After hours care

There is more than one place to go when you need medical attention after dark. The following 3 options will help you decide which relates best to your situation.

Seek medical advice when:

  • you are not sure if you need to see a health professional right away
  • you need support and are not sure what to do in your situation
  • you would like reassurance or practical medical advice.


There are a number of 24 hour phone services for a range of needs:

After Hours GP Helpline 

1800 022 222

Child Protection

Helpline

132 111

Healthdirect

1800 022 222

website

Lifeline

13 11 14

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800

NSW Poison’s

Information Centre

131 126

NSW Rape Crisis

Centre

1800 424 017

Surgery Access Line

1800 053 456

Victims Support Line

1800 633 063

Youthline

(02) 9633 3666

Seek urgent medical attention when your illness or injury can’t wait until the morning, but it isn’t an emergency

First consider calling your usual doctor to find out if they offer an after hours service. Most clinics will have a message on their answering machine to advise of their after hours arrangements.

Radio Doctor Illawarra

Doctors are available to come and treat you and your family at home every night, weekends and public holidays if you live in the Wollongong, Shellharbour or Kiama Local Government Areas

Radio Doctor Illawarra can be contacted on (02) 4228 5522. GPs from this service are available from:

Weekdays 7pm — 6am

Saturdays 12 noon — Monday 6am

All public holidays

The service accept calls one hour before operating hours and also bulk bills.

For more information visit there website www.radiodoctor.com.au.

You can view a list of clinics who operate extended opening hours via the Find a health service search.

After hours clinics do not provide ongoing comprehensive medical care. Some examples when you might visit an after hours clinic include:

  • minor injuries (cuts, wounds, muscles, joint)
  • bite or sting
  • sprain or strain
  • suspected infection (respiratory, skin, intestinal etc)
  • seasonal or respiratory illness (eg asthma)
  • emergency contraceptive advice
  • treatment of open wounds
  • ear, nose and throat conditions
  • fever or rash
  • falls
  • removal of foreign objects and splinters
 

Note: Always call the clinic before visiting.

Seek emergency care for severe symptoms which require immediate attentions such as:

  • Persistent or severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding
  • Loss of consciousness

In case of emergency, call 000 for an ambulance.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Emergency Departments

Hospital

Address

Phone

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Bulli Hospital

Hospital Road, Bulli

(02) 4284 4344

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Shellharbour Hospital

Madigan Boulevarde, Mt Warrigal

(02) 4295 2500

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Wollongong Hospital

Loftus Street, Wollongong

(02) 4222 5000

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