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We are a COVID-19 vaccination provider

 

Hillscene Family Medical Centre is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunization for our local area and the wider community.

Checking when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine

To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/ eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in.

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on 03 9752 6111 to book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine.

You can also book on our website online https://www.hillscenemedicalcentre.com.au/, or come into the practice.

Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses of the vaccine. Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • If you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose, or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • If you are in quarantine.
  • If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.
  • You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

 

HFMC COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC PROTOCOL

STEP 1: Check vaccine eligibility online at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/?lang=en

STEP 2: Book online 24/7 or call 03 9752 6111 during business hours for the Pre-Vaccination assessment appointment. Per the latest TGA guidelines, the Astra Zeneca vaccine will only be administered to eligible patients above 50 years of age.

STEP 3: Show up for the Pre-Vaccination assessment appointment on time. The assessing GP will conduct a thorough examination to determine suitability for the vaccine. The Pre-Vaccination assessment consent form will be filled and provided to the patient to bring during the Vaccination appointment.

STEP 4: If the Pre-Vaccination assessment is successful, book the Vaccination appointment on the pre-allocated day.

STEP 5: Show up for the Vaccination appointment on time with the Pre-Vaccination assessment consent form. The assessing GP will sign and sight the document prior to Vaccination.

STEP 6: Vaccination performed by assessing GP/nurse and post-vaccination documents distributed. You MUST report any side-effects experienced within 24 hours to the relevant authorities.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PROCEEDING TO VACCINATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO FULFILLING ALL CRITERIA. YOU MAY BE ASKED TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER ASSESSMENT ON ANOTHER DAY, OR REFERRED TO A RESPIRATORY CLINIC FOR SPECIALISED CARE.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE COVID VACCINATIONS AND FLU VACCINATIONS MUST BE TAKEN WITH A 14-DAY GAP.

Dr Vijesh Soni

Dear Patients,

Hillscene Family Medical Centre welcomes onboard Dr Vijesh Soni, FRACGP. He is a specialist GP with 20+ years of experience. Dr Soni works Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9am – 2pm.

We would like to thank our patients and community for your continued support of your local bulk-billing clinic.

Kind regards,
HFMC Team

Dr Hasantha Jasinarachchi

Dear Patients,

Hillscene Family Medical Centre welcomes onboard Dr Hasantha Jasinarachchi, FRACGP. He is a specialist GP with 10+ years of experience. Dr Hasantha works full-time, Mon to Fri from 9am – 6pm and Sat 9am – 4pm (on rotation).

We would like to thank our patients and community for your continued support of your local bulk-billing clinic.

Kind regards,
HFMC Team

VR GP Position

Job Description

Well established mid-sized clinic serving Belgrave and the neighbouring suburbs with high earnings potential is looking for a VR GP to join an experienced team. DWS replacement is available and no Distribution Priority Area (DPA) certificate required.

Benefits

  • Competitive, negotiable terms
  • Clinic is opened 6 days a week (Mon – Sat) and offers a professional work environment with a good lifestyle
  • DWS replacement available
  • Modern & computerised facilities with excellent administrative support
  • Fully equipped treatment room with the assistance of registered nurse
  • Multi discipline doctors with experienced on-site allied health professionals
  • 2 minute walk to the Belgrave train station & located at the heart of the town centre

Job Requirements

  • FRACGP
  • Non-permanent resident of Australia with General Registration

How To Apply

Email: practicemanager.hfmc@gmail.com

Find Out More

https://www.facebook.com/hillscene

More Information

Address 15/1647 Burwood Highway Belgrave VIC 3160

FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY FROM 22ND JULY 2020

Victoria has made masks and face coverings MANDATORY when you are OUTSIDE your home.

This includes before/after exercise, during grocery shopping, travelling for medical care, and at your WORKPLACE/SCHOOL. $200 fines are enforced if found in breach of the rules.

Thank you to our patients for your cooperation. PPE at HFMC has been enforced with our doctors since March 2020, and will now be enforced with all our staff for the health and safety of all.

Let’s keep up the good work and keep working together to get through these challenging times!

For more details, please read the media released by DHHS.vic Face Coverings Mandatory from 22nd July 2020

FLU VACCINATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Flu vaccinations are now available at Hillscene Family Medical Centre for all members of the community. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and supported by advice from the Australian Health Department, we encourage everyone to get their flu shots this year.

Doing this reduces the severity and spread of the seasonal influenza, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them more susceptible to other illnesses, such as the Coronavirus. Getting vaccinated will also help to mitigate the pressure on our healthcare system, which is currently dealing with almost 1000 cases of Coronavirus.

We encourage everyone to schedule an appointment online 24/7 or call us during business hours to book an appointment for your flu vaccine.

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS BEGINS THIS SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2020!

Our much anticipated extended opening hours begins this Saturday 21 March 2020.

We will be open from 9am – 4pm. We are excited to serve the community of Belgrave and our surrounding suburbs better with increased access to primary healthcare needs for the community.

Thank you to the community of Belgrave and our surrounding suburbs for continuing their support for our clinic!

 

TELEHEALTH CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, HFMC is now able to have telehealth consultations.

Please follow this procedure beginning Thursday 19th March 2020:

1) Come in to register attendance or if you are attending with someone healthy, send them on your behalf
2) Confirm your mobile phone number with Reception staff
3) Go back to your car and wait for the doctor to call you
4) Describe your symptoms as clearly and as accurately as possible, to avoid any risks of misdiagnosis
5) The doctor will advise if you need to come back into the clinic for further examination in an isolated room, or to collect a script/referral/certificate
6) Follow medical advice, and we wish you a speedy recovery!

Kindly adhere to this procedure as it has been carefully curated to avoid any potential contact for the health and safety of the patients, doctors, staff, and the community.

If at any time you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to give us a call to clarify.