Coronavirus

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

If you’re concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, follow the below steps:

1. Call the hotline – 1800 020 080

2. DO NOT present to the practice as this puts other patients and staff at risk
3. If you are unwell please go directly to the Emergency Department.  Please call the hospital first so they can prepare for your arrival

Find out more information via the links below:

More information can be found on the following links: 

Q&A on coronaviruses: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Infection prevention and control: https://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/prevention_control/en/

STATEMENT FROM WA CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER: https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Media-releases/Chief-Health-Officer-statement-Novel-Coronavirus

Christmas Food Drive

We’re hosting a food drive again this Christmas and collecting items for Food Bank. Please drop off any items at our reception!

We can accept:

  • Canned meals
  • Long-life milk
  • Tea and coffee
  • Pasta sauces
  • Spreads and jams
  • Nappies
  • Canned veggies
  • Canned soups
  • Pasta and rice
  • Oats and cereal
  • Washing products
  • Dental products
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned tuna
  • Baked beans
  • Flour
  • Meal bases
  • Toilet paper

Thank you for your support! Find out more about Food Bank here.

WA Mental Health Week – 6th – 12th October : It Starts In Our Communities

We are pleased to put the focus this week on mental health, and the crucial part it plays in the wellbeing of our Lockridge Community.

For more than 50 years, Mental Health Week in WA has been instrumental in bringing awareness to people’s mental health and is coordinated by the  Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) , with the support of the Government of Western Australia, Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest .

This year the focus is on how we live, learn, work and play, and being aware that it’s a combination of these factors that impact our mental well being.

Mental health is a journey. No one gets left behind.

WA Mental Health Week aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities by:

  • Encouraging each of us to support and look out for one another
  • Promoting mental health discussion – learning the ‘language’ of expressing feelings, good and bad
  • Continuing to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help.

You can find more information about WA Mental Health Week by checking out there website here.

For resources and information about all aspects of mental health, including a mental health check tool, head to the Think Mental website, here’s the link – https://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au/

Also, we have experienced psychologist Tina Marley on staff here for all your mental health needs. You can read more about Tina’s service and her availability here.

Stay mentally healthy out there and let’s keep the mental health conversation going in Lockridge.

What Is Dry Needling and How Does It Work?

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a physical modality, similar to Acupuncture, that many trained physiotherapists’ use to optimize patient outcomes. It involves the insertion of fine, solid filiform needles into soft tissue. Dry needling is an effective and evidence based technique for the treatment of muscular spasm and pain.
Many patients have a positive effect following dry needling.

How It Works

The most common way to dry needle, is via myofascial trigger points (MTP), to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction. MTP’s are hyperirritable spots in the fascia and surrounding muscle. They are painful with palpation and feel like a taut band or bundle, often described as ‘knots’. By inserting a needle into a MTP there is a local stimulation which usually results in an increased contraction or twitch. When this subsides the muscle relaxes further than its previous state, therefore decreasing pain, spasm and dysfunction. Dry needling also causes micro trauma to the area, which increases blood flow and consequently bringing oxygen to the region, aiding the healing process.

What Problems Can Be Treated With Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be used for many musculoskeletal pain issues. These include back and neck pain, sporting injuries, overuse injuries and even cervicogenic headaches. Primary contributing factors to patient’s pain and symptoms are thought to be related to neuromuscular dysfunction and imbalances. By treating the muscles with dry needling there can be a reduction in the pain mechanism in the nervous system.

Acupuncture Vs Dry Needling

Acupuncture has been a part of eastern medicine for a very long time. It originated in China at about 100BC. It incorporates meridian pathways, channel therapy, and the movement and stimulation of Qi, the life force. Acupuncturists are almost always fully trained, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
Although similar, dry needling and acupuncture, are distinctly different modalities. Dry needling has been in western practice since 1938, and was originally based on Chinese acupuncture methods. Choosing to dry needle is based on a thorough musculoskeletal examination through movement and palpation of the symptomatic muscle or muscle group. Deciding to needle is based on the patient’s pain experience and associated muscle spasm. Placement of needles is kept locally to the affected area.
Dry needling is simply another therapeutic tool in your physiotherapist tool box. When used in conjunction with manual therapy and exercise based rehab patients can have a faster, less painful recovery.

If you have any questions or would like to book in to see our physiotherapist, please do not hesitate to contact Lockridge Physiotherapy on 08 62782555 or email us at warren.watts@lockridgegp.com

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Doctor Spotlight – Dr Claire McQuillan

Doctor Spotlight – Dr Claire McQuillan

MB BCH BAO DCH FRACGP

Dr McQuillan graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2009. After working for a few years in Ireland she emigrated to Perth where she predominately worked in Emergency medicine in both adult and paediatric medicine.

She commenced General Practice training in 2016 and has become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2017.

She has also completed the Diploma of Child Health from The University of Westmead and has attained a certificate in Sexual Health and Family Planning.

She works part-time and is particularly interested in child health, adolescent medicine and women’s health.

How to book: 

Call (08) 6278 2555 to book in your appointment.

Or you can book online here – https://lockridgegp.com/book-online/
– Select “general practice” from the first dropdown menu, and then you can select ‘Dr. Claire McQuillan’ from the Practitioner drop-down menu.

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It’s flu Season – Book your Flu Shot Now

Its that time of year again… Winter and what comes with winter is flu season.

Protect yourself and your family this year by coming in and getting a flu shot! It’s a quick five to ten minute appointment that could help you avoid the flu.

How to book: 

Appointments available Monday to Saturday, call (08) 6278 2555 to book in your time.

Or you can book online here – https://lockridgegp.com/book-online/
– Select “Practice Nurse from the first dropdown menu, and then you can select ‘flu clinic’ from the Practitioner drop down menu.

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Our MOVING date announced.

Sneak peek of our NEW premises.

Moving Dates Announcement!

Moving Dates Announcement

Get your diary out folks, we have the dates for the big move!

To catch you up if you haven’t heard, after 30 years on Weddall Rd, Lockridge Medical Centre is moving to a new purpose built medical facility at 64 Aussat Dr, Kiara.

We are delighted to announce the dates when it’s all happening, we are so excited!

Here’s the details;

Close at Lockridge
3rd July 2019
7:30pm

Move
4-7 July 2019
Practice Closed

Open At Kiara
8th July 2019
7:30am

While the practice is closed patients can access care by calling our Locum services (WADMS) on 9321 9133.

Stay tuned we’ll be sending out reminders and updates right up until the date itself, so sign up to our email list in the header at the top of the page and you’ll be on top of everything.

We can’t wait to show everyone the new space!