Dial A Home Doctor was kind enough to contact us to share some great stuff with our clients which is really, really nice,” she said.

“Everyone can come together and have a night of fun.”

As for the rest of Queenslanders wishing to win their own trip, they can.

Queensland residents can win up to six tickets per household for one of two evenings in November with each evening hosting 5000 people free of charge.

Guests will be able to choose between two dates available.

Tickets for the November 11 evening will be drawn on October 30 while November 25 tickets will be drawn on November 8.

For your chance to win tickets all you have to do is visit www.myhomedoctor.com.au and answer a simple question.

 

Source: https://m.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/dream-comes-true-for-megan/3244272/


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18/Nov/2019

A NEW after-hours doctor service is on the cusp of entering the market, hoping to reduce waiting times in the Bundaberg region which is experiencing a GP shortage.

Dial A Home Doctor is on a recruitment drive for GPs, even offering to subsidise relocation costs for full-time doctors.

Dial A Home Doctor Bundaberg co-ordinator Barbara Burstall said the jobs were being advertised Australia-wide to lure doctors to the region.

“We realise that Bundaberg surgeries are having a hard time filling doctors, let alone an after-hours service,” she said.

“We want to do this for the people and the community.”

Ms Burstall said with a growing and ageing population, Bundaberg was in dire need of more health professionals to cater to the region’s increasing demand on health services.

With House Call Doctor already operating in the region, Ms Burstall believes there is room for more after-hours services in Bundaberg.

“More and more people are moving to Bundaberg,” she said.

“Reports are sent to your GP the following morning for follow-up.

“We are not here to replace your GP, but to fill in the gap when needed.”

Dial A Home Doctor has been operating in Hervey Bay since December and expanded to Maryborough in April.

It caters predominantly to category four and five patients.

Ms Burstall said the service was free and 100 per cent bulkbilled.

She hoped the service would ease pressure on Bundaberg Hospital’s emergency department.

No start date has been set for the operation to begin but Ms Burstall is hoping it will be sooner rather than later.

 

Source: https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/new-after-hours-doctor-service-targets-region/3245423/


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18/Nov/2019

Asthma sufferers should revise their health plan regularly.

ABOUT 40% of patients seen by Dial A Home Doctor between Friday and Sunday had respiratory related issues believed to be caused by the recent blanket of smoke covering Hervey Bay.

Dial A Home Doctor area manager for Maryborough and Hervey Bay, Dr Aleem Khan, said 97 of 243 patients seen over the weekend suffered from chest infections, runny noses, itchy eyes, coughing and other respiratory related symptoms.

“We had many people with asthma, lung conditions and prior respiratory issues get in contact with us and there were lots of kids affected too,” Dr Khan said.

It followed a week of fire outbreaks and controlled burns including a fire in Takura, and vegetation fires in Dunmora, Craignish and Dundathu.

Since August 29 Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have been conducting planned burns on Fraser Island with the fires to continue until September 30.

A QPWS spokesperson said the burn program would reduce the volume of forest fuels.

He said it would reduce the intensity of wildfires in the summer months and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.

“Smoke may be seen in the Southern Fraser Island area including around Eurong, Wanggoolba Creek, Ungowa, Dilli Village, Lake Boomanjin and Lake Birrabeen and in the Northern Fraser Island area from Awinya Creek on the west coast to the north of the island,” they said.

Anyone prone to respiratory issues should avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary.

“Keep your medications and asthma puffers handy,” Dr Kahn said.

“It’s best to keep all doors and windows to outside shut to prevent too much smoke getting inside.”

Dr Khan said there were long term effects to prolonged exposure to smoke but it all “depends on the individual”.

“Someone who has a pre-existing respiratory issue is in more danger of long term effects,” he said.

If anyone is affected by smoke contact your doctor as soon as possible.

For after-hours matters contact Dial A Home Doctor on 13 99 99.

Source: https://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/smoke-affects-40-of-patients-in-fraser-coast/3220045/


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18/Nov/2019

The recommended treatment time for non-urgent patients is 2hrs at emergency departments. Add a few life threatening emergencies and that 2hr wait can extend significantly.

In 2016 at Gold Coast university hospital 100,432 people went through the emergency department and the team there did an amazing job at treating those people.

The average wait time according to myhospitals.gov.au was 5 hrs and 31 minutes – compare this with a regional hospital such as Wollongong which was over 13hrs! The Gold Coast team ROCK!

https://www.myhospitals.gov.au/compare-hospitals/time-in-emergency-departments

The challenge for families and something we are asked a great deal is – we suggest when it’s not an emergency but could be serious.

An example might be, a child with a fever, cough and headache especially in winter. Or a person with a skin infection or rash that just seems to be getting worse.

Gastro bugs are always high on our list as it’s important to minimise the spread and keeping a person at home with a gastro bug reduces the chance of spreading into the community.

For many older people living at home in our community, simply being able to be treated at home can be more comfortable for the patient and their family.

We ensure though that anyone we do see has their consultation notes sent to their GP. This ensures the continuity of care and we recommend following up with your local GP as an important part of the process. After all they know you.

Dial A Home Doctor offers remarkable medical care when you need it most. If someone at home is sick after hours or on the weekend, just dial a home doctor on 139999.

Dial A Home Doctor is a free bulk billed after-hours Doctor service – We Come To You.

*Home Doctor Guaranteed within 90mins. If you book online Mon-Fri by 4:30pm, Sat & Sun by 10:30am. We reserve the right to take more time in case of giving priority to more serious conditioned patients as we always attempt to prioritise young children and the elderly.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition


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18/Nov/2019

One question we get asked a lot is “When should I call an after-hours doctor?”

While it may seem logical – there are actually standards and rules that we as an after-hours service have to follow.

We can only take calls from

  • 4pm on a week day with doctors arriving to begin appointments at 6pm. Before this, it will go to a voice mail advising we cannot take bookings.
  • From 10am on a Saturday – again doctors arrive a little later with appointments beginning from midday through until the wee hours
  • All day on a Sunday or public holiday – our doctors and care team are available to take calls and bookings.
  • Bookings can be made online, however these are only processed after 4pm on a week day and 10am on a Saturday.

Our job is again to support the community with an after-hours service only. To ensure local GP clinics and practices have support for their patients when they can’t be there. And to reduce the strains on the emergency departments.

Dial A Home Doctor offers remarkable medical care when you need it most. If someone at home is sick after hours or on the weekend, just dial a home doctor on 139999.

Dial A Home Doctor is a free bulk billed after-hours Doctor service – We Come To You.

*Home Doctor Guaranteed within 90mins. If you book online Mon-Fri by 4:30pm, Sat & Sun by 10:30am. We reserve the right to take more time in case of giving priority to more serious conditioned patients as we always attempt to prioritise young children and the elderly.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition


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