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Whole Medicine still accessible despite COVID-19

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 8 April 2020
Whole Medicine still accessible despite COVID-19

Firstly, we wish to acknowledge that we are very aware that many people are suffering from uncertainty, confusion, fear and social isolation at the moment and to all of you we send our warmest thoughts and best wishes.

Secondly, we would like to say a big thank you for all your support as a community. We have received so many kind wishes from people and gratitude for our service, which has been quite overwhelming. It is an honour to look after so many grateful people, who offer us all such respect during this challenging time. Australia is doing such a wonderful job of respecting each other and respecting the beauty of life for us all. I am particularly proud of what we have all achieved in all doing our part to flatten the curve.

Many people in the last few weeks have expressed guilt at making a normal medical appointment to see us, feeling like they are wasting our time or placing an unnecessary burden on our resources. Please, please, please be reassured, we are here for you, now more than ever. It is very important to us that we provide you with an even better service now. We have a lot of doctor and psychology availability at the moment and you are not wasting our time. This could be a great opportunity for some to start a new journey looking into health care for yourself, your family or your loved one or friend. Please don't hesitate to call us for all your normal medical needs. Our reception team will guide you through all the changes.

Below is an outline of our offering to our community throughout this pandemic:

  • ALL Patients are now eligible for Telehealth under Medicare.
  • Telehealth includes both video and/or telephone consultations.
  • Telehealth can be done in your home or office or from your car in our car park.
  • Medicare rebates apply to all telehealth consultations including all normal medical appointments, Care Plans, Mental Health Care Plans and Psychology and Dietetics Services.
  • All those over 70 and under 16 years and those at high risk of COVID-19 are bulk-billed.
  • Consultations done from the car park have the advantage that if you do require an examination or investigation this can be actioned at the time.
  • Our reception team will conduct payment over the phone and your Medicare rebate will be automatically reimbursed into your chosen bank account.
  • In the situation where an examination is deemed appropriate a follow-up appointment will be made.
  • Care plans and care plan reviews are all bulk-billed. There is no out of pocket cost for you. These can be done in the comfort of your home. Our Nurse Heather will be calling you over the next few weeks to schedule a good time.
  • All people suffering from upper respiratory symptoms, fever or flu-like illness or those with a travel or cruise ship history are consulted via telehealth only and are not seen in the clinic

Social-distancing is IMPORTANT to us:

  • To minimize human contact and interaction we ask all those that need to be seen at the clinic to wait in their car before seeing your practitioner.
  • Please call reception upon arrival to let us know you are here.
  • Our waiting room is as much as possible a people-free zone.
  • Our door is locked at all times at the moment to make sure this policy is strictly adhered to.
  • For all supplement orders: please phone reception on 5986-4229 to order and to pay. You can nominate to pick it up or have it posted to your home.
  • All people entering the clinic are to have their temperature recorded including staff daily.

Strict Cleaning and Sanitation is in place:

  • All the practitioners and staff adhere to strict hand washing between every patient.
  • A new cleaning roster has been devised and is activated throughout the day.
  • We will reduce any potential environmental contamination by cleaning with agents that are effective against corona viruses, particularly COVID-19. We use agents with high levels of proven efficacy based on external advice.
  • Hand sanitiser is available through-out the clinic for both staff and patient use.
  • We only accept card at this time: no cash, please.

Recommendations as to how these precautions should be implemented are changing all the time and we will strive to provide an environment where we can continue to deliver the best possible patient care, while also looking after the health needs of our valued patients and staff members.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Skin Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP Mental Health COVID-19 Eating Disorders  

Hypertension

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 2 December 2018
Hypertension

Is hypertension the same as high blood pressure?  Yes

Why is it important? Because if we don't treat it, it puts us at risk of damaging our internal blood vessels and risking them bursting.

The outcome of this is commonly a stroke or aneurysm. It is also a major risk factor for heart disease and micro-vascular dementia.

If you are over the age of 50 years, it is important to get your blood pressure checked yearly at the very least. The reason why you need to check it, is that high blood pressure is often associated with no symptoms. So you won't know if you have it.

It is also one of the easiest risk factors to treat.  If your are concerned about your blood pressure, or it fluctuates from time to time or you have a strong family history why not talk to Nurse - Heather about having a 24 hour blood pressure check up 03 5986-4229. This can be done if you are wanting a more accurate diagnosis or if you are on medication and want to make sure it is effective - day and night.

