Do you know where to go for help this holidays period? Starting with your regular GP is the first place to start according to the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) as many general practices in the region are offering extended opening hours.
Pharmacies also play a vital role in delivering healthcare services outside of regular working hours, with many also offering extended opening hours.
The Wagga GP After Hours Service is available at 1/185 Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga, with services delivered by GPs from 11 Wagga-based practices. The service bulk bills children under 16, concession card holders, tertiary students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Concession card or tertiary card holders must present their card at the time of the consultation.
Appointments can be made 30 minutes prior to the clinic opening time listed below by phoning (02) 6931 0900.
MPHN CEO Melissa Neal said it was important people knew there is health services and support available during the holidays.
"Should you or a family member need to access health services and support over the holidays, seeing if your local doctor is open is a good place to start.
"Pharmacists are also able to provide some guidance and support as well, so check your local chemist opening hours too.
"The Wagga GP After Hours Service operates outside or regular business hours, including weekends and public holidays. Local GPs provide urgent, non-life-threatening treatment to people living and travelling in the Wagga region.
"There are a number of online resources and telephone support services available 24-seven and I encourage people to use these as well."
13CURE (phone 13 28 73) is a home visiting GP service available in Wagga, which provides bulk-billed home visits. Go to https://www.13cure.com.au/locations/new_south_wales/wagga_wagga-19168 for more information.
Other support services available from home include visiting the HealthDirect website at www.healthdriect.gov.au or calling the GP Helpline on 1800 022 222 for free, 24-hour health advice and information.
For online mental health and wellbeing resources visit www.headtohealth.gov.au. Anyone who is experiencing a mental health emergency (themselves or others) should call access line 1800 800 944, Lifeline 13 11 14 or call 000.
WAGGA GP AFTER HOURS SERVICE OPENING HOURS
December 24 7pm to 9pm
December 25 4.30pm to 6.30pm
December 26 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm
December 27 7pm to 9pm
December 28 6pm to 9pm
December 29 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm
December 30 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm
December 31 7pm 9pm
January 1 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm