Welcome To The Blackburn Specialist Centre

Welcome to the Blackburn Specialist Centre

We pride ourselves on a high level of professionalism whilst offering a warm and caring environment to our patients, staff & Specialists.

We have a broad range of highly regarded consulting Specialists and Allied Health Professionals.  Most of our Specialists require a referral from your GP, but many Allied Health Professionals do not need a referral.  Please telephone us on 9875 1161  if you are unsure whether you need a referral.

MANAGING COVID AT HOME

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will likely only experience mild symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment or hospitalisation, especially if fully vaccinated. The RACGP have produced a very useful Covid-19 patient guide, which will help reassure you about what is normal and when to seek further help: https://www.racgp.org.au/FSDEDEV/media/documents/Clinical%20Resources/Guidelines/Managing-mild-COVID-19-at-home-with-assistance-from-your-GP.pdf

If you want to talk to a GP about your results or any symptoms, please make a telehealth appointment.

COVID VACCINE BOOKINGS OPEN FOR AGES 5-11

First session will be held on Saturday 15 January 2022.

You are now able to book an online appointment for a Pfizer vaccine for your 5-11 yr olds. Simply log into our online bookings and search for ‘Covid vaccine 5-11’. These sessions are held in the Blackburn Specialist Centre on Saturday afternoons. Due to space constraints and in order to provide an efficient service, we request you to attend with a ratio of one adult for every child being vaccinated. Please arrange for any children not being vaccinated to be looked after elsewhere. You only need to make an appointment for the first vaccination. We will provide a booking for the second dose (scheduled 8 weeks later).

 

COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS –  WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN. PLEASE BE PATIENT….

From 4 Jan 2021 – booster allowed at 4 months after second dose.

From 31 Jan 2021 – booster allowed at 3 months after second dose.

We are able to offer a booster dose for patients aged 18 and over who have received their first two doses of any of the Covid vaccines.

We will schedule boosters and contact all of the patients who have had their second dose at Blackburn Clinic. You will receive a text message or phone call with details of the scheduled appointment. If this date does not suit you or you do not want to proceed, please telephone the clinic to adjust your appointment. We will try our best to bring you in earlier if requested, but cannot guarantee this.

DESPITE THE REDUCED GAPS BETWEEN THE SECOND DOSE AND BOOSTERS, WE REMAIN LIMITED BY STOCK AVAILABILITY AND WORKFORCE. If we can get extra vaccines and can find the staff to put on even more weekend clinics, we will do so. We understand if patients choose to access a booster earlier elsewhere (please phone to cancel your appointment if this happens so we can offer it to someone else).

Our Covid vaccine stock comes from the Federal Government and the supply chain is a four week process. We are only able to order more stock once every fortnight. Then we wait around 3 weeks for that stock to arrive!

Then we need to organise staff to prepare for the vaccine clinics, book the appointments, administer the vaccines and monitor patients after their injection. Our staff have been amazing in 2020 and 2021 and worked extremely hard but we simply cannot click our fingers and magically make this happen – we need time to get the stock and organise our Covid vaccine clinics. Therefore, most of our Covid Booster Clinics will start on January 1st as previously advertised.

Current patients who did not have their Covid vaccines with us, you are very welcome to telephone the clinic to book in for your booster dose. We will need to know the date that you received your second dose.

The preferred vaccine for the booster dose is Pfizer. If there is a reason why you would prefer an Astra Zeneca booster, then please telephone the clinic and we will arrange a time for you.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said this about Covid vaccine protection: “Just because you get to three months, or four months, or five months, or six months you do not immediately lose your protection, that is not the case.” “It does decease over time, it remains in place for severe infection, but it is diminished for Omicron compared with Delta.”

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

BLACKBURN CLINIC IS STILL PROVIDING BOTH ASTRA ZENECA AND PFIZER VACCINATIONS.

ALL COVID VACCINE BOOKINGS (EXCEPT FOR AGES 5-11) MUST BE MADE BY TELEPHONING THE CLINIC.

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THIRD DOSE

Please note, this is not the same as booster doses. Third doses are for people with immune compromising conditions or medications (eg. cancer, chemotherapy).

If you regularly attend Blackburn Clinic, please call the clinic for an appointment to determine your eligibility. If you are not our regular patient, please arrange a letter confirming eligibility from your GP or relevant specialist, or use the eligibility declaration form.

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For further information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine (including side effects such as the rare blood clotting condition) on the links below:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/05/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine.pdf

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/06/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-advice-on-the-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine-faqs.pdf

For further information about the Pfizer vaccine, please click on the link below:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/08/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine.pdf

HOW TO GET PROOF OF YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

You can get proof via your Medicare online account through myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. See this link for instructions:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof-your-covid-19-vaccinations

Blackburn Clinic GPs at Blackburn Specialist Centre

A site of Blackburn Clinic.

CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS


AT PRESENT, PATIENTS AGED 12 AND OVER MUST HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF A COVID VACCINE TO ENTER OUR PREMISES.

In line with Victorian Government guidance, we will only provide Face-to-Face consultations for patients aged 12 and above if they are fully or partially vaccinated with a Covid vaccine that is recognised by ATAGI. This is not required for patients from birth to 11 years of age.

Patients aged 12 and over who are not vaccinated will still be cared for, but we will need to take extra precautions, by offering a Telehealth consultation in the first instance. Where the GP deems it appropriate, they may then be booked into our Carpark Respiratory Clinic to be seen by a GP in full personal protective equipment.

We take this measure in order to minimise risks to our team and to other patients from Covid infection and to ensure we remain open and available for all of your healthcare needs.

This applies to everyone coming into the clinic, including people accompanying patients.

At this stage we plan to operate in line with Victorian Government advice to many service industries. When the advice for other industries is to re-open to unvaccinated patrons, we will review this protocol. Please respect that this is a clinic policy – please be kind and respectful in your dealings with our staff as they comply with the clinic policy.

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR FACE-TO-FACE.

If you book an appointment online from 22/10/2021, this will be for a FACE-TO-FACE (F2F) consultation (but you are welcome to call the clinic to change this to a Telehealth appointment).

If you make an online booking (for F2F) but are not yet vaccinated against Covid OR have ANY respiratory symptoms prior to the appointment, please phone us to change this to Telehealth. The doctor can decide via Telehealth whether to book you for the Carpark Respiratory Clinic or how else we can assist.

Respiratory symptoms are those associated with having a cold or flu, or having a fever.

We understand some of our Covid protocols are inconvenient – unfortunately if a patient attends in person and is subsequently diagnosed with COVID it means that all staff, doctors (and other patients) who were present need to isolate and be tested. We will struggle to keep operating if staff and doctors keep having to isolate, so our protocols are designed to keep us open, allowing us to continue helping our community.

Exciting news! We are expanding! Please go to our News Page or follow our Facebook page to find out more.

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We have a proud history of over 60 years providing excellence in General Practice with five Blackburn Clinic GPs practicing at this site.  We are a private billing clinic:
  • Comprehensive range of family medicine services
  • Licensed Travel Vaccination Centre
  • A medical training practice accredited with the RACGP
  • Childhood immunisations
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Men’s Health Checks
  • Women’s Health Checks
  • Health assessments for Over 75s
  • Aviation Medicals

 

FLU VACCINATIONS

Flu vaccination bookings can be made by telephoning our reception team. Please be aware that your Flu and COVID vaccinations need to occur at least 1 week apart.

FLU VACCINATIONS CANNOT BE BOOKED ONLINE.

TELEHEALTH

Please phone the clinic to book Telehealth appointments.

TELEHEALTH FEES

Telehealth consultations have an out of pocket Gap (after the Medicare rebate) of $30 (or $15 for Concession patients) for appointments MON-FRI BEFORE 6PM. Telehealth AFTER 6PM and ON WEEKENDS has a Gap of $45 ($30 Concession). These gaps are lower than for face-to-face appointments.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING

Blackburn Specialist Centre is not able to test for COVID-19. Please CLICK HERE to view the Department of Health and Human Services MAP OF COVID-19 TESTING SITES or speak with your GP. Some sites require a referral from your GP.  Click on the site you are interested in attending to get further information about their service.

CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOM CHECKER

CLICK HERE to access the DHHS Symptom Checker.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Please CLICK HERE to view information provided by DHHS about COVID-19, which is available in over 50 different languages.