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Busy periods put pressure on limited resources in country hospitals

31-03-2021 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Marathon Health is urging the community to remember their After Hours medical services over the Easter period, for urgent but non-emergency medical attention.

Therese Behan, Team Lead, After Hours, said Easter can be a busy time for emergency departments across NSW, which puts pressure on limited emergency resources in small country hospitals, and can also extend waiting times for people who don’t need urgent medical care.

“We encourage people with non-emergency conditions to visit the Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic or contact our After Hours telephone service, to be considerate of limited resources in country hospitals,” Ms Behan said.

The Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic, 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.

The Dubbo After Hours Telephone service is available outside normal GP surgery hours and connects patients to a local GP, who can offer advice and assistance.

“Emergency departments need to remain as the solution to critical situations only. Presenting to either the After Hours GP service or calling the telephone service can save crucial resources for emergency departments and potentially save lives,” Ms Behan said.

In a medical emergency, please call Triple Zero.

More information about this service can be found at This service is supported by funding through the Western NSW PHN as part of the Australian Government’s PHN program.

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