Hunter Medical Practice
The Covid-19 situation is not easing yet. We would like to remind our patients of our requirements for entry during this time.
Please call us from your car when you arrive for your appointment as our doors are locked and we have a limit of
how many people we can allow into the waiting room. We are required by NSW Health to ask a series of questions and to
take your temperature before you can come in. These restrictions have been put into place to protect our patients
by lowering the risk of spreading the virus. We are still doing face-to-face consults as well as telephone consults for
those who would prefer it. To contact us, please call 6532 5013.
Hunter Medical Practice would like to advise we will have a female GP working with us from Monday July 13 in our practices at Merriwa and
We will be in Merriwa on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and in Denman on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Please phone 6532 5013 for appointments in
Merriwa and 6547 3955 for appointments in Denman.
Hunter Medical Practice
Dr Noman Jawaad
WHO IS MERV
Who is Merv?….You may ask!…..What position does he play? AFL or NRL?….or is it cricket and Merv Hughes?
Well, none of those……MERV is the Rotary sponsored MENS’ EDUCATIONAL RURAL VAN and MERV is planning to be back in Merriwa
later in the year. MERV’s mission is to do health checks on men in rural and remote communities and to seek out potential problems and refer
participants on to their doctor of choice when thought appropriate. Independent analysis of MERV’S record shows successful interventions
in the past have been lifesaving in a significant number of cases.
Why is Rotary sending this message out before a date has been fixed? The answer is that it is an EARLY ADVICE given in the knowledge that
there will be a better response if the idea of having a health check has time to sink in…..and spouses and other family members have plenty
of time to sell the idea to chaps whom they think may benefit.
ROTARY MERRIWA will let the date of the MERV’S Merriwa visit be known as soon as we are advised.
Meals on Wheels
We would like to give a king size thank you to our Meals on Wheels volunteers for your consistent and pleasant
delivery service to our clients in all weathers. We are most grateful. If anyone would like to join
the team please attend a brief meeting at the hospital outside meeting rooms Monday August
17 at 1.00pm. Social Distancing will apply to the meeting numbers.
Please contact Deirdre on 0429 320 821 or Diane on 0417 237 274 for more information.
Our shop has reopened. For the time being the hours will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday –
10.00am to 12.30pm. Maximum capacity, social distancing and other Covid-19 measures will apply.
Another change will be that NO donations of clothing or other items can be accepted
at present as we are unable to comply with Covid-19 regulations for accepting donated
Our racks are well stocked with winter clothing and other treasures. Thank you for supporting Trinity Markets and
helping us keep our volunteers and community Covid safe.
Merriwa RSL Club
With the raffles yet to restart all badge draws remain on hold, however we have reintroduced some of our happy hours
with some variations;
Saturday’s $5.00 schooners and house spirits 6.00pm till close.
Sunday’s $4.00 schooners 11.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday’s $6.00 pint night
Friday’s 5.30pm – 7.30pm $5.00 schooners and house spirits.
Our current hours of trade are;
Bar – Monday to Wednesday 11.30am – 9.00pm
Thursday 11.30am – 10.00pm
Friday 11.30am – 11.30pm
Saturday 11.00am – 11.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 3.30pm
Bistro – Tuesday/Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12 noon –
2.00pm/5.30pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 12 noon – 2.00pm
Every Sunday lunch we have pork and lamb roast on the menu. As restrictions are lifted these time may vary a little.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your understanding and
support during these strange and unusual times.
Please note some restrictions have been reimposed and we can now only take bookings of up to ten people, this not
only relates to meals but also meetings.
Merriwa Sports Club
No bingo for the time being.
Casual bowls available.
Casual Golf available. Donations in honesty box.
NO SMORGASBORD FOR THE TIME BEING
Chinese/Australian Restaurant Closed Mondays,
Open for Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5.00pm to
Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday 12noon
For bookings and take away – 6548 3228.
Saturday Raffle – No RAFFLES FOR THE TIME BEING
CLUBS OPENING HOURS
Mondays 3.30pm till 6.00pm
Tuesday 3.30pm till 8.30pm
Wednesday 3.30pm till 8.00pm
Thursday 3.30pm till 8.00pm
Fridays 3.30pm till 8.30pm
Saturdays 12.00pm till 8.30pm
Sundays 3.30pm till 8.00pm.
Just a reminder that everyone has to supply
contact details when entering the club premises
and remain 1.5 metres apart
We would like to take them time to thank all our
valued members and guest for your on going
support during these strange times.
MERRIWA WOMENS BOWLING CLUB
Merriwa Lady Bowlers have commenced
playing Mixed Social Bowls on Wednesdays
commencing at 11.00am. Bowlers and non
bowlers are welcome to come and join in a fun
day of bowls and friendship.
Casual Dress and flat soled shoes to be warn.
For further information contact Loretta Cooper
on 0428 482 679, Beatrice Voysey on 6548 2065
or Philomena Constable on 6548 2320.
During this period of uncertainty as COVID continues to impact our lives, some are finding it really difficult to stay at home, stay safe and stay connected. Not everyone has the internet, a smart phone or access to social media. Not everyone has family or friends nearby to assist with everyday things like shopping or paying the bills.
Helping Hands is a volunteer network to help those who need it most in our community extending across the old Merriwa Shire boundary. By staying in regular contact with local businesses and services, Helping Hands can help you stay connected with what’s available in Merriwa from the safety of your own home.
