Welcome to the December issue of our newsletter. In true Melbourne fashion we kick off the summer with record levels of rain! When the sun does re-emerge, we will all be restocking our Vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is necessary for our bone health (Osteogenic health) it can prevent falls, and is necessary for maintaining strong bones. Apart from Vitamin D we also need adequate dietary calcium and also weight bearing exercise (walking, jogging etc). Thin bone disease is called Osteoporosis and this is something we must avoid. For most adults in Australia, dietary sources provide only a small (5–10%) part of their vitamin D requirement. The main source of vitamin D is exposure of the skin to sunlight (UV light). However, it is important not to overdo it as excessive and repeated UV exposure can lead to sun-damaged skin (burns, local and metastatic cancers). To give you an idea of enough sun, it is recommended to have roughly 6-7 minutes of sun on hands arms and face either mid-morning or late afternoon (noon time sun exposure should be avoided due to high UV index all year round*). Where sun exposure is not possible or feasible, correction is best achieved by the use of vitamin D supplements. One suggested regimen is 3000–5000 IU vitamin D3 daily for 6–12 weeks, checking levels after 12 weeks.
So, enjoy the sun in moderation this summer and remember, if you are over 70 OR have sustained a fracture after a minimal trauma, then consult with a doctor as you should receive a free Bone density scan to check for Osteoporosis.
*These exposure rates are for summer time, more is required during winter.
Our continued aim is to provide the most up-to-date medical service possible and to focus on preventative health to help you avoid disease before it starts.
Our Doctor is committed to ongoing education and skill development by attending conferences, seminars and lectures.
Computerised information sources further enhanced access to the most up to date information. Parking facilities are provided on Otway Street.
Privacy: This practice is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your personal health information. Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorized members of staff.
Our Doctor does not take phone calls during consultation hours. If you need to speak with the doctor, you must make an appointment. Results are not given over the telephone, they are given in consultation. You may receive a telephone call from the Doctor if the matter is urgent, otherwise our receptionist will call you to make a follow up appointment.
Urgent matters will be triaged and it is likely that you will be given an urgent appointment on the same day.
Our practice is committed to preventative care. We may issue you with a reminder notice from time to time offering you preventative health services appropriate to your care. If you do not wish to be part of this system please let us know at reception.
Health Promotion: December is National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Coming into Summer, please arrange a skin check with your Doctor. If you have any concerns regarding the above topics, please speak to your Doctor during your next consultation.
What is Bowel Cancer? Also known as colorectal cancer, can affect any part of the large bowel (colon) or rectum. Speak to your GP at your next visit if you have any health concerns relating to your bowel.
Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about the above awareness topics and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.
Knoxfield Pharmacy has a wonderful Baby Range including Sepal bottles endorsed by the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. These bottles are exclusive to Knoxfield Pharmacy as a supplier to the public. You can find out further information about these products by visiting our Pharmacy and having a chat to one of our staff or by looking up the Sepal website sepal.com.au
Knoxfield Pharmacy offers Document Certification at a cost of $1 per page. This is donated to the National Geographic Uproar Program. Helping to save big cats in the wild!
Sun care should be as easy as Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide, but for some people choosing the best sunscreen can be challenging.
We all know the importance of sun safety, yet many fail when it comes to putting into practice the basics of optimal sun protection. We here at Knoxfield Pharmacy are well trained and are happy to share our knowledge with you.
Australia has one of the highest cases of skin cancer in the world and some skin types can be more easily sunburnt compared to others but all skin types can be damaged by UV radiation. No one is completely protected, so no matter what skin type you have, it’s important to use all five forms of sun protection: apply sunscreen, slap on a hat, wear clothing, seek shade, and pop on your sunglasses.
For those who might be concerned about the chemicals in sunscreen please keep in mind two key messages: 1. Sunscreens prevent cancer. 2. There is no evidence that sunscreens are harmful. They are rigorously tested and regulated by the TGA.
Our advice is to apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply every two hours. It’s not recommended to use sunscreen on infants younger than six months because babies have really sensitive skin. We suggest not exposing babies to UV.
Always pick a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ or 50+. The difference between 30 and 50 is only around 1% so either one will block 97% of UVB radiation. And remember if you have any skin spots always have them checked by a doctor. Make an appointment at Together Medical and stay sun smart this summer!