North Bellingen Medical Centre will be closed on Monday, 25th April due to Anzac Day. We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 26th April.

 

– FOR URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION PLEASE PHONE 000 OR PRESENT TO BELLINGEN HOSPITAL.

– FOR NON-URGENT ADVICE PHONE HEALTH DIRECT ON 1800 022 222

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1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Screening mammograms are recommended for all women aged between 50 and 74 every 2 years.

The mobile unit is coming to Bellingen on 20-27 April at the Bellingen Showground.

Phone 13 20 50 to book.

     

North Bellingen Medical Centre is closed from

Friday 24th December & re-opening on Tuesday 4th January .

– FOR URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION PLEASE PHONE 000 OR PRESENT TO BELLINGEN HOSPITAL.

– FOR NON-URGENT ADVICE PHONE HEALTH DIRECT ON 1800 022 222

– FOR COVID TESTING:

Please refer to NSW Health website for testing clinic locations and hours. 

All the staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 

 

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🛑 Covid Testing Clinics Update 21.12.2021 🛑

COVID-19 testing clinics are open across the Mid North Coast this week, including a new drive-through service at Bellingen.
The Bellingen clinic is located at 15 Watson Street (in the old Bellorana aged care facility) and will operate from 10am to 2pm today (Tuesday 21 December) and 8am to 12pm tomorrow (Wednesday 22 December).
Our drive-through testing clinic opening hours are:
📌 Coffs Harbour
International Stadium
8am to 6.30pm weekdays
📌 Kempsey
Corner of Verge and Sydney streets
8am to 4pm weekdays
📌 Macksville
Dudley Street
9am to 4.30pm weekdays
📌 Port Macquarie
Regional Stadium
8am to 4pm weekdays
📌 South West Rocks
Steve Eagleton Drive
9am to 3.30pm (closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm) Tuesday and Thursday
📌 Woolgoolga
CWA Rooms, Beach Street
9.30am to 1.30pm weekdays
Please get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms to help protect yourself, your loved ones and the community.
To find a testing clinic near you, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/clinics
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🛑 Covid Testing Clinics Update 20.12.2021 🛑

For covid testing for travel please refer to

S&N Pathology Park Beach Plaza

Shop 61, Park Beach Plaza

253 Pacific Highway

Coffs Harbour

If you are symptomatic please refer to

Nambucca Respiratory Clinic

Nambucca Shopping Plaza

Giinagay Way

Nambucca Heads

8:30am-4:30pm

OR

Coffs Harbour Drive Through Clinic

International Stadium

Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour

8:30am-4:30pm

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🛑 Bellingen Covid Testing Clinic Update 🛑

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology will cease operation of the Bellingen Drive through Covid testing clinic as of 1.30pm Friday the 3rd of December.

Please refer to the NSW Health Website below to locate your nearest Covid Testing Clinic.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/clinics

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***Christmas Closures***

Now is the time to start thinking about whether you need to see your GP to ensure you have your scripts and any referrals required over the Christmas break.

Book your appointment today by phoning 6655 1755 or booking online via HotDoc

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Needing your vaccination evidence? We are receiving an increasing amount of enquiries requesting evidence of vaccinations. Please see below.

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Please be advised that the practice will have NEW opening hours from Monday 1st November 2021.

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-1:00pm

 

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COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE – 6th September 2021

Bookings are now being taken for the Covid-19 vaccination – for those aged from 12 years and older.

NBMC are offering vaccine bookings for everyone in the community, not just our patients.

Please note if you are not a patient of NBMC you will need a current health summary from your regular GP to bring to your vaccine appointment as well as a completed consent form. (Available from NBMC Reception or Forms and Documents – North Bellingen Medical Centre (yourhealth.net.au))

Please phone the Practice on 6655 1175 to make a booking.

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COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE – 19th July 2021

We have been overwhelmed with increasing enquiries regarding the Covid-19 vaccinations and we thank you for your patience.

Our staff are doing their best with constantly changing guidelines and the increasing number of calls.

NBMC are offering vaccine bookings for everyone in the community, not just our patients.

Please note if you are not a patient of NBMC you will need a current health summary from your regular GP to bring to your vaccine appointment as well as a completed consent form. (Available from the practice)

Bookings are now being taken for the Covid-19 vaccination. Depending upon your eligibility your name may be placed on a wait list until further appointments are made available.

The following people are now eligible:

• All people aged 40 years and over • All residential aged care workers aged 16 years or older • The following people aged 16 to 39 years:

o Quarantine and border workers and their household contacts o Aged and disability care workers and disability care residents o Healthcare workers o Critical and high risk workers o Traveler with a travel exemption o Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people o Person with an underlying medical condition (determined by the eligibility checker/guidelines) o Pregnant women

To check if you are eligible please follow this link https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/?lang=en

After checking your eligibility please phone the practice on 6655 1755 between 9am and 5pm to make a booking.

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COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE – 6th July 2021

We are now taking bookings for patients over the age of 40 years for the Covid-19 Vaccination.

To check if you are eligible please follow this link https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/?lang=en

If you are eligible please phone NBMC on 6655 1755 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday to book your appointments for your 1st and 2nd doses.

North Bellingen Medical Centre supports the implementation of the COVID Vaccine and is dedicated in providing our patients with reliable information about the Government roll out strategy and vaccines.

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Telehealth Update

From the 1st July 2021 Medicare is changing telehealth appointment requirements.

