What are After Hours GP services?

The After Hours GP is access to non-emergency medical care that is available when your doctor is closed. This could involve a face-to-face appointment with a doctor at an After Hours GP clinic or a telephone call with a doctor and if necessary a home visit service by the GP.


What is the difference between an After Hours GP and my regular GP?

The After Hours GP service should not be used in place of your regular doctor. An After Hours GP is a doctor you can access if you need non-emergency medical care when your regular doctor is closed.

After Hours GP times: Monday-Friday: 6pm-10pm, Saturday: 2pm-10pm, Sunday & Public holidays: 2pm-10pm

Unsociable After Hours period: 11pm-8am weekdays, hours outside of 8am and 12 noon Saturdays and all day Sundays and public holidays 

Where can I find information about my nearest After Hours GP clinic?

  1. Health Direct website
  2. Health Direct App - available in App Store and in Google Play
  3. Call SWSPHN (02) 4632 3000 – contact person: Jackie Caton

How do I find out if my regular doctor (GP) provides After Hours GP services?

  1. Ask your regular GP the following questions:
    a) Does your doctor work after hours? 
    b) Does the GP practice have a preferred after hours partner?

  2. Remember you can always ask the friendly receptionist or nurse at your doctor’s practice!

Is there a cost for After Hours GP services?

For patients with a valid Medicare card, DVA card or Health Care Card, you may be bulk billed. For those patients who do not have a valid Medicare card, there will be an out-of-pocket cost.

When should I go to an After Hours GP clinic rather than the hospital Emergency Department (ED)?

For any ailment that you would normally seek assistance from your doctor (GP) is when you can access the After Hours GP clinic rather than the hospital ED.

The reasons include: reducing the wait time to receive medical assistance. This also helps ED see the more urgent emergency cases much quicker.

If you are not sure, you can call the After Hours GP helpline on 1800 022 222.

For emergencies, call 000. 

For more information about After Hours services ,watch the After Hours Services in SWS video

What is the After Hours GP helpline?

You can call the after hours GP helpline on 1800 022 222.

When you call the after hours GP helpline, a registered nurse will assess you and based on your symptoms, the nurse may offer you a call back from a GP. The GP will contact you within 15 minutes or 1 hour depending on the urgency of your health issue.

Find out more information about the after hours GP helpline on healthdirect.


What happens to my answers after I do the After Hours GP survey?

Your responses will be collected and used to help form part of the bigger picture of healthcare in our region. We will use the information to shape the next South Western Sydney PHN After Hours Needs Assessment. This process enables us to focus on priorities, identify gaps or barriers and work out where additional funding and services are needed in the future.

If I have questions about the After Hours survey, who can I ask?

Please contact Jackie Caton on jackie.caton@swsphn.com.au or call 02 4632 3038 for more information.

What happens to my feedback?

All comments, ideas and suggestions are collated and used by the relevant team to inform the development of strategies, projects, programs and activities, or to gain an insight into community views and opinions.

The feedback we receive online is used in conjunction with feedback we receive from other consultation events and face-to-face engagement activities such as workshops, meetings, onsite sessions, or surveys.

While all feedback provided as part of an engagement is considered in the decision-making process, this does not mean that every suggestion can be taken on board and adopted as proposed.

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