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Get your skin checked today at The Doctors on Erin Street

Skin cancer checks are available every day at The Doctors on Erin Street.  We will check your whole body from head to toe and advise you on best practice management of any suspicious lesions. We use dermatoscopy and photography to assist us with making the most appropriate diagnosis.

If necessary we can treat with liquid nitrogen, biopsy or excision of skin lesions.  Come and see us today.

skin check melanoma
Skin checks will sometimes find melanoma

Weight loss

Do you need assistance with losing weight?  Come and see the friendly weight loss Doctors on Erin Street and get the help you need.

Look your best and get help with weight loss today
Get help with weight loss

 

We will investigate to make sure there are no medical causes, then help you understand why you are overweight.  We will also look for any medical issues that being overweight may have caused.  Once these issues have been addressed we will teach you what you need to know in order to lose weight, AND keep it off.

Motivation is an important part of losing weight, and we will help you with this also, keeping in close contact with you through your weight loss journey.

Learn about carbs, protein and fat and how they influence your weight and existing medical conditions.  Learn about Keto, 5/2, Paleo,  low carb,  calorie counting diets and which may be best for you.

Top weight loss tips:

  1. Eat less carbs – ie sugar, bread, potato, rice, pasta etc
  2. Eat only when hungry (really hungry).  Don’t eat just because its lunch time!
  3. Eat real food – not processed food (food that comes in a packet – a packet of food that says ‘low-carb’ is very likely NOT low carb) – if the food you buy does not have a list of ingredients, then you are on the right track
  4. Measure your progress wisely by weighing and measuring your waist circumference
  5. Do not eat ‘Everything in moderation’ – eat as little garbage as possible
  6. Be persistent – weight loss requires long term change
  7. Avoid fruit – use as an occasional treat only if possible; if you must eat fruit a handful of berries is best
  8. Avoid drinking beer – wine or spirits have less carbs
  9. Avoid diet drinks and artificial sweeteners – these actually increase your appetite and make losing weight harder
  10. Review your medications with your doctor – many medications MAY affect your ability to gain or lose weight
  11. Improve your sleep quality and duration – talk to your doctor for tips on this
  12. Reduce stress
  13. Exercise – helps SO LONG AS you are already doing everything above.  What you put in your mouth gives far more bang for your buck than exercising.  Interval training and strength training are best.

Come and see the new Doctors and our clinic

The Doctors on Erin Street welcome new doctors on Monday 13 November .  Drs’ David van Gend, Ben Griffin, Mary Donohue, Raylin de Jesus and Gabriela Gilmore have previously worked at Mackenzie House Medical .  They are all very experienced GP’s and are looking forward to this new and exciting phase of their careers.

New Doctors welcomed at The Doctors on Erin Street

The Doctors on Erin Street welcome three new doctors to the fold.  Dr John Jasinski, Dr Erica Siah and Dr Laurie Chow have joined us in 2017.  These doctors are very keen to help you to improve your health.  They are focussed both on prevention, and care of your immediate needs.  You will find they are friendly, approachable and willing to work with you.  Please welcome them to our practice.

Q Fever vaccination

Q fever vaccination is available at Doctors on Erin Street.

Vaccination against Q fever is recommended for anyone exposed to sheep, cattle, camels, goats and kangaroos or their products, or products of conception.  This includes but is not limited to farmers, graziers, feedlot workers, meat workers, roo shooters etc.

Q fever
Q fever is commonly caught from cattle

Even brief exposure to Q fever is enough to give you an infection.

Process

The process is simple: We need to see you on two days, exactly one week apart.  On the first day you will get a blood test and skin test.  We then see you exactly 7 days later, at which time we will read the blood test and skin test and decide if you need a vaccination.

If you are vaccinated or found to be already immune to Q fever, your details are sent (with your consent) to the Australian Q Fever Register.  They will subsequently send you a card which identifies your immunisation status.

This process including the vaccination costs approximately $400 and is non-refundable through Medicare.  If it is required for your employment it is usually tax-deductible.

Dr John Heinrich is accredited by the Government to provide Q fever vaccination services.

Further information

For further information regarding Q fever see qfeverfacts.com.au

Men’s Health

The Doctors on Erin Street,  Wilsonton, have a special interest in men’s health.  Talk to us about erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, testicle lumps and mens sexual health issues.

Male infertility:

which can have many causes, is often treatable and should be investigated before starting assisted reproductive technologies.

Prostate disease:

more common in the older male, can make urinating difficult. Treatment is available, often in the form of drugs or surgery.

Erectile dysfunction:

commonly referred to as impotence, can happen as a result of another underlying health problem such as diabetes. There are not any specific treatments that will cure erectile dysfunction, but there are treatments that will allow erections to happen.

Androgen deficiency:

is linked with low testosterone levels, which can play a part in feelings of low energy and easy fatigue, irritability and a reduced sex drive. Once the diagnosis of androgen deficiency is made, treatment can begin with a positive effect on quality of life.

Testicular cancer:

often thought to be a young man’s disease, has a high survival rate if detected early. Self-examination of the testis should be encouraged for early detection.

Flu vaccine 2016

The 2016 Flu vaccine has been delayed, but is now available at West Toowoomba Medical Centre.  We recommend everyone gets a flu vaccine.  They are free for those patients over the age of 65 and for those patients with certain medical conditions.  Make an appointment by phoning 4633 1366 or visiting wtmed.com.au to book online.

 

Protect yourself from Shingles at Doctors on Erin Street

Vaccinations against shingles are now available, for those patients over the age of 50.  These vaccines are provided free by the Government from November 1 2016, for those people aged between 70 and 79; please check costs for other patients with our friendly reception staff.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is also responsible for chickenpox. It occurs because of a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, which remains in the nerve cells of the body after an attack of chickenpox. People who contract chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles later in life, since the virus lies dormant in the body. Fortunately, it is rare to have more than one attack of shingles.

Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. However, people who have never had chickenpox can catch the virus from another person with shingles. A person who has never had chickenpox, but comes into contact with a case of shingles, would develop chickenpox (not shingles).

Skin Checks

skin check melanoma
Skin checks will sometimes find melanoma!

Skin Cancer is one of our priority areas of interest here at West Toowoomba Medical Centre.

Did you know that Australians are four times more likely to develop a skin cancer than any other form of cancer?

Did you know that Melanoma is one of the most common cancers affecting youth in Australia?

Did you know that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70?

WE RECOMMEND all patients book in for a Skin check at least yearly.  During this special consultation we will do a head to toe examination of your skin.  We will ask you to remove your clothing and shoes but keep your underwear on.  Often we will take photos of suspicious skin lesions for you to look at and so we can keep a copy on your medical records.  We will discuss treatment options with you regarding any lesions that we are concerned about.

Please call 07 4633 1366 to make an appointment and mention that you are booking in for a skin check.