After Hours Health Services
Our After Hours program supports the local community to access healthcare even when their regular GP is not available.
You or your patients can use our Doctor Closed website to access a range of information including:
You can also order our Doctor Closed resources online, including a poster, flyers, fridget magnets and hand sanitisers.
Telehealth Pilot in RACFs
Our After Hours Telehealth Pilot in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) commences in February 2020 and will run for 12 months.
The pilot will provide telehealth patient consultations to up to eight RACFs across our region during after hour periods when a resident’s usual GP is not available. Where appropriate, this will help to manage the resident within the facility potentially avoiding unnecessary transfer to a hospital emergency department. The resident’s usual GP will receive information about any episode of care provided by the telehealth provider.
The service provider will be My Emergency Doctor, a group of specialist emergency medicine physicians who have experience providing telehealth services to RACFs.
GPs will remain the first point of contact for their patient’s care. Contact with My Emergency Doctor will only occur if the resident's GP is not available and you have stated that you would like your patient to use this service in the after-hours period. As the service is delivered by specialist emergency medicine doctors, GPs who have patients at participating facilities will be invited to make a referral to the service, which will enable the use of Medicare items for the after-hours consultation in the event that you are unavailable.
Particpating RACF's include:
- Buckland Aged Care, Springwood
- Opal Anita Villa, Katoomba
- SummitCare, St Marys
- Uniting Hawkesbury, Richmond
- Uniting Edinglassie, Emu Plains
- Uniting Edinglassie Lodge, Penrith
We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the pilot and service. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss this Pilot further, please contact:
Yolande Boys – Manager, After Hours OR Liz Welch - Program Development Officer, After Hours on 4708 8100.