Wait times in emergency rooms across the state are continuing to rise but there is a simple way you can help to reduce that.
If you or a family member is sick when your regular GP’s practice is closed, the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (SWSPHN) has established after-hours GP clinics for non-life-threatening issues
These clinics cater for injuries or illnesses such as coughs, colds and fevers, minor cuts or burns, sporting injuries, migraines, stomach bugs and various infections.
SWSPHN has established an after-hours health care service at 3-17 Queen Street, Campbelltown.
SWSPHN chief executive Keith McDonald said the service was for those who needed “urgent” care rather than “emergency” care.
“It’s natural to be anxious and unsure where to turn when you or a loved one needs medical care after your regular GP’s practice has closed for the night or the weekend,” he said.
“Our message is: there are options available besides the emergency room at your local hospital.”
Mr McDonald said the service was convenient, accessible and fully bulk billed.
“Importantly provides you with continuity of care because a report from your appointment will be forwarded to your nominated GP,” he said.
“We’re urging the community not to visit emergency departments after-hours with illnesses or injuries which are more appropriately treated by a GP.
“Emergency departments should be kept for emergencies – patients with serious illnesses or injury which could lead to complications, even death.”
The Campbelltown After Hours service is open from 6pm to 10pm on weeknights, 2pm to 10pm on weekends and 4pm to 10pm on public holidays.
Details: 0405 166 231. Additional after-hours health care services can be located through the Healthdirect app.