Cohuna District Hospital has an Urgent Care Centre (UCC) that is open to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is staffed by nurses from the ward with medical services provided by visiting GPs on a private basis.
Urgent care is consultation, treatment or intervention in a facility dedicated to the delivery of medical care outside of a regional hospital emergency department.
It is usually unscheduled, on a walk-in basis.
Urgent care centres are primarily used to treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to a larger regional emergency department.
Patients using the Urgent Care Centre are assessed by nursing staff and are triaged according to the severity of their condition – with the most urgent cases always attended to first.
It is not independently staffed and our nursing staff also manage inpatients within the hospital.
Nursing staff are highly skilled with registered nurses and midwives maintaining life support accreditation.
If your condition requires more specialist investigation or care than can be provided by the Urgent Care Centre then you will be transferred by ambulance.
Patients receiving care in our Urgent Care Centre will be charged a consultation and treatment fee by the visiting medical practitioner.
All TAC & WorkCover patients will incur hospital charges.
If medical attention is required for a general condition, you are encouraged to contact your GP during business hours.
If you are concerned about a health issue outside of your local medical clinic’s hours, please contact the After Hours GP Helpline on 1800 022 222.
This free phone service is operated by highly trained nurses who can decide if you need medical advice, need to speak to a local doctor, make an appointment for the following day, attend the hospital for immediate assessment, or call an ambulance.