When GP clinics are closed and you, your family or friends need urgent but non-life-threatening medical assistance, there’s two alternatives – Priority Primary Care Centres and GP respiratory clinics.
ANMF members are encouraged to share information with their family and friends about these centres to help reduce non-urgent demand on emergency department nurses and doctors.
Priority Primary Care Centres
Funded by the Victorian State Government until the end of 2023, the centres provide free GP-led care in partnership with nearby hospital emergency departments (ED).
You can attend for health issues such as mild infections and burns, suspected fractures or broken bones. Pathology and imaging services are also available.
The 25 centres operate up to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week and accept walk-ups, referrals and pre-booked appointments.
GP respiratory clinics
There are approximately 50 free GP respiratory clinics available for people who have mild respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, runny nose, fever). You can make a telehealth or in-person appointment.
Staffed by general practitioners and nurses, the clinics provide testing and healthcare for people with respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
Face-to-face and telehealth appointments are available.