Emergency department pressure: Ten new health centers opened by Andrews government

The Andrews Government has opened ten new priority health centers in Victoria to ease pressure on busy emergency departments.

The ten free priority care centers have already seen more than 6,000 patients pass through their doors.

At a time when the state’s health system is facing record levels of demand, the centers play a crucial role in reducing waiting times while providing an alternative service for those who cannot see the your usual GP.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said it should be a “basic right” to get health care free of charge and that the primary care system is “broken”.

“Many Victorians can’t get in to see a GP, let alone one who does the bulk billing,” he said.

“Our primary care system is broken.”

Doctors and nurses are trained to treat everything from minor infections, fractures and burns to pathology and medical imaging.

Most clinics are open 7 days a week and up to 16 hours a day with walk-in appointments available and no Medicare card required.

The ten existing centers have opened to:

  • Heidelberg
  • danced
  • Dandenong
  • Epping
  • Frankston
  • Glen Waverley
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Narre Warren
  • Prahran
  • Ground

Early data has shown the centers are reducing pressure on nearby emergency services and fifteen more have already been given the green light to be completed by February.

The new centers will be built in Bendigo, Mildura, Sunbury, Albury Wodonga Health – Wodonga, Box Hill Hospital, Footscray Hospital, Goulburn Valley Health – Shepparton, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Maroondah Hospital, Mercy Werribee, Northern Health – Craigieburn, Royal Children’s Hospital. , St Vincent, Geelong University Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group,

The $70 million project is part of the Andrews Government’s plan to plug gaps in primary care in Victoria, which also includes 30 state-funded GP respiratory clinics.

Originally published as Ten new centers opened in Victoria to ease pressure on health system

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