Top tips to help you get and stay well in 2017 - Belmont - Providence Medical Group

Kick start the year and get on top of you and your family’s health at Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont.

The team at Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont hopes that you had an enjoyable break over Christmas and welcomed the new year in style. As we start the year, we want to help you to effectively manage you and your family’s health to enable you to get the most out of 2017 and beyond.

Top 10 ways to get and stay healthy in 2017:

1. FREE diabetes testing

Be Smart and Proactive in Managing Potential Diabetes.

Providence Medical and Dental Belmont are providing free diabetes testing including a free GP consultation on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, and Friday 10th of February at 8am to 9am each day. Find out more by viewing our Diabetes Fact Sheet. The stunning new practice will also be giving away FREE ‘New year, New you’ goodie bags to all participants.

2. FREE shingles vaccination

Did you know? 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. FREE vaccinations are now available at Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont for people aged 70 – 79 years.

Shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus and is a common condition with risk and related complications increasing with age. 97% of adults have the virus that has shingles within them and there is no way to predict who will develop shingles, when the virus will reactivate, how severe it will be and how long the pain will last.

The most common symptom of shingles is a painful, blistering rash, usually on one side of the body. People who have shingles often say the pain is excruciating, making it hard to sleep, walk or enjoy everyday life, find out more here. Ask your GP about getting vaccinated today.

3. Prioritise preventive screenings

Many medical conditions can be recognised in the early stages by getting preventive screenings and immunisations. Ask your doctor about what screenings are recommended for you.

4. Regular dental check ups

Good oral health directly correlates to overall health and wellbeing. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel.

Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Find out more about how oral health impacts your overall health here. Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont recommend visiting the dentist every 6 months. Book your appointment with our highly experienced and caring dentist today.

5. Children’s dental check up

Dental check- ups for the kids every 6 months is also recommended; more frequently if your child is experiencing problems with their teeth. The earlier you start your child’s routine of visiting the dentist, the greater the chances they will continue the habit as an adult.

Did you know your child may be eligible to receive free dental treatment? The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been extended for 2017 and children aged between 2-17 years that are eligible can receive up to $1,000 in benefits over two calendar years for basic dental services. Check with the Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont team for details on eligibility. Read more on Top tips for children’s oral hygiene and to view a fact sheet.

6. Immunisations

Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your child and remains the safest and most effective way to stop the spread of many of the world’s most infectious diseases. Today Australian children must be immunised to receive relevant government incentives. There are many tools to help you keep on top of this, try the ‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ app.

Are you and your children up to date with your immunisations? Visit your GP today.

7. Pap smear

Ladies, when did you last have a pap smear? If you can’t remember it has probably been longer than 2 years and you should consider making an appointment. Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont have a fantastic and highly experienced female GP who would be happy to assist you. Prevent cervical cancer and book your pap smear today. Find out more about the importance of keeping up to date with your pap smears here.

8. Men’s health check

Have you visited your GP in the last year?
Have you had your blood pressure measured in the last year?
Have you had your waist measured in the last year?
Have you had your cholesterol levels measured in the last year?
Have you had your blood sugar levels measured in the last year?
Have you spoken to your GP about bowel health?
Have you spoken to your GP about prostate health?
Have you had your skin checked in the last year?
If you or the men in your life answered NO to any or all of these questions then please book an appointment with one of our GPs, we have male and female doctors available

9. Be smoke free

Stopping smoking can make a big difference to your health and lifestyle as well as those around you. It is never too late to stop smoking to greatly benefit your health. Seek support and talk to your doctor about techniques and medications that can greatly increase your chances of quitting for good.

10. Work towards or manage a healthy weight

Embrace nutrition basics. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Forget the fad diets and adopt a healthy eating plan including a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

Move more. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, each week to assist in weight maintenance and overall health. Ask your GP for personalised assistance to help you effectively manage your weight.

For a fresh approach to your healthcare, visit Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont and experience the stunning new facilities and state- of- the art equipment today.

Book an appointment today on 4989 1300 or book online.
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