March 2020 Newsletter – Asthma, COVID and the Flu

March 2020 Newsletter – Asthma, COVID and the Flu

Posted on Mar 25, 2020

This month we hear from Dr Ben about this upcoming flu season and why the flu vaccines are important and beneficial. We also say farewell to one of our nurses Jill, but welcome two new friendly faces to the clinic.

Asthma, COVID and the Flu 

      Asthma is a common condition  in Australia, affecting 1 in 9 people in Australia and occuring in all age groups.

In the context of the recent outbreak of COVID19 and upcoming flu season, it is important to make sure your asthma is being optimally managed, and that appropriate medications are available to you in the case of an exacerbation.

Symptoms of poorly controlled asthma can include recurrent wheeze, breathlessness and a daytime or nighttime cough.  Poorly controlled asthma can also lead to frequent exacerbations and hospitalisations.

We are advising all patients with asthma (or suspected asthma) to consider booking in for a consultation with a GP to optimise their asthma care.

It is also well known that influenza is a common trigger of asthma, even in people who only have occasional symptoms. People who have asthma are also more likely to be severely affected by the flu, with higher rates of hospitalisation in these people. For this reason, we are advising all patients to get their flu shot as early as they can. We anticipate having ours available in early April, and will make a further announcement on our website and newsletter when they are.

      Next up for this month, we would like to say goodbye to our lovely nurse Jill. Most of you will have seen Jill for Care plans or vaccinations, she was a lovely presence in our clinic and we wish her all the best for the future. We would also like to welcome two new faces to our clinic, Dr Ambika and our new nurse Petra!

Dr Ambika 

I am a University of Melbourne medical graduate and an Australian trained GP. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and taking a holistic approach to health. I have a special interest in women’s health and sexual health medicine. I have completed extra certification in these areas through RANZCOG and Family Planning Australia. Discussions regarding pregnancy care, pregnancy choices, contraceptive choices and reproductive health are my areas of interest. I insert and remove Implanons, and remove IUD devices. I am a PrEP prescriber. When not at work, you can find me on long walks with my dog and enjoying the outdoors.

Nurse Petra

I moved to Melbourne from New Zealand at the beginning of 2020 and was fortunate enough to become a member of the Turn The Corner family. Back in New Zealand I worked as a Practice Nurse for 2 years receiving ongoing training for cervical screening and childhood immunisations. I am passionate about all areas of general practice with a focus around preventive care.

COVID-19 Clinic Updates

Here at Turn the Corner we are striving to give the best care to all of our patients during this trying time. If you click on this link, it will take you to Dr Tamsin’s channel where she will be posting updates on how the clinic will continue to provide the best service to all our patients.