24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

The purpose of our 24-hour blood pressure monitoring is to keep a close watch on your blood pressure as you go about your daily activities.
We achieve this through the help of a small digital blood pressure machine that is connected to a belt around your body, which is attached to a cuff around the upper part of your arm.
The need to monitor your blood pressure is to check for hypertension, and to also have an idea of what your blood pressure is like throughout the night and day.
We may require a patient to be placed under 24-hour blood pressure monitoring for the following reasons;

  • To know if your blood pressure stays high at night. If we discover that it is high at night, then we may have to change, adjust, or review your medication.
  • To monitor how well your medicines are working and to ascertain if your blood pressure is well controlled both during the day and at night.
  • To know if your blood pressure readings in the clinic differ from what they are at home or away from the clinic.

These are some of the reasons why we may want to put our patients under 24-hour blood pressure monitoring.
For patients with high BP; if you would like to have good control and monitoring of your blood pressure, our practice is the right place to be. We do not take the well-being of our patients lightly, as we understand that medical issues relating to blood pressure, should be well managed and monitored.

How does our 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring work?

Our 24-hour blood pressure monitoring works in the same way as going to the clinic to have your BP checked, although for the monitoring, a digital device that measures your blood pressure throughout the day is worn on your belt or waist, while the cuff is connected to your upper arm. This digital device takes your blood pressure reading at regular intervals throughout the day; normally every 30 minutes during the day and 60 minutes at night.

How do I prepare for 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring?

This is a question that most of our patients ask; the answer here is that you do not need to do anything to prepare for your 24-hour blood pressure monitoring. However, it is good to wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment, so that we can fit the blood pressure monitor properly.

We recommend that our patients should go about their regular daily routine the period of 24hr monitoring.
After the 24 hours, we will remove the device and then access the readings to analyze what it implies and make necessary recommendations to our patients. You can always count on our expertise to deliver the best medical services to our clients, at all times.

Allied Health Services

Our treatment room is run by our experienced registered nurses Sarah, Courtney, Megan, Jenny, Sue and Gaylene

We offer a state of the art treatment room where a number of routine services we provide are eg: spirometry, wound management, dressings, immunisations , vasectomies, circumcisions ,removal of sutures, removal of lesions and biopsies etc.

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Iron Infusions

Iron Infusions

Why is Iron important?
Our bodies need iron. Iron is used to make haemoglobin – the part of our red blood cells that carries oxygen around our body. It is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function. If your iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities. As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia.

Why might I need an Iron Infusion?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. This works well for most people and is usually tried first. Some people may need iron to be given straight into the body through a vein. This is called an Intravenous (IV) iron infusion. Sometimes 2 iron infusions (given at least 1 week apart) are needed to fully top up iron stores. The infusion is made up of iron, not blood. IV iron might be needed if you:

  • Are not able to take iron tablets / liquid
  • Are not responding to iron tablets / liquid or not absorbing them
  • Need to get your iron levels up quickly (eg. before major surgery, late in pregnancy or to avoid blood transfusion)
  • If you have chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure Your doctor should explain why you need IV iron and the other options

How do I make an appointment for an Iron Infusion?
You will first need to make a standard consultation appointment with your GP to discuss your current health, medical history, review of medications and any prior treatment if any.  You will also need to have a blood test to determine your current iron levels and your GP will then discuss the next steps. If an Iron Infusion will be beneficial to you, and treatment is deemed appropriate by your GP, an appointment will be scheduled.

Ref: www2.health.vic.gov.au

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Vaccinations

TRAVEL VACCINES (INCLUDING YELLOW FEVER)
(VACCINE’S SOLD ON SITE AT A RATE CHEAPER THAN CHEMISTS)

  • HEPATITIS A & B
  • MENINGITIS
  • TYPHOID
  • YELLOW FEVER

Ideally, make an appointment 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.

Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks.

If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. You might still benefit from shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.

Are you aware of which types of vaccinations you or those traveling with you may need?

CDC divides vaccines for travel into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. While your doctor will tell you which ones you should have, it’s best to be aware of them ahead of time.

YELLOW FEVER

Yellow fever, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is endemic in certain areas of Africa and South America. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into some countries. Infants and children aged >9 months can be vaccinated if they travel to countries within the yellow fever-endemic zone.

CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoid and Pertussis Vaccine

Haemophilus influenzae Type b Conjugate Vaccine

Polio Vaccine

Rotavirus Vaccine

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine (MMR)

Varicella Vaccine

Meningococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal Vaccines

Hepatitis A Vaccine or Immune Globulin for Hepatitis A

Q FEVER

Q Fever can be acquired from the air. Humans catch it from animals. Domestic and wild animals are infected, sometimes without any apparent signs of infection. The disease is caused by a germ called Coxiella Burnetti. Q Fever occurs almost everywhere in the world. In Australia, cattle, sheep and goats are the main reservoir, although kangaroos and dogs can be infected.

There is an effective vaccine against Q fever, however it has significant side effects in persons who have already had Q fever ( local abscesses and even Q fever symptoms)

Before vaccination, a person must have three things:

  • A blood test
  • A skin test
  • A detailed history

These tests are undertaken to help avoid unwanted vaccine side effects. If one of the tests is positive, it means the subject would probably react badly to the vaccine.

Blood test and skin test need to be done on the SAME DAY. Then the person needs to return to the same doctor 7 days later to have the skin test read.

If both tests are negative, the person is vaccinated. It then takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to become effective. This means persons vaccinated should not put themselves at risk ( e.g. visit abattoir) for 2 weeks after vaccination.

Each individual would discuss their particular situation at the time of screening. The vaccination is effective, and lasts for life.

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