Dubbo and district residents are being asked to stop putting “unnecessary strain” on Dubbo Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED).
Not-for-profit Marathon Health is urging the community to make full use of after-hours services and “save the ED for emergencies only”.
The primary healthcare provider manages the Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic at the hospital and the After Hours Medical Telephone Service on 6884 2100.
It reports of almost 1240 presentations at the clinic this financial year and about 500 telephone calls answered.
“If you need a doctor in the after-hours period we strongly urge you to make use of our after-hours services rather than adding unnecessary strain on the ED,” said Marathon Health regional manager, western, Brittany Boniface.
Appointments are not required to attend the clinic which opens from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays for people with urgent but non-emergency symptoms who cannot wait to see their GP during regular hours.
The clinic operates in conjunction with the telephone service which connects patients to local GPs for advice in the after-hours period, seven days a week.
Funding for the after-hours services is being provided by the Western NSW Primary Health Network.
Visit www.marathonhealh.com.au for more information about the services.