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Stay home, stay safe – after hours support available from home

24-04-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Bathurst and Dubbo residents are now able to access Marathon Health’s free GP After Hours services from the comfort of their homes, allowing physical distancing requirements to be met.

Marathon Health, Portfolio Manager of Primary Health Services, Shellie Burgess, said the service can now accommodate clients through phone or video consults.

“The Dubbo and Bathurst after hours telephone services are proving crucial to residents who need medical advice outside of normal GP hours. We urge people to use these services if they have any nonemergency concerns and need medical advice from a local GP,”Ms Burgess said.

Operating alongside the telephone service – the walk-in GP clinic available on weekends is now operating via phone or video for patients who don’t want to leave their homes to comply with physical distancing laws.

Dubbo residents are now able to access Marathon Health’s free GP After Hours services from the comfort of their homes, allowing physical distancing requirements to be met.

Marathon Health, Portfolio Manager of Primary Health Services, Shellie Burgess, said the service can now accommodate clients through phone or video consults.

“The Dubbo After Hours Telephone Service is proving crucial to residents who need medical advice outside of normal GP hours. We urge people to use this service if they have any nonemergency concerns and need medical advice from a local GP,” Ms Burgess said.

Operating alongside the telephone service – the walk-in GP clinic available on weekends is now operating via phone or video for patients who don’t want to leave their homes to comply with physical distancing laws.

“Some people still need to present to the Clinic in person, but for others we are really excited to now be able to support them over the phone or by video,” Ms Burgess said.

The changes in service delivery are in response to Australian Government concerns that people are neglecting their health and wellbeing for fear of COVID-19.

“Like regular GPs, we have made some changes to how people access our service. This is good news for residents because they can stay home and safe and still access the care they need,” Ms Burgess said.

The Dubbo After Hours services, funded through the Western NSW Primary Health Network, provides medical attention for patients who need medical support and who are unable to wait to see their regular GP during surgery hours. In a medical emergency, please call Triple Zero (000).

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