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Practice Philosophy

‘T’o provide quality, holistic, ongoing primary health care, recognising patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs and responding in a social responsibility ethical framework of excellence, equity and sustainability.’

About The Practice

Culburra Beach General Practice is a medium size group practice serving the township of Culburra Beach (approx pop 3600) and surrounding districts (total catchment approx 6000). Culburra Beach is situated 20km from the centre of Nowra.

The practice was established in 1982, and the current owners Drs Andrew and Vicki Bonney acquired the practice in 1992.  Dr Trevor Smith joined as a partner in 2003.

The practice moved to our present purpose built premises in December of 2001

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

 

Our community is experiencing an unprecedented health crisis with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By everyone doing the right thing we can reduce the risk of deaths in our community.

You can follow this link NSW Health link to access up-to-date and useful information regarding COVID-19 https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

For COVID-19 related questions – please contact the COVID-19 helpline 1800020080

You can help us help you, and keep your community safer, by following social distancing guidelines. To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, especially to our most vulnerable patients, there are a number of things we can do together.

What we are doing:

  • Our surgery is keeping up-to-date on a daily basis regarding the most recent advice and guidelines
  • We are happy to provide advice or refer you to appropriate sources of information if you have questions
  • We are maintaining strict infection control within the practice to reduce the risk to you and our doctors and staff
  • We are working hard to reduce the risk of patients being exposed to coronavirus in the surgery. To reduce the need for patients to come to the surgery, we are encouraging telephone consultations for all problems that do not require a physical examination. Please telephone our reception staff to enquire.

What you can do:

  • Please phone ahead if you have recently travelled overseas, had contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 or have respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or fever so that we can make appropriate arrangements
  • All patients, please wash your hands thoroughly (30 seconds with soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser to clean your hands before arriving at the surgery
  • Please keep some distance between yourself and reception staff on arrival and departing the surgery. We recognise that this is not always possible, but keeping 1.5m away as much as possible will keep our staff safer
  • Please practice good cough hygiene – cough or sneeze into your elbow and blow your nose into a tissue, dispose of the tissue and wash your hands
  • We can only have a maximum of five patients in the waiting room and two patients in a consulting room at any one time in order to observe social distancing guidelines. We may ask you to wait outside or in your car if the waiting room is full. We advise that people not essential to the consultation do not accompany you to the surgery
  • Keep 1.5 metres between yourself and other patients both inside and outside the surgery
  • Influenza vaccination is recommended for all children under 5 years of age, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all adults aged 65 years and over
  • Take a moment to think how you might be able to help someone vulnerable in our community, for example by doing some shopping for them or keeping in touch with a phone call. Working together we can take care of each other and keep our community safer

2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine – available now for the age of Over 65

2020 Influenza Vaccine will be available at our practice mid June 2020 for the unders 65s who have chronic disease, subject to local supply arrangements.

All people aged 6 months to less than 5 years old are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

All people aged 65 and over are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National immunisation Program.

People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

Aboriginal or torres straight islander 6 months and older are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

Anyone with a diagnosed chronic disease are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

Making Appointments

Culburra Beach General Practice is a group practice that work as a team.  Whilst we will always try to book you in with your preferred doctor, in an urgent situation or when your regular GP is unavailable, you will be asked to see one of the other doctors in the practice.

We run by an appointment system, which normally are 15 – 20minutes.  Appointments can be made by telephoning the surgery.

We also have culturally appropriate appointments.

We are an accredited training practice and are fortunate to regularly have registrars on staff as well as visiting medical students from the local university.

A registrar is a Doctor who has completed all training and now wishes to commence their training to specialise in General Practice.

Our practice nurses are extremely experienced and highly trained and in many circumstances, your needs may be met by making an appointment to see a nurse.  Please discuss this with our reception.

Surgery Hours

9:00am to 5.00pm weekdays

Closed for lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Morning Clinic

For our regular patients with urgent medical problems, arising in the previous 24 – 48 hours, or need an ongoing prescription,we run a morning clinic. Regular patients of the practice can arrive between 9.00am and 9.30am without an appointment.

Any forms (including RMS, centrelink ,workcover etc),  ongoing health issues, or post hospital admission are not appropriate for this urgent clinic and a regular appointment should be made by phoning reception.

Out of Hours

At Culburra Beach General Practice we believe it is important there is a GP available to take care of you at all times.

This is why we have a system in place to provide care 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Through the week one of our GPs will be on the end of the phone if you need assistance. Over the weekend we share your care with six other practices who will liaise with us after the weekend about your care. Please call the surgery, 44472450, where a message will inform you how to contact the after hours service.

Emergencies

If you are unable to contact the doctor and the situation is urgent, do not hesitate to telephone 000 for an ambulance or go directly to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Shoalhaven Street, Nowra

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