A GP is a general practitioner at a local healthcare facility. Every single person should have their own GP. Someone who you know and trust, someone who knows and cares about your current and past health issues. The one mistake a lot of people make is use multiple GP’s creating a mess when it comes to your medical history. The best option is to use one trusted GP allowing all of your medical history to be compiled into one place ensuring they are easily accessed in the case of a severe future illness. Of course, there comes a time when your trusted GP is closed and so are all the other local clinics. When this happens after hours doctor services are available for you to use.
The beauty of after hours doctor is you can have all the reports and notes sent to your GP of choice. This allows your GP to add these notes to your medical record. If it is life threatening you will need to go straight to the hospital or call ‘000’, as they are GP’s you treat them as such.
When making your booking you will be asked for your Medicare number. This is because they bulk bill all patients with Medicare or gold DVA. You are guaranteed no additional or hidden charges. A GP will arrive at your chosen destination with a bag stocked with equipment and starter kits for common medications giving you the chance to start your prescription straight away, not when a pharmacy is open.
No matter who you are after hours doctor will be able to treat you, from babies to the elderly, a GP has treated more than a million patients from an after hours service. You do not have to be the patient to call either if you are carer you are welcome to contact them for your loved one. All you need is their details – Medicare, name, address, and description of the illness or reason for your contact.
Once making a booking you will receive confirmation via text message. This will also include the estimated time of arrival. You would generally be seen between two to three hours from the time of the booking. Unfortunately, these times may vary. It is essential to monitor the patient and contact the service if there are any changes. They are qualified Professionals that can and will advise you of what you need to do including attending the hospital.
If you are not sure if there is an after hours doctor available for your area you are able to use an online locator. This will tell you if your area is covered by them by simply typing in your address. You can use these services after 6 p.m. on weekdays, 12 p.m. on Saturdays and all day for Sunday’s as well as all day for public holidays. This will ensure you have access to a GP at all times. It’s simple to book, either online or over the phone.
There are no disadvantages to using after hours doctor. You’ll receive quality care when the GP arrives. If you need some advice for while you wait you can request to speak to a registered nurse. A registered nurse will assist you in many health areas including signs that you need to keep an eye out for, what changes to be concerned about, how to console the patient and how to alleviate the patient’s discomfort.The GP’s are also trained in bedside manner to help alleviate some of the anxiety that can accompany being ill.
So if you are running a fever and it’s 10 p.m. using after hours doctor will be easy and convenient ensuring you get quality care as soon as possible.