With the Easter long weekend, Anzac Day and Labour Day fast approaching it’s helpful to know which services will be available during the public holidays, if your family needs urgent medical care.
After-hours services such as House Call Doctor will be available around the clock during every upcoming public holiday. These doctors treat acute medical symptoms that cannot wait until normal clinic hours.
Queenslanders are fortunate enough to have four public holidays in the next few weeks:
- Good Friday, 14th April
- Easter Monday, 17th April
- Anzac Day, Tuesday 25th April
- Labour Day, Monday 1st May
While your family GP may be closed on these dates, house call doctors will be available 24 hours a day.
Consultations with a house call doctor are bulk-billed for families who are covered by Medicare. There are no additional call-out fees during public holidays.
“This time last year, our doctors treated more than 5 000 patients throughout Queensland,” says House Call Doctor’s Chief Operating Office, Craig Glover. “This year, we expect to receive even more call-outs.”
“Our doctors will respond to urgent situations, including acute colds and flus, gastro and fevers, rashes and infections, asthma and allergies, and even minor home accidents like sprains and lacerations.”
House call doctors allow families to avoid lengthy hospital queues, in situations that are not life-threatening. They also reduce the strain on crowded Emergency departments throughout our state.
“After-hours GPs provide vital assistance to Queenslanders when they need help most,” says Dr Ryan Harvey, the Deputy Clinical Director at House Call Doctor.
“Our patients are usually babies and children,” says Dr Harvey. “We are also called to childcare centres and community homes, even throughout the holidays.”
House call doctors are on the road throughout Queensland, including most regional and metropolitan centres. To see whether this service is available within your area, use the suburb checker online.
A government run initiative, 13 Health, will also be providing over-the-phone medical advice during the public holidays. 13 Health connects your family with a nurse who can provide confidential health information.
To find GP clinics and pharmacies in your area during the public holidays, visit Health Direct online. This website includes the opening hours and contact details for most local practitioners.
“Children fall sick unexpectedly, and public holidays are no exception,” says Dr Harvey. “Fortunately, most families who request a house call doctor are seen within 3 hours.”
House call doctors are also available from 6.00pm weeknights, 12.00pm Saturdays and all day on Sundays, outside of the public holiday period.
In emergencies, always phone Triple 0 (000) and ask for Ambulance, Police or Fire crews.