Changes to the process for booking your COVID Vaccine appointment
By Blackbutt Team Posted May 3, 2021 in News and Events

Patients will no longer have to wait for an sms with a link to book their COVID vaccine appointment. Anyone over the age of 50 can now book online or via the AMS App.

Simply choose the appointment type ‘COVID Vaccine – Phase 1b [Dose 1]’ from the drop down options when making your appointment and follow the prompts to confirm your details.

Important COVID Vaccine Update RE: Astra Zeneca Vaccine for people under 50yrs
By Blackbutt Team Posted April 12, 2021 in News and Events
In line with the policy of the Commonwealth Government, we are not offering the Astra Zeneca vaccine to those under the age of 50 years.
Individuals under 50 years who were already booked in for vaccination have been cancelled.
We will be offering for only those 50 years and over to book in for vaccination for the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
We do not have any other vaccine apart from the Astra Zeneca vaccine, and we have not heard anything about the availability of an alternate vaccine for those under 50. We will advise our patients what is recommended for those under 50 years, eligible in 1b, when we are advised.
Those who have already had their initial Astra Zeneca vaccine, and are under 50 years of age, will be recalled to have their second Astra Zeneca vaccine, 12 weeks or so after the initial dose. This is in line with Commonwealth Governments policy, and has a good safety profile.
We will let our patients know more information as soon as we have it to share.
Blackbutt has been approved for Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
By Blackbutt Team Posted March 16, 2021 in News and Events

Blackbutt Doctors Surgery will receive 100 vaccines per week starting the week of 22nd March. We will be delivering vaccines in our usual working hours, Monday to Thursday. We have identified over 2000 of our usual patients who are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1b and will be contacting you via SMS to invite you in for vaccination.

We are just inviting 100 patients per week for vaccination, as that is all the vaccines we have. We are starting with those identified as highest medical risk. If  you do not receive and SMS in the first few weeks, please just wait – we will get to everyone eventually.

Phase 1b priority population groups include:

  • People aged 70 years of age or older;
  • Health care workers;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years;
  • Younger people with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability; and
  • Critical and high risk workers, including Australian Government officials about to be deployed overseas on official government business.

The table below provides further information on specific underlying medical conditions which are eligible under Phase 1b. Please be aware that this guidance may change as the roll out proceeds and any changes will be updated on the Australian Governments Department of Health website.

Underlying Medical Conditions listPlease note that we will only be able to book patients who meet the eligibility criteria for each phase of the roll-out. Patients will need to prove their eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1b. The table below provides examples of acceptable types of proof for each population group:

Population Group and Evidence required table

Please be patient –  I am sure you can understand that with over 2,000 existing patients to reach, and only 100 vaccines available each week, it will take us a while to get to you all! Please be assured that we will be getting the vaccines distributed to our patients as quickly as we are able to. 

The Australian Government aims to have as many people vaccinated as possible in 2021. Identified priority groups will get the first available safe and effective doses of vaccines. More people will have access to a vaccine as more doses become available throughout 2021. The COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy details the phases in which vaccines will be available.

We’ll continue to provide more information and updates as they are available. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The COVID-19 Vaccine has started its rollout in Australia
By Blackbutt Team Posted February 23, 2021 in News and Events

At this stage, only selected at risk and high priority groups are being vaccinated, as the Government begins to roll the vaccine out in a staged approach across the country. The first people to get the vaccine will be those who have the highest risk of being exposed to COVID-19.These people include:

  • People working in quarantine facilities
  • Healthcare workers working in locations with a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as COVID-19 clinic workers, emergency department workers, NSW Ambulance clinical workforce including patient transport workers, COVID ward workers, critical care workers including support staff and COVID pathology lab staff.
The vaccine will then be offered to other priority groups, for more information about the COVID-19 national rollout phases check out this link:
Other COVID-19 vaccines for use in Australia are being reviewed and, if approved, are expected to be available to priority groups through general practice after the first phase of the rollout has begun. 
So here’s what we need you to do to make sure that we can contact you quickly and easily when it’s your turn to be vaccinated:
  1. Make sure that your contact details (mobile phone number and email) are correct and up to date on the AMS App.
  2. If you don’t have the AMS on your phone, you can download it and set up your account via the Appointments page on our website and by following the prompts to download the app:
  3. Blackbutt will contact you directly via SMS or Email when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and we have available stock to administer it at our practice. Please do not contact us to find out when you will be able to receive the vaccine.
  4. Once you have received the vaccine, you can obtain your vaccination certificate by downloading the Express Plus Medicare App – we will not be printing out and giving these certificates to patients. For more information check out this link: Get ready for your COVID-19 vaccinations – Services Australia
  5. Review our website and/or Facebook page regularly for the latest information and updates.
We are sure you have a lot of questions about how to get the vaccine and when it will be available locally, and we’ll be posting regularly over the next few months to make sure our community has the most relevant and up to date information available.
So stay tuned!
Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 case locations from the weekend
By Blackbutt Team Posted October 12, 2020 in Health Information

For the latest information and updates check out the below link to the NSW Health website including locations of current cases and areas where increased testing has been recommended:

Changes to Billing for TeleHealth Appointments
By Blackbutt Team Posted September 23, 2020 in Health Information

Important patient information regarding changes in billing for TeleHealth appointments.

As of Tuesday the 06/10/2020, we are no longer offering bulk billing TeleHealth for phone appointments.
Telehealth appointments will be the same price as face to face appointments and their Medicare rebates will also be the same.

For more information, please see our updated Practice Fees here.

If you are suffering financial hardship that impacts your ability to access care, please discuss with our doctor.

Due to no documented current local spread, from Monday 1st September, Blackbutt Doctors is again able to reduce precautions.
By Blackbutt Team Posted August 26, 2020 in Health Information

Well done Newcastle! Great work containing COVID19!

Due to no documented current local spread, from Monday 1st September, Blackbutt Doctors is again able to reduce precautions.

Read on for what has changed:

  • Appointments will no longer be limited to 15 minutes.
  • Some non urgent tasks, such ear syringing, routine ECG and skin checks, are again being offered.
  • We are still offering telehealth, but if you are well, we prefer you do come in.
  • However, if you have any respiratory symptoms, fever, are awaiting the results of a COVID test or have been directed to self isolate, please do not come in, use a telehealth appointment.
  • Blue and Orange Clinic are operating unchanged.
Download The NSW Health Self-isolation Guidelines for COVID-19 Contacts
By Blackbutt Team Posted August 6, 2020 in Health Information
A Message on Important Changes to Telehealth Appointments From Monday 20/02/20
By Blackbutt Team Posted July 19, 2020 in Health Information