Practice News

September 2011

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A busy year for the practice (WHS) continues and yet our midwives Jane and Deanna found time to attend out of their normal working hours a workshop on Endometriosis conducted by Dr Sue Evans and the Annual Women’s and Children’s Health Update and Education Day organised by Health Ed. Deanna also attended an evening Workshop at Ashford Hospital on the important topic of ‘Stillbirth in Pregnancy’ in order to gain further insights into the possible causes and contemporary management of this uncommon but distressing situation.

Our administrative staff members, Maria and Carol, participated in a meeting of the Private Health Funds in order to gain further insight into billing efficiencies for the benefit of patients.

In June Professor Svigos attended the 13th Greek/Australian Legal and Medical International Meeting on the Island of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates. Professor Svigos presented a paper on ‘Euripides’ Medea – A Commentary on Feminism and Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in Classical Times’. After some recreational time in Athens and on the island of his descendants, Rhodes, Prof Svigos joined his family in Bali. In Bali he convened a three day meeting on Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, for the seven MFM Units in Indonesia with the assistance of the senior staff of the MFM Unit of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This meeting was a preliminary to the Adelaide rotation of three Indonesian MFM trainees who will be attending the W&CH and the Lyell McEwin Hospital in October and November. Prof Svigos has secured AusAID funding for this project and will act as the coordinator of their rotation as part of his duties as a Visiting Professor of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Senior Lecturer of the MFM Division of Sanglah Hospital and Member of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Udayana, Indonesia.

In August Prof Svigos spoke on ‘The use of the bedside Fetal Fibronectin test in women presenting with threatened preterm labour’ at the Murray Mallee General Practice Network clinical meeting at Murray Bridge which was sponsored by Hologic.

As from the 29th August Adelaide Pathology Partners (APP) will be providing an in-house blood and specimen collection service for the convenience of patients attending WHS with the additional concession of not charging any gap payments for investigations ordered by doctors working at WHS.

WHS wishes to announce that Dr Majid Rasekhi will be taking up weekly sessions in general obstetrics and gynaecology at the rooms starting in October. Dr Rasekhi MD; FRANZCOG, after completing his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in South Australia in 2010 has been working in private practice from his rooms in Modbury and is a Visiting Gynaecologist at the Modbury and Royal Adelaide Hospitals. In addition to providing gynaecological services with private operating lists at Calvary Hospital and North Eastern Community Hospital, he will also be providing an obstetric service delivering women at Calvary, Ashford, Burnside and the Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. Dr Rasekhi will kindly provide cover for Prof Svigos’s patients delivering at Ashford Hospital in the advent of his absence from WHS on professional or recreational leave. Dr Basil Antonas will continue to provide obstetric cover for Prof Svigos’s patients delivering at Calvary, Burnside and the Women’s and Children’s Hospitals.

With regard to topical Obstetric and Gynaecological subjects, whilst the rare occurrence of neonatal brachial plexus palsy following shoulder dystocia during labour and delivery and neonatal Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection during pregnancy have been in the popular press of late, perhaps the less sensational but more important news for patients has been the rather sudden discontinuation of the production of oestrogen implants by the manufacturer because of commercial considerations. These implants have been very beneficial for a number of women experiencing menopausal symptoms providing relief, after insertion under local anaesthetic into the anterior abdominal wall, for up to 12 months. Gynaecologists have now been counselling patients, many of whom have used these implants for a number of years, as to the available alternatives if they wish to continue with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Patients attending WHS for such treatment have been circulated with a letter from our ever attentive midwifery/nursing staff notifying them of this change and inviting them to discuss their future HRT with their family doctor or returning to WHS for specific advice tailored to their personal circumstances.

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