We can let you know what services are available and help you to access them. We also work with other charities and community organisations to help distribute donated items such as food hampers, gift cards, clothing even occasionally the odd bale of mulch hay for the garden!
We would love to hear from you if you are a senior, living with a disability or someone doing it tough in some other way. There will be more donated items and groceries coming into the district over the next few months so if this is something that could make a difference to you or your family, let us know.
In keeping with Covid restrictions, we can only assist people who have registered with Helping Hands and given us permission to contact them.
To go on the register call (m:) 0499 377 284 Monday to Friday during business hours. Leave a message and we will get back to you! You can also call this number if you’d like to be a volunteer yourself.
Dr Emad Jasem
Dr Adrian Plaskitt (3 days a Month)
For all your medical needs
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8.30am
Wednesday 8.30am- 2.00pm
Closed for lunch 2.00pm to 3.00pm daily
For bookings please call the surgery on 02 6548-2305
COVID – 19 INFORMATION FOR MERRIWA
We are asking that patients who have respiratory symptoms of Corona Virus (COVID – 19) or similar, Please DO NOT present yourself to Merriwa
Surgery. If you are a patient with respiratory symptoms, we ask that you, in the first instance call the healthdirect hotline on 1800 022 222, prior to calling the surgery.
Presenting yourself to the surgery could result in the surgery being closed and quarantined, leaving the Doctor and staff also quarantined and preventing healthcare to the community. Please think of others during this time.
A phone consult can be arranged for those with symptoms following contact in the first instance with the healthdirect hotline as above. For up
to date information on COVID – 19 please visit www.health.gov.au
Dr Emad Jasem
Chance for teens to shine at Burn Bright Camp
Upper Hunter Shire Council is offering a free, life-changing opportunity to local young people aged 15 to 18 years, interested in experiencing a Burn Bright Camp during the July 2020 school holidays.
Burn Bright Camps help young people develop their well-being skills, to face challenges and adversity.
The Camp provides a range of fun activities including sharing of stories, music and video to establish a safe space for freedom of thoughts and self-expression and a collaborative, inclusive team culture. Over four days and three nights the young people will focus on values, service, grit and vision with group activities, motivational speakers and youth mentors.
Burn Bright Camp will run from 9-12 July 2020 at Vision Valley Conference Centre, Arcadia.
Council will cover all costs of the Camp including transport.
In 2020 the Camp is an alternative experience to the Upper Hunter Shire Young Endeavour Scheme, which Council has offered for 20 years.
To apply, young people must submit a short written explanation of why this opportunity would be beneficial to them and must be nominated by a school representative, parent or guardian or community member over 18 years of age. Young nominees must be an Australian citizen, have a normal postal address within the Upper Hunter Shire and be aged between 15 and 18 years at the time of the camp.
More information and expressions of interest forms are available at any Council administration office, http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-services/youth-services.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the camp visit www.burnbright.org.au
Nominations close Friday, 6 February 2020.
WEEKLY FREE 5KM TIMED RUN
What is Merriwa parkrun? It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.
When is it? Every Saturday at 8.00am.
Where is it? The event takes place at Rotary Park, Telfer Street, Merriwa, NSW 2329.
What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode If you forget it, you won’t get a time.
Register at https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/
How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.
Merriwa parkrun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers – email email@example.com to help. We are friendly.
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sansko café – please come and join us! Participate in parkrun on Show Day to receive a free ticket to the Merriwa Springtime Show. You must show your barcode and walk/run/ volunteer to receive your ticket.
Non Emergency Medical
We are required to give Area Health at least 48 hours notice of planned trips. To do this we need Clients to make their booking
with us in that time.
Telephone 6548 2653 or Office, Bottle Museum, between 9.30 and 3.30 weekdays.
Hunter Medical Practice -Update
Dr Noman Jawaad
Dr Ahmed Jalal
Dr Joe Paul
Merriwa – Cnr Brisbane and Mackenzie Streets – 65325013
Denman – 51 – 53 Ogilivie Street – 65473955
Muswellbrook – 80 Brook Street – 65431717
Currently ours hours are 8am – 6pm over the 3 practices
Merriwa hrs currently are Monday 1 Dr, Wednesday 1 Dr and Thursday 2 Drs 1 week then the next week is Wednesday 1 Dr and Thursday 2 Drs
Denman is Wednesday 2 Drs and Thursday 1 Dr 1 weekthen the next week is Monday 1 Dr, Wednesday 2 Drs and Thursday 1 Dr
Muswellbrook is Monday 2 Drs , Tuesday 3 Drs and Friday 3 Drs
We also have a Diabetes Educator attend our Denman and Muswellbrook rooms, a dietitian attending Muswellbrook as well as a Podiatrist.
Merriwa Business Gift Card
CHECK. IT. OUT.
Why Leave Town (WLT) gift cards are here and ready to be purchased. These are a great way to support local businesses, as it ensures that the money stays within the Merriwa community.
WLT gift cards can be redeemed at any of the following participating businesses:
Cross Country Merriwa
Di’s Clothing Patch
Eat at 153
Landmark Townsend Merriwa
Max’s Country Cuts
Merriwa Café & Bakery
Merriwa Petroleum & Ag Supplies
Merriwa Post Office
Merriwa tyre and service centre
Welderup MWA Pty Ltd
These gift cards can also be purchased online, so even if you yourself are not a local, you can still purchase them as gifts, and send them to locals.
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