Primary care resources

After hours healthcare resources

About after hours healthcare in South Western Sydney

SWSPHN’s after hours commissioning activities are guided by the Commonwealth Government’s After Hours objectives, which are to:

  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of After Hours primary care for patients, particularly those with limited access to health services
  • improve access to After Hours primary care through effective planning, coordination and support for population-based after hours primary care
  • improve the availability of After Hours general practice services through working collaboratively with general practitioners 

 

After hours periods

After hours services should only be utilised for non-emergency medical care when a patient’s regular GP is closed, such as late at night or on weekends.

After hours periods are:

  • before 8am or after 6pm on weekdays
  • before 8am or after 12pm (noon) on Saturdays, and
  • all day on Sundays and public holidays

We recommend patients to:

  • Contact their regular GP to check if their regular GP is open or has After Hours arrangements in place
  • Take note of extended work hours their local GP may have during the holidays
  • Contact one of the commissioned After Hours services or other available After Hours services in the region as per the patient’s preference

Local after hours services

After Hours services should only be utilised for non-emergency medical care when a patient’s regular GP is closed, such as late at night or on weekends.

Encourage your patients to use Healthdirect:

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