At this stage telephone consults will only be available for script renewals and referrals. Management plans, plan reviews and complex issues will need a face to face appointment.

Unfortunately we are unsure of what further changes the Government will implement however we will update this information accordingly.



COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

We are now taking vaccination booking’s for patients over the age of 50 years.

To check if you are eligible please follow this link

https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/?lang=en

North Bellingen Medical Centre supports the implementation of the COVID Vaccine and is dedicated in providing our patients with reliable information about the Government roll out strategy and vaccines.

If you are eligible please phone NBMC on 6655 1755 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday to book your appointments for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

North Bellingen Medical Centre supports the implementation of the COVID Vaccine and is dedicated in providing our patients with reliable information about the Government roll out strategy and vaccines. Coffs Harbour Hospital has been named as a vaccine hub for Phase 1a rollout. NBMC will update this page regularly as soon as we know any further information regarding Phase 1b. Our receptionists will not be able to tell you any further information so we ask that you check this page before calling the practice.

COVID-19 CLINICS INFORMATION (Current as at 10/02/2021)

Bellingen Drive Through Clinic 15-23 Watson Street, Bellingen 9am – 9:30am  (Monday to Friday). Pre-register by phoning Three Rivers Health on 6655 0663 Nambucca Heads Respiratory Clinic Cnr Giinagay Way and Wilunga Avenue (in Nambucca Healthcare Centre) Monday to Friday 9am-12pm Appointments 6568 8688 Macksville Drive Through Clinic 11 Dudley Street, Macksville Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm No appointment necessary Children under 6 years to go to Emergency Department for testing. Coffs Harbour 220 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour (Former Red & White Medical Centre) Mon to Fri – 8am to 4:30pm Sat/Sun 8am-2pm Children under 6 need to go to CHHC Emergency Department Woolgoolga Clinic CWA rooms 21 Beach Street Woolgoolga Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am – 1:30 pm

*UPDATED* COVID-19 CLINIC

The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection. No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should contact your usual GP for those. Clinic Location: 15-23 Watson St, Bellingen (the old Watson Street Hostel). Clinic Hours: The Clinic is open 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) from 9am-9:30am (subject to change). No appointments are necessary. Who Can Attend The Clinic: Any Shire resident or visitor What Will Happen At The Clinic: You should drive to the Clinic and enter the driveway as signposted. Please stay in your car (including children). Keep the air conditioner running if the weather is warm. You will be met by a staff member who will record your details (please have your Medicare card with you). You will then proceed along the driveway to be seen by a nurse and doctor. Your visit will take about 10 minutes, longer if there are a lot of attendees. Results: If you are tested, it is important that you then remain in home isolation until the result is back. Results can take up to 72 hours. You may also results via SMS. If You Don’t Have a Car: You should still enter via the driveway on foot. You will be shown to a separate seating area. Alternative Clinics: There is a Fever Clinic at Coffs Harbour Hospital, currently open Mon-Fri from 10am to 2pm. Phone 1300 001 956 for more details. Other Information: There are no public toilets at the Clinic. The Clinic does not give out masks or other protective equipment for home use. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 CLINIC

The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection. No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should contact your usual GP for those. Clinic Location: 15-23 Watson St, Bellingen (the old Watson Street Hostel). Clinic Hours: The Clinic is open 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) from 12pm-2pm (subject to change). No appointments are necessary. Who Can Attend The Clinic: Any Shire resident or visitor What Will Happen At The Clinic: You should drive to the Clinic and enter the driveway as signposted. Please stay in your car (including children). Keep the air conditioner running if the weather is warm. You will be met by a staff member who will record your details (please have your Medicare card with you). You will then proceed along the driveway to be seen by a nurse and doctor. You will be tested for Coronavirus ONLY if you meet the current NSW Health testing criteria: – Overseas travel or a cruise in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms – Close contact with someone with COVID in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms – Healthcare or aged care workers WITH a fever or flu-like illness If you are tested, it is important that you then remain in home isolation until the result is back. Your visit will take about 10 minutes, longer if there are a lot of attendees. If You Don’t Have a Car: You should still enter via the driveway on foot. You will be shown to a separate seating area. Alternative Clinics: There is a Fever Clinic at Coffs Harbour Hospital, currently open Mon-Fri from 10am to 2pm. Phone 1300 001 956 for more details. Other Information: There are no public toilets at the Clinic. The Clinic does not give out masks or other protective equipment for home use.   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________   We listened to you…. And we are improving patient care At North Bellingen Medical Centre, we carried out a patient survey (The Practice Accreditation and Improvement Survey) and asked for your honest opinions on the services we provide. We listened to your concerns and are taking the following steps to make improvements to patient care where you feel it would be most useful:  
 What you told us                  How we plan to improve
Reduced waiting times •      Reception to phone patients when their Dr is running more than 30 mins late •      Reception to inform patients of their “place in the queue” when Dr’s are running late •      Dr’s and Reception to educate patients on the importance or making the correct appointment type. Eg, short for 1 or 2 concerns. Long for 2 or more concerns
Upgrade mobility parking •      Write a letter to council stating concerns and request an upgrade
Home Visits •      Home visits are available at the doctor’s discretion to those living in a 10km radius. •      These visits are generally reserved for the immobile and chronically ill.
After Hours Service •      Our doctors have contributed to afterhours care for the past 40 years through the oncall roster at the BRDH. •      There is a doctor on call at the BRDH 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Including public holidays.

 

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