With February having flown by this year, it feels like a long time ago that I was on a beach enjoying the sun. One of the things still on my to-do list is to get a skin check done. When did you last have yours?
As a clinic we are doing more skin checks and procedures, and while a nasty result is less common, we have diagnosed a few. Dr Kyle, Dr Shea and our new doctor Dr Imogen all have a particular interest in skin but all Turn the Corner’s doctors are experienced and skilled in performing skin checks.
Be sunsmart; slip, slop, slap, seek and slide; even when the sun is behind clouds the UV index can be high! Check your skin regularly, if you notice anything changing or anything new arrange a prompt GP review.
Dr Imogen will be joining us working Monday, Thursday evening and most Saturdays. We know it can be frustrating not being able to get in to see us when things happen ‘afterhours’ so we are trying hard to meet your needs.
Dr Imogen has moved to Melbourne and has special interest in chronic disease management, women’s health, minor procedures and dermatology (a field in which she also undertakes clinical research).
We are looking at extending our nursing hours also so watch this space!
Dr Shea debunks Fatigue for us…
Fatigue is one of the most common issues resulting in investigations in general practice, and one that causes significant concerns to patients and impacts on daily life.
Fatigue can be described as; reduced capacity or motivation for work with feelings of weariness, sleepiness, irritability or loss of ambition (1). Who hasn’t experienced this at some point?
Usually fatigue results from a multifactorial constellation of issues that can be difficult to pin down but most commonly include interrupted sleep patterns, anxiety/stress and viral illness.
Much less commonly fatigue is related to a serious underlying medical condition (infections, heart irregularities, metabolic disorders). Initial investigations are often used to screen for these medical conditions. Iron deficiency, thyroid dysfunction, coeliac disease (and pregnancy!) are sometimes discovered when these screening investigations are done, although in the majority of cases there is no clear physical cause found.
Discussing your concerns about fatigue with your GP is recommended given the significant impact it can have on your everyday life.
- Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. 28th edn. Baltimore, Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
A another great book recommendation from Dr Alison
By Steve Heron
Published by Nurture Works
Available at www.stevehron.com
Warning! This is not a book for enjoyment! It is a book to help explore difficult themes with primary age children.
You know how markets sometimes reveal totally unexpected little gems? Well, that’s what happened to me when I visited Geraldton Market (WA) in June last year. I spotted a lovely set of bird photographs (I am a very amateur bird enthusiast). Whilst having a chat with the pleasant, bearded man running the stall I suddenly noticed some kids books tucked to the side.
This is how I came across Steve Heron’s “Feel Safe Feel Right” books for children.
The six books address challenges children may face while growing up – parental separation, loneliness, bullying, grief, domestic violence, sexual abuse. Hopefully none of these experiences will form part of your own child’s growing up, but they are, unfortunately, realities of the world we live in. These books are great conversation starters, especially for older primary children, however they are likely to be a bit too distressing for younger readers.
The Ging uses colourful illustrations and bird characters to explore themes of care for nature, the expression of emotion through destructive behaviours, and the topic of alcohol and domestic violence.