AZ vaccine and clots – number crunching time

13th April 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

Every time the government overpromise and underdeliver, we are the ones that have to deal with the public whose expectations have been led unnecessarily high for political reasons. With the issue of clots relating to the AZ vaccine on the front page over the last week or so, patients are now utterly confused and look to their GP for advice as to where and when to proceed.…

New T2D treatment option – are you using it?

13th March 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

diabetes treatment option

Medical treatment options for type 2 diabetes (T2D) have increased over the last decade and enhance the possibility of individualised treatment strategies where insulin is still one of them. In spite of the advancements in treatment options, less than one-third of the population with diabetes achieve their glycaemic target. What if I tell you that there is a new treatment option available that has been shown to significantly reduce HbA1c, hypoglycaemia, hospitalisation, complications and diabetic medications?…

Medicinal Cannabis – is it the wonder drug?

12th March 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

Medicinal cannabis

I don’t about you but I seem to be bombarded by emails championing the wonderful things that cannabis oil can do. I even had a pharmaceutical rep swinging by to ask why I wasn’t prescribing cannabis oil for my patients. I even have a specialist (of sorts) that recommended that my patient come and discuss cannabis oil for his condition with me.…

Covid-19 vaccines and pregnancy – what do you need to know?

13th February 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

Covid-19 vaccine

As often occurs with new medications and vaccines, pregnant individuals were excluded from the clinical trials for these vaccines. As the vaccine roll out begins, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant will want to discuss the safety of the vaccines with their GP. We better be up to date with the relevant issues so that we can have a meaningful discussion with our patient.…

The big Covid-19 vaccine roll out con – don’t fall for it

24th January 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

The big vaccine roll-out con

PERSONAL OPINION

Is it deliberate that we are given 10 days lead time to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to participate in the national Covid-19 vaccine Phase 1b roll-out? 18 pages of information released on a Friday afternoon in the hope that we might skim over the details and sign up without reading the fine print?…

A message to all GPs from Dr Kerry Chant

Dear Colleague  

NSW Health would like to thank you for your continued work in the response to COVID-19.  In order to continue to identify any undetected cases and break chains of transmission, we need to remain vigilant.  The key to achieving this is to test people with even the very mildest symptoms of COVID-19.  While testing rates have been relatively high in recent weeks, we need to continue to encourage testing and remain on high alert. …

Covid-19 vaccination – is herd immunity achievable?

12th January 2021, Dr Chee L Khoo

Covid-19 vaccination

So, here we are. It’s almost 12 months since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of vaccines will become available within weeks. GPs can’t be the sole provider of the vaccines but we will a major part of the vaccination roll out program. We haven’t heard much from NSW Health on how the program will be rolled out, which will be the first subgroups we will be vaccinating nor will the vaccine ordering system be better than last year’s influenza vaccination program.…

Taking the hassles out of workers comp referrals

28th November 2020, Spectrum Radiology

paperwork galore

Don’t we hate it? Paperwork, approvals, waiting for more forms, more tick boxes, scan and fax and more waiting. That is what happens frequently with workers comp cases when patients need more investigations. What if you can get someone else to do it? Someone else other than you practice staff.

You now have a choice.…

Does wearing a facemask cause hypoxia?

14th November 2020, Dr Chee L Khoo

facemasks

It’s been at least 12 weeks since we started to wear facemasks at the practice full time with all face to face consultations. I must admit that during the first week, I did feel a bit suffocating with the mask on. I remember having to stop mid-sentence to catch my breath. I could sympathise with many patients, particularly patients who has COPD, asthma or heart failure.…

Multi-use lancet device for blood glucose monitoring – URGENT cautionary tale

27th October 2020, Dr Chee L Khoo

blood glucose monitoring

Some of you would have read about the use of the multi-use lancet devices for testing different individuals that was in mandatory quarantine in Victoria between March and August this year. The lancets were disposable but the device holding the lancets were not. I thought everyone knew. I was wrong. Judging by the comments online after the publication of that issue in the Medical Republic, I suspect many of you don’t actually know the infection risk these devices pose and I felt the imperative to write this urgent article.…