Asquith Doctors aims to provide quality health care to the local Hornsby area and the surrounding community.
Our experienced bulk billing General Practitioners’ both Male & Female, offer you a range of services that deal with your day to day chronic and acute diseases. Our medical centre located near Hornsby is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with the best in our medical analysis. Give us a call on 02 9477 4400.
Our services include: Chronic Conditions, Senior Health Assessments, Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Travel Medicine, Children’s Health Checks, Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Chiropractic, Podiatry & Dietician.
Our doctors provide you with consistently professional health services of the highest standard in your surrounding local community. Our Asquith Medical Centre ensures our staff are passionate about providing our health services and an incredible experience for our patients.
Asquith Doctors is a fully accredited general practice which provides quality health services in Hornsby and the surrounding communities. We are proud to provide a complete health service with in-house physiotherapy, dietetics, psychology, chiropractic.
We offer bulk billing for all patients with a valid Medicare card. There are some exceptions to this, such as work-related consultations.
Our priority is to provide state-of-the-art and professional health-care service from highly-trained medical professionals. To make good on this promise, proper training is paramount. Not only do we hire the most experienced staff, we hire the most compassionate, caring and dedicated people we can find.
Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for a period of more than 3 months. There are numerous types of chronic pain such as bone pain, nerve pain and can range from being mild to severe.
Chronic pain can be due to illnesses such as migraine, osteoporosis, arthritis and other musculoskeletal ailments, or after an injury or surgery. Living with chronic pain can make it difficult to work, can lower your quality of life and impact your emotional health as well.
Most people benefit from a range of different treatments and self-management, such as:
- psychological techniques — such as visiting a psychologist you can see a psychologist or use online self-help sites
- pacing your activities
- using techniques such as meditation and lastly doing exercise such as gentle walking & swimming, cycling.
Men experience diseases that impact anyone such as, cancer, depression, diabetes but also have specific illnesses and issues such as prostate cancer, erectile disfunction, male-pattern boldness.
Some of our services include: Sexual Health Assessment, Screening Pathology Tests & Prostate Screening.
Many of the health risks men face can be prevented through by creating healthier lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, not smoking and reduction in alcohol consumption.
Moreover, regular health check-ups with your local GP can detect disease earlier. For tips about keeping in shape and men’s fitness check out this Youtube channel.
While both men and women suffer from common illnesses some health issues are specific to women. Some issues women face include: breast cancer, cervical cancer, menopause, and pregnancy. Some of our services include: Breast Checks, Mammography Referral, Fertility Counselling, PAP screening.
Visit our doctors in Hornsby Heights to discuss your health with one of our friendly doctors. Male and female doctors available.
Asquith Doctors is now providing vaccinations for the flu. Call us on (02) 9477 4400 to book your appointment.
An annual cold/flu (Influenza) vaccine will be your best way of protecting yourself against the flu this Winter. Flu shots are free for if you are:
- people aged 65 years and over
- pregnant women
- children aged 6 months to under 5 years old
- Aboriginal people
- medically at risk groups.
What is influenza?
Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It is more serious than a common cold. In 2017 more than 650 people died in NSW from influenza related complications. By getting a flu shot you’re protecting yourself and the community from serious illness.
There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans – types A, B and C – and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year but influenza activity usually peaks in winter.
Influenza is a vaccine-preventable illness but a new vaccine needs to be given each year because influenza viruses change (mutate) constantly. A new influenza vaccine is prepared each year to best match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season.
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Why is getting vaccinated important?
Vaccination prevents people from becoming infected with diseases. This means there is less disease circulating in the community which not only protects you, but can help protect those around you who are not able to be vaccinated, such as infants under 6 months of age.
Every year a new seasonal flu vaccine is developed. It protects against the four types of flu that are expected to be the most common that flu season (winter). The seasonal flu vaccine is now available in Australia.
NSW has had unusually high influenza activity over the summer and it has remained high in March, with over 6400 cases notified so far this year. If you are in the Asquith area book your vaccination with us.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Skin cancers that are diagnosed and treated early can be cured.
Almost all skin cancers can be treated successfully if diagnosed and treated early. However if not treated, some types of skin cancer can be fatal.
Skin cancers are almost always removed. In more advanced skin cancers, some of the surrounding tissue may also be removed to make sure that all of the cancerous cells have been taken out.
The most common treatment for skin cancer is surgery to remove the cancer (usually under a local anaesthetic). Common skin cancers can be treated with ointments or radiotherapy. Skin cancer can also be removed with cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the cancer off), curettage (scraping) or cautery (burning).
