Out-of-hours GP available during holiday period

There for you: The after hours GP service will be operating over the Christmas holiday period at 1/185 Morgan Street. Picture: Shutterstock
There for you: The after hours GP service will be operating over the Christmas holiday period at 1/185 Morgan Street. Picture: Shutterstock

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) is reminding people access to the Wagga Wagga GP After Hours Service (WGPAHS) for medical treatment outside business hours will continue over the holiday period by calling (02) 6931 0900.

The clinic, located at 1/185 Morgan Street, is an option considered for people requiring non-life threatening medical attention in the after hours period, according to MPHN CEO Melissa Neal.

"The Wagga GP After Hours Service is staffed by committed local GPs who provide high quality patient care when their regular surgery is closed," Ms Neal said.

"During the holiday period it's important people are aware if they are unwell they should continue to see a medical professional for treatment, even outside of normal business hours or on public holidays."

Established in 2003, the clinic is operated by 39 GPs from eight local general practices who work on a rotating roster.

Glenrock Country Practice GP and Chair of the WGPAHS Cooperative, Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda, said access to the WGPAHS helps reduce the pressure on the emergency department at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and minimises waiting time for people by offering a more appropriate primary care alternative.

"The service addresses non-life threatening urgent medical treatment for general practice patients who cannot wait to see their regular GP the next day or during periods when general practice is unavailable," Associate Professor Shenouda said.

For more information about the WGPAHS and for holiday period hours visit www.mphn.org.au/after hours.

Community members can also access mental health support services at all times and more information can be found at www.mapmyrecovery.org.au

The Wagga GP After Hours Service operates outside normal surgery hours for urgent medical treatment.

The service operates a clinic on evenings, weekends, and public holidays with a GP on-call for urgent home visits.

Consultations are by appointment.

To book a clinic appointment or to speak to the on-call General Practitioner, phone (02) 6931 0900.

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