Talk to your GP or nurse today about your blood pressure and they can help you be pro-active about your most important gift - your health.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

Got more than one burning question about your health?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 22 October 2018
Got more than one burning question about your health?

Meet the Rosebud GPs with time for your whole health story

If you're proactive about your health, you might like to meet Whole Medicine's integrative GPs.

Dr Michelle Woolhouse
MBBS, FRACGP, FACNEM, FASLM
Dr Woolhouse founded the clinic in 2009 to provide Mornington Peninsula residents with a holistic medicine option. After completing her medical degree in 1996, she became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner's (RACGP), and of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM). Dr Woolhouse also has post graduate training in hypnotherapy, acupuncture and mind-body medicine.

Dr Preveena Nair
MBBS, FRACGP
After completing her medical and surgical training in 2008, Dr Nair undertook post graduate training in nutritional medicine and mind-body medicine. Her special interests include women's, sexual and mental health, prevention and paediatrics.

Dr Caitlin O'Mahony
MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
Dr O'Mahony is an integrative GP and shared care practitioner who focuses on nutrition, mental health, sexual health, chronic illness and stress management. She was the inaugural Deputy Chair of The Water Well Project for refugees and asylum seekers.

Dr Angela Tallarida
MBBS, FRACGP
A Mornington Peninsula local, Dr Tallarida is passionate about how modern science is revealing the evidence behind ancient wisdom and practices like meditation and yoga. She specialises in mental health, chronic pain, stress management, gut health and travel medicine.

Medicare rebates apply for all services.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Skin Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

Do you want healthy, happy hormones?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 25 September 2018
Do you want healthy, happy hormones?
Do you suffer from:
  • Hot flushes, forgetfulness, joint aches and palpitations?
  • Sweet or chocolate cravings?
  • Afternoon fatigue?
  • Waking through the night?
  • PMT?
  • Lowered mood?
  • Excessive bloating, swelling or weight gain?

If so, your hormones may be playing a role.

Healthy hormones are one of the cornerstones of good health and well-being. Did you know that hormones affect every living cellular being? Good hormonal health is associated with good mental health, optimal performance, good energy and sleep to name a few, they are even associated with regulating our cravings and helping us find the perfect partner.

The other beautiful thing about hormones is that they all love talking to each other, so the health of one system affects the health of the other, for good and for bad.

Names such insulin, progesterone, melatonin, gherelin, thyroxine and cortisol are but a few of the crucial hormones that are at play when considering our optimal health.

But how do we affect our hormones, what can we do to make sure they are working as well as they can? Well this is where lifestyle, food choices, mental health, sleep, relaxation and other factors come into play.

Because hormones played a role in cellular health since time began, nature has evolved with nutrients, herbs and other vital things to help us along our way.

If you would like more information, why not come along to an intimate night with Dr Michelle Woolhouse and her colleagues. She will talk you through all the inter-connection that you need to know to understand and optimise your hormonal balance and your well-being.

Date:Thursday 11th October 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street Frankston
Cost: $30

Only 20 tickets left! Click here to secure your tickets.

 

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Health and Well Being Family GP  

Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 25 September 2018
Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

Did you know that sleep is one of the most important factor for long term mental and physical health?

Even short-term sleep deprivation is associated with a poorer productivity and poorer mental health. Sleep is a vital time for rest, rejuvenation and cellular repair. It is during sleep that our immune system does it's finest work, alongside the liver detoxification, hormonal balance, emotional regulation and gut function.

Alarmingly teenagers and even small children are getting into bad sleep habits and are recurrently suffering from sleep deprivation affecting their learning, social functioning and mental health. In fact, sleep apnea is one of the most significant inter-relational factors in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Sleep apnea is one of Australia's most under diagnosed chronic health issues. The reason being apart from fatigue, most sufferers don't know that they have interrupted sleep, because the waking last only seconds but can be as frequent as 60 times an hour. This is called micro-wakings. Micro-wakings are not recalled and the sufferer often wakes fatigues, has increased daytime sleepiness and lower production.

Sometimes sleep disturbance when it happens over a long period of time can be an underlying cause of chronic fatigue, chronic depression, difficulty losing weight and treatment resistant high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea is also associated with an increased risk of sudden death, heart attacks and strokes.

At Whole Medicine we have invested in the latest sleep diagnostic machine and are offering home sleep tests for as little as $180.00.

If you are interested, please talk to your GP or simply make an appointment with our practice Nurse, Heather 03 5986-4229.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

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