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The CMC Newsletter | December 2021 | Issue 1

IN THIS ISSUE…

Festive Greetings!
Our CMC COVID Angels
Dr Kiss new role with CMC
Meet Montana
Warwick Campdraft & Rodeo 2021
Queensland Health – QScript
Commencing in 2022

CMC CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS 

25TH DEC – CLOSED 
26TH DEC – CLOSED 
27TH DEC – 9AM – 11AM
28TH DEC – 9AM – 11AM 

SENDING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FESTIVE GREETINGS! 

From our CMC family to yours, we wish you a joyful festive season and a safe and prosperous New Year. The CMC will be open on both the 27th and 28th Dec between 9am and 11am, for any medical needs. 

We would like to thank you for your support in 2021. 

It has been a challenging year for our community, dealing with drought, floods and the ongoing concerns and changing landscape of COVID-19. And through it all, CMC has been and will continue to be your healthcare home in 2022. 

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new telephone system for the centre in the new year, which we anticipate will assist our friendly reception team members to answer your calls in a timely and efficient manner. We will continue to invest in systems that support our centre, such as our online booking system, to provide you and your family with ongoing professional medical care. We are proud to be part of the ever changing and evolving medical community in the Southern Downs. 

Dr Louise Clarke and Dr Lynton Hudson 

OUR CMC COVID ANGELS 

Some dedicated community members have come out of retirement to assist the Condamine Medical Centre COVID-19 team increase our regions preparedness for the inevitable summer wave of COVID-19 cases, anticipated across the Southern Downs as interstate borders reopen. 

Dubbed our “CMC COVID Angels” this enthusiastic band of local professionals, including Dr David Ure and Nurse Lead Jillian Browne, have been working alongside CMC team members Dr Bianca Pettigrew, Sally Carr, Jenny Brosnan, Robyn Fraser and Montana Nicholson (to name but a few) to provide a COVID-19 testing site at 67 Guy Street, Warwick. This is in addition to the commencement of AstraZeneca evening clinics at the Wood St practice on 31st March 2021. A morning Pfizer clinic has been operational since mid-June and is currently located at Assisi Place, St Mary’s Church via Acacia Avenue in Warwick. 

Dr Pettigrew says that “GP’s are experts in the field of disease prevention” and is strongly encouraging Southern Downs residents to play their part to assist our region be as prepared as possible. “The CMC COVID-19 team are working to ensure that our residents are immunised within best practice timeframe guidelines. We are doing our part for our community, to keep our residents as safe as possible, but we need your help. We need you to speak with your GP if you have any doubts about getting vaccinated, then book in for your shot as quickly as possible. You will be doing it for yourself, your family, friends, your mates at work, really the entire community.” 

CMC Admin Officer Jenny Brosnan offered some insight into how the hardworking team keep their energy and enthusiasm levels high, “a simple smile or a ‘thank-you’ as patients walk out the door is enough to keep me going”, Jen says, “it makes us feel appreciated”. It is when some “extraordinary acts of kindness happen, that really make the teams day” Jen explains. The Warwick and wider community have been showing their support for the local ‘CMC COVID Angels’ dropping off home baked treats and sweets for the hardworking team as a gesture of appreciation. 

The locals who have been rolling up their sleeve to get the jab have advised that they appreciate the streamlined service and the relatively short wait periods, given our city cousins often experience lengthy wait times, sometimes up to several hours. 

Bookings for the COVID-19 clinics are by appointment only and can be made online by clicking here or by calling 4666 9666 and following the prompts to the COVID clinic team. 

L – R: J Browne, J Brosnan, Dr B Pettigrew, S Carr, Dr D Ure
DR KISS NEW ROLE WITH CMC

We are pleased to advise that Dr Kiss has returned to the CMC in a newcapacity.

Dr Kiss is rostered for part-time skin cancer care, in addition to embracing ateaching role for Registrar Doctors. 

Dr. Kiss will not be available for routine consultations, though he highlyrecommends the younger doctors within the practice.

Dr. Kiss wishes to thank all his patients who he has enjoyed looking after overthe last 28 years, and he also wishes to thank CMC doctors and staff for theirassistance and support over that time as well. 

MEET MONTANA

My name is Montana Nicholson and I am part of the CMC COVID Angels team. I assist patients to confirm and/or reschedule both Pfizer and AstraZeneca appointments and also provide administration and registration support at the CMC COVID clinics. I work part-time and have been with the team since June 2021.

The best part of my role with CMC is hearing great feedback from patients and I really enjoy helping people through the immunisation process.

My family live in Warwick and this is my first job since graduating from WarwickChristian College as a Senior in 2020. 

Outside of work I am really interested in learning other languages, and I love international music, and reading psychological thrillers. 

My idea of a perfect day off would be to visit the Gold Coast and soak up all the energy and vibrancy that the region has to offer. 

WARWICK CAMPDRAFT & RODEO 2021

The cowboy boots and Akubras have been dusted off for another year with Australia’s Most Famous Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft being held at the end of October, following the annual event being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The CMC team send their congratulations to the Warwick Show and RodeoSociety volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring all the excitement and action to life in a CovidSafe environment. A special mention of thanks to Dr Lance Otto, Dr John Davis and Dr Lynton Hudson who also volunteered their time over the weekend as on-site practitioners. 

Medicines can be a helpful part of treatment, but some medicines can be harmful or even fatal especially when mixed with other medicines. That’s why Queensland Health has introduced a real time prescription monitoring system called QScript.

QScript is a computer system that provides your doctors, pharmacists and other prescribers with up-to-date information about certain prescription medicines you have received.

The medicine information contained in QScript is essential to your healthcare providers and may promote open discussions with you on the safety and quality use of your medicines.

COMMENCING IN 2022

Do you take more than 5 medications?

Not taking them properly or mixing the wrong ones can have very serious consequences. A Home Medication Review is aFREE service offered to you where a health professional reviews your medication at home. They will check:

  • Everything is being taken correctly and hasn’t passed its use by date;
  • Show you show to store medicines properly;
  • Suggest ways of helping you remember to take the right medicines at the right time;
  • Suggest whether any medicines could be changed

TALK TO YOUR CMC DOCTOR IN 2022 TO ARRANGE A HOME MEDICATION REVIEW DURING YOUR NEXT CONSULTATION

Pfizer Vaccine for 5-11 year olds

On 5 Dec 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)provisionally approved the Pfizer vaccine for use among 5 – 11year old children in Australia.

Research shows that the Pfizer vaccine is up to 91 percent effective in children. Parents, carers and guardians can be reassured that by vaccinating their children against COVID-19 they have done everything possible to keep their child safe from this virus. Children will receive 2 doses of the vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The children’s dose is one third of the dose for people aged 12 years and over.

At this stage, CMC will be providing a children’s clinic potentially commencing in mid February 2022, via on-line booking only. More information will be available through the CMC website in mid January 2022.