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.

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1. Advice

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:

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2. Medical attention

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.

List of clinics who operate extended opening hours

Search here >

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

Contact details
(02) 4228 5522 >
www.radiodoctor.com.au >
 
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.

Some examples when you might visit an after hours clinic include:

  • Minor injuries (cuts, wounds, muscles, joints)
  • Sprain or strain
  • Seasonal or respiratory illness (eg asthma)
  • Treatment of open wounds
  • Fever or rash
  • Removal of foreign objects and splinters
  • Bite or sting
  • Suspected infection (respiratory, skin, intestinal etc)
  • Emergency contraception device

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3. Emergency

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 the event of an emergency, call 000 for an ambulance.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District emergency departments

Bulli Hospital >
Hospital Rd. Bulli
(02) 4284 4344

Shellharbour hospital >
Madigan Boulevarde, Mt Warrigal
(02) 4295 2500

Wollongong hospital >
Loftus Street, Wollongong
(02) 4222 5000