With the introduction of eHealth, their have been some changes at Florence St
1. Staff will be verifying your identity and downloading your individual healthcare
identifier number (IHI No.) from the Department of Human Services. The IHI No.
is a 16 digit randomly generated number issued to all individuals in Australia. It is
computer readable but DOES NOT hold any health information. It is intended to
be used to identify you for the purpose of secure messages and in the personally
controlled electronic health record system.
2. Doctors will be able to send a copy of your referral via secure encrypted email to
your specialist (if the specialist has this capability).
3. You may notice a barcode on the bottom of your prescriptions. This barcode may
be scanned by pharmacists to allow accurate printing of your prescription. In
addition a central prescription exchange is notified of the dispensing of your
medication. The exchange then sends electronic information to your doctor in
regards to what brand, which pharmacist and how many tablets were supplied.
This facility is optional, if you do not wish to participate- please talk to your doctor.
Festive Season Opening Hours-
Monday 24th December– 8.30am–5pm
Tuesday 25th December– CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December– CLOSED
Thursday 27th December– 8.30am-5pm
Friday 28th December– 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 29th December– 8.30am-12pm
Sunday 30th December– CLOSED
Monday 31st December– 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday 1st January– CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd January– 8.30am-5pm
Thursday 3rd January– 8.30am-6pm
Friday 4th January– 8.30am-6pm
In an emergency please phone 000 for an ambulance. For all other medical services please phone
Family Care Medical Services on: 137425
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday period from all the doctors and staff at Florence Street.
Florence St Family Practice are pleased to announce that Marianne Plahn, a clinical psychologist, with extensive experience has commenced consulting at the surgery on Wednesdays.
The next few months sees Florence St Family Practice focussing on exercise and lifestyle.
Nicki McMahon, an exercise practitioner, will be available to provide fitness assessments and tailor an exercise program to meet your needs and prevent chronic disease.
She will also be providing a series of talks on various topics such as: how to exercise without getting hurt and falls prevention. Please phone the surgery for more details.
11-17th of June is Men's Health week 2012.
Why Men's health week?
A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.
Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.
Health comes about when we live in circumstances that enable us to gain wellness. Creating positive environments in men's and boy's lives is the idea behind the ‘environMENts’ theme for Men’s Health Week 2012.
Some helpful websites for men include:
May 27 to June 2nd is Kidney Health Week or Red Undies Week. Over 50 people a day die with kidney related disease.
Early detection, treatment and awareness of kidney disease can ‘save lives and reduce the need for dialysis’.
Are you at risk...?
• Have high blood pressure
• Are obese
• Are a smoker
• Have established heart problems
• Have diabetes
• Have a family history of kidney disease
• Are 60 years or older
• Are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
If you answered yes to any of these questions- see your doctor for a Kidney Health Check (a blood test and urine test, as well as a blood pressure check).
Learn more about kidney disease by visiting the website:
It's not too late for the flu vaccine! The flu vaccine is recommended for all people over 65, pregnant women, people with a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and also for people planning to travel overseas. For more information, talk to your doctor about the flu vaccine.
Also, remember that the 31st of May is World No Tobacco Day. It is meant to encourage people to not use tobacco for 24 hours and help people think about quitting for life. For more information about quitting- talk to your doctor and look at websites such as: http://www.quitnow.gov.au/
Easter Trading Hours:
Good Friday 6th April...............CLOSED
Easter Saturday 7th April..........OPEN 8.30am to 12 Midday
Easter Sunday 8th April............CLOSED
Easter Monday 9th April...........CLOSED
Tuesday 10th April...................Normal trading hours
As of January 14th, 2012 we welcome Kim Parsons our new accredited practising dietitian. She has interests in weight management, heart disease, diabetes and food intolerances. Kim is also interested in exercise science. Start the New Year by eating well and exercising!