When protecting yourself from the sun you should:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when taking part in extended outdoor activity
- Apply large amounts of sunscreen to your entire body before going outside and reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating, especially in peak time.
- Apply sunblock to hotspots like neck, face, forearms and the ears
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used only babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See a doctor at least once a year for a professional skin exam. Visit our Asquith doctors to book a skin check today.
Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
In Australia, 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 teenagers are sunburnt on an average summer weekend. Many people get sunburnt when they are taking part in sports and activities or at the beach or pool.
Sunburn is also common on cooler or overcast days, as many people mistakenly believe UV radiation is not as strong. This is untrue as you can still be sunburnt when the temperature is cool.
Sun exposure that doesn’t result in burning but can still cause damage to skin cells and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Evidence suggests that regular exposure to UV radiation year after year leads to skin cancer.
In 2015, 13,694 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma. Melanoma is the third most common cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancers include squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Melanoma skin cancer appears on skin that is over-exposed to the sun and in rare cases it can appear on skin that is never exposed to the sun. It can be seen on old moles and spots or appear as a new spot. Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous Cancer
Visit our Asquith Medical centre or call to book a skin check on (02) 9477 4400.
Anxiety in Children
Anxiety is a normal part of life and can affect anyone, including children. But as parents and carers, it’s sometimes hard to know the difference between normal worries and something more serious.
In most cases, anxiety in children is short-lived and goes away after a while. Some examples of normal behaviour might be:
- being shy or worrying about being laughed at
- being left at childcare or school
- worrying about schoolwork, sport or their health
But many children experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children, stopping them from getting the most out of life.
Signs of anxiety in children
If a child is often anxious, they might:
- try to avoid the situation or issue they’re worried about
- get headaches and stomach aches often, especially when away from home
- have trouble sleeping or have vivid nightmares
- need a lot of reassurance
- want things to be perfect and get upset if they’re not
Supporting children with anxiety
You can support your child by:
- acknowledging their fears – don’t dismiss or ignore them
- gently encouraging your child to do things they’re anxious about
- waiting until your child actually gets anxious before you step in to help
- praising your child for doing something they’re anxious about
- avoiding labelling your child as ‘shy’ or ‘anxious’
Healthy eating is essential for growth, development and well-being of your child. Eating well is a lifelong habit and is very important for your child’s health. Nutrition can affect behaviour, mental health and emotion’s of your child.
What is healthy eating?
To stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight, children need to be physically active and eat the right amount of nutrients to balance how much energy they use.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that children should eat a wide variety of foods from these five food groups:
- vegetables, legumes and beans
- cereals (carbohydrates) ,preferably wholegrain
- lean meat, fish, poultry
- milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives (children under 2 should have full fat milk, but older children should drink low-fat alternatives).
Children should limit their intake of foods that contain saturated fat, added sugars, preservatives and high in salt. They should also drink water instead of soft-drinks and juice.
How much food does my child need?
Children need to eat more as they grow. For kids who do physical activity often this may vary as they need more grains. Below is the recommended amount of serves per day on average:
- 2 – 3 years: 1 serve of fruit; 2½ serves of vegetables; 4 serves of grains; 1 serve of meat/poultry; 1½ serves of dairy
- 4 – 8 years: 1½ serves of fruit; 4½ serves of vegetables; 4 serves of grains; 1 ½ serves of meat/poultry; 1½ – 2 serves of dairy
- 9 – 11 years: 2 serves of fruit; 5 serves of vegetables; 4 – 5 serves of grains; 2½ serves of meat/poultry; 2½ – 3 serves of dairy
- 12 – 13 years: 2 serves of fruit; 5 – 5 ½ serves of vegetables; 5 – 6 serves of grains; 2 ½ serves meat/poultry; 3 ½ serves dairy.
Large intakes of Sugar and high cholesterol food poses a threat to children and their future.
Cold & Flu in Children
Sore throats are common in kids and can often be in conjunction with a cold/fever.
- Give your child all medication as instructed by the doctor.
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
- Give your child soft or cold foods (milkshakes), which may help ease throat pain.
- Give children over eight years of age warm salt water to gargle (with ¼ teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
- A fever after taking antibiotics for two days
- Increased throat pain
- A hard time breathing
- Skin rash
- Excessive drooling
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Darker urine or chest pain (may occur three to four weeks later)
- A sore throat that lasts longer than four days
There are many types of sore throats such as strep throat. This is commonly caused by Streptococcal bacteria. It is a bacterial infection that if is left untreated can cause complications like heart and kidney problems and rheumatic fever.
DisclaimerThe Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.