19 September 2019

Breast cancer awareness

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Early detection It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. This page provides information about breast awareness, breast changes, risk factors and mammography screening. For information on breast cancer in men, visit Cancer Australia’s dedicated website, Breast Cancer in Men. Breast awareness Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms. You don’t need to be...

30 August 2019

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These abnormal cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and sometimes spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body. Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease and the majority of men with low grade prostate cancer live for many years without symptoms and without it spreading and becoming life-threatening. However, high grade disease spreads quickly and can be lethal. Appropriate management is key. WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?   Only men have a prostate. It is a small...

12 July 2019

Referral & Prescription Repeats

You can now request a repeat referral or prescription online by submitting your details in the relevant referral or prescription request form. Requests can only be approved if you have visited the original referring doctor within the last 3 months. Turnaround time is one business day. You will be called when the referral is ready for collection. Please note that prescription requests may attract a fee of $15.00 The relevant forms can be found in the Patient Services drop-down as directed in the image below.      

10 July 2019

National Diabetes Week 14-20 July

  It’s diabetes week and it’s a great time to reflect on where we are at with type 2 diabetes at the moment. First some statistics to get you in the mood or at least pique your interest in why this disease is grabbing the headlines so often these days. An estimated 1.2 million (6%) of Australian adults aged 18 and over had type 2 diabetes in 2014-15, based on self-reported data and from the Australian Bureau of statistics (ABS) National Health Survey. So to put that into perspective, if you’re in a restaurant with 99 other diners, a staggering...

12 June 2019

Appointuit is no longer our online booking system

As of July you will be not be able to book your appointment online via Appointuit.    Do you book your appointments with us through the Appointuit website or app? You will still be able to do so until July. After this time, if you search for Castle Hill Medical Centre on the Appointuit website we will no longer be visible.  You can book your appointments via the user friendly online booking system HotDoc or via our website. Why HotDoc? HotDoc is a simple online booking system that will allow you to easily sign up and log in, add family...

29 May 2019

BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia and is more common in people over the age of 50. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, develops from the inner lining of the bowel and is usually preceded by growths called polyps, which may become invasive cancer if undetected. Depending on where the cancer begins, bowel cancer may be called colon or rectal cancer. The risk of being diagnosed by age 85 is 1 in 11 for men and 1 in 16 for women. The five year survival rate for bowel cancer is 69%. Bowel...

16 May 2019

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

  Castle Hill Medical Centre is hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday the 23rd of May for our staff to raise funds that will make a big difference to those impacted by cancer. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED THROUGH AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA HELPS FUND CANCER COUNCIL’S LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH, PREVENTION, SUPPORT PROGRAMS, AND INFORMATION. Sadly, 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, if something causes a mistake to occur in the cells' genetic blueprints, this control can be...

15 May 2019

HEALTH EXERCISE LIFESTYLE PROGRAM

  Castle Hill Medical Centre is excited to offer patients a structured lifestyle program to promote optimal health and wellbeing and reducing risk factors associated with being overweight. Obesity is a leading cause of morbidity in the first world countries. It has doubled since 2007. Close to 60% of the Australian adult population and 50% among 16 to 18 year olds. Obesity leads to a lot of chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, varicose veins and chronic lymphoedema. Type 2 diabetes can lead to other diseases like coronary artery disease, kidney failure and renal dialysis if...

26 April 2019

BE PREPARED TO FIGHT THE FLU.

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. 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. What are the symptoms of flu?   People with...

11 April 2019

MEASLES CAN BE SERIOUS

WHAT IS MEASLES? Measles is a viral disease that may have serious complications. In the past, measles infection was very common in childhood. Most people born before 1966 will have been infected with measles as a child and are likely to be immune. Thanks to immunisation measles is now rare in Australia. Measles remains common in many parts of the world, and large outbreaks continue to occur in a number of countries. This is why it is important to make sure you are fully protected against measles prior to overseas travel.   WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? The first symptoms are...

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