Why seniors call 13SICK

Why seniors call 13SICK

By Dr Umberto Russo MBBS (Adelaide) FRACGP

In my practice as a Home Doctor, many of the patients I see are retirees, senior citizens, and the elderly.  As we get older, we inevitably have an increasing number of acute, episodic medical problems, which while not life-threatening, require urgent medical attention. And if it’s a weeknight, or the weekend, when your GP is closed, a call to 13SICK is often preferable to a trip to the Emergency Department. 

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Dear Patient, when it's a virus, antibiotics won't help.

Dear Patient, when it's a virus, antibiotics won't help.

By Dr Umberto Russo MBBS, FRACGP

In my many years practising as a GP and after hours home doctor, I have seen thousands and thousands of cases of acute respiratory infections (e.g. colds and flu). When treating this type of illness, there is one question patients ask more than any other. “Doctor, do I need antibiotics?” And the answer in most cases is a resounding “No”.

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The common infection women hate the most

The common infection women hate the most

By Dr Natalie Caristo MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRACGP 

Without doubt the illness that causes my female patients the most grief (albeit temporarily) is when they contract a urinary tract infection. With cries like, “Doctor, it really, really hurts!”, “It’s really stinging when I pee”, or “I have the urge to ‘go’ 20 times a day!” – it really is the infection that women hate the most...

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