Your Doctor - JANUARY 2021

Newsletter Topics

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  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)


DATED: 23.12.2020

Private Flu Vaccine 2020


  • FOR PEOPLE AGED 5 to 64 who are not eligible, for the funded vaccine, we now have private flu vaccines available.
  • Please phone reception on 4778 6444 to book
  • Cost is $19 and must be paid on booking
  • We will notify when Govt. funded vaccines have arrived

DATED: 26.03.2020

MESSAGE From the Team at BMP

Here at Bluewater Medical, we have been part of Northern Beaches Community for nearly 25 years. As such, our medical practice will be maintaining continuity of care and fulfilling your health needs during these challenging times. We aim to help keep you safe, in line with our first priority: the health and safety of our patients and our team.

We wish to assure you that we are treating the Coronavirus seriously and want to share with you some of the actions taken so far, to take precautions in Infection Control. We are constantly reviewing the advice and recommendations of the Australian Government, Queensland Health, local health authorities and the World Health Organisation.

Here is a sample of counter-measures already in place at our Practice:

o Thorough surface sanitation is carried out throughout the Waiting Areas, Entrance/Exits, Public Toilet’s;
o Cleansing of all working surfaces and common areas hourly;
o Sanitation services provided throughout the day to appropriate touch points and common areas;
o we have taken the action to remove the reading material ie: magazine and books
o We have also removed some of the waiting room chairs and expanded the space so that no one is sitting shoulder to shoulder.
o Hand Sterilisation unit is at the Reception entrance, and we are asking all persons entering the practice to please use this;
o With advance notice, if required, we can arrange your consult to be held in our Isolation Room (Room 10) which has access from the Verandah, this allows minimal contact with our Team and no contact with other members of the public.
o Anyone experiencing Cold or Flu symptoms should advise Reception when making their booking, as you may be required to phone again on your arrival into the Car Park where further instruction will be given.
o We are now conducting Telehealth/Telephone consultations to our most vulnerable groups of patients:
 Patient is Over 70
 ATSI patient is Over 50
 Patient has a chronic disease (eg Chronic health condition - ever had 721 billed or lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure.
 Patient is immunocompromised
 Patient is pregnant
 Patient is a mum with a child under 1 year of age

Given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, we are constantly monitoring developments and will be ready to act quickly across the Medical Practice.

As developments arise we will continue to add to the many precautionary measures already in place across our medical practice and will respond quickly to each emerging situation as it occurs, to help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.

In the meantime, whether you prefer to engage with us in person for a consult or by Telephone Consultation, we are ready and equipped to support your needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need advice please call us 07 47786444.

Thanking You,

Dated: 21.03.2020


COVID-19   /  Coronavirus

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common symptoms of coronavirus infection include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties

In severe cases, symptoms become more advanced:

  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • Kidney failure pneumonia
  • Death

To highlight the difficulty of accurately describing coronavirus symptoms, around 5% of cases report a sore throat and runny nose, while a small percentage also report diarrhoea and vomiting.


Influenza has been widely researched and most Australians are probably already familiar with its symptoms. However, according to WHO, they can include:

  • Fever (often with abrupt onset)
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain


Consider where you live and where you have been in the last 14 days.

If you live in an area with very limited cases of known coronavirus, and you find yourself with a sore throat or a runny nose and some muscle pain, you are more likely to have the flu than coronavirus.

The likelihood that you have Coronavirus rather than the Flu really depends on the following factors:


  • If you believe that you have coronavirus, book a doctor appointment BY PHONE, and make it clear when you’re booking your appointment that you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus.
  • Please do not book online.
  • We’ll chat with you over the phone to book you in to see a GP and ensure that you’re ok.
  • If possible, wear a mask when you leave the house but try to stay home and rest to avoid spreading it further.
  • Please practice good hygiene!      Wash hands, cough into your elbow, throw away dirty tissues.
  • If you suspect that you have the flu, the same rules apply. Speak to a medical professional.
  • When the Flu Vaccines do arrive, we will be holding Flu Vaccination Clinics which we will advertise on our Webpage, Facebook, SMS and with signage around the Practice.

dated @ 13.03.2020


Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee) is a type of surgery that repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch, As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes.

Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.

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Below, only upper eye lid surgery was done

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If you attend with a referral letter from Optometrist which confirms that there is a reduction of visual field, a Medicare Rebate applies.

Risks from this the surgery are rare. Dr Hasa does the procedure by local anaesthetic only. For the anxious patient, mild sedation in a form of sedating injection can be done prior to the procedure, if necessary. The Blepharoplasty is usually done on both eyes at the same time to achieve symmetrical result and surgery lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes only one eyelid needs correction, for example for a patient after stroke.

In total, you will be attending for three consultations.

  1. You will need pre-operative consult with the Dr. Hasa to discuss the procedure and make your decision.
  2. Booking for the procedure, allowing at least 30 minutes.
  3. Booking for Removal of Sutures and After Care instructions.

Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:

  • Infection and bleeding
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
  • Noticeable scarring
  • The need for a follow-up surgery

Dr. Vladimir Hasa, FRACGP,Dip Obs Gyn

Principal Bluewater Medical Practice

Ph 07 47 786 444

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