Re­minder of after-hours GP avail­abil­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

WESTERN sub­urbs res­i­dents are among those tar­geted by a new cam­paign aimed at steer­ing peo­ple to­wards after-hours GP ser­vices in­stead of emer­gency de­part­ments.

Perth Cen­tral and East Metro Medi­care Lo­cal’s (PCEMML) new cam­paign was launched last week and tar­gets 15 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas across western, east­ern and north-east­ern parts of Perth.

PCEMML chief ex­ec­u­tive Leanne Dur­ring­ton said she hoped the cam­paign, which was launched at St John Am­bu­lance’s Mor­ley De­pot, would en­cour­age more peo­ple to use GP After Hours prac­tices when suit­able.

“The cam­paign is about en­sur­ing the com­mu­nity un­der­stands the choice, value and con­ve­nience of us­ing their lo­cal GP After Hours in­stead of turn­ing to emer­gency health ser­vices,” she said.

St John Am­bu­lance deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Smith said it was great to see some real al­ter­na­tives to emer­gency de­part­ments.

“Hav­ing said that, we would al­ways en­cour­age peo­ple to call triple zero (000) for an am­bu­lance if they were un­sure of what ser­vice to ac­cess,” he said.

Visit per­cysprac­ or call 1800 323 333 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d425159

St John Am­bu­lance met­ro­pol­i­tan op­er­a­tions man­ager Paul Hogg with chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tony Ah­ern and Car­rie Oliver and her son Matthew.

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