After hours

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After hours health care is for people whose health condition is urgent and cannot wait for treatment until regular general practice services are next available.

The after hours period is from 6pm to 8am Monday to Friday, 6pm Friday to 8am Saturday, from 12 noon Saturday to 8am Monday, and all day on public holidays.

National Home Doctor Service

If you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can call the National Home Doctor Service.

All National Home Doctor Service after hours GP home visits are bulk billed.

Simply call 13 SICK (that's 13 7425) to make a booking for a doctor to visit you at home any time from 4pm Monday to Friday, 10am on Saturday, and all day on Sunday and public holidays.

They can provide appropriate medical care after hours when your daytime GP is not available. Our doctors are also equippped to treat a range of common ailments.


Walk-in Centre

Walk in to fast, free treatment for minor injury or illness

Walk-in Centres help people get fast, free, one-off treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.

You can see a specialist nurse for advice, assessment and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries such as cuts and bruises, minor infections, strains, sprains, skin complaints and coughs and colds. If necessary, you'll be redirected to the most appropriate healthcare professional.

Walk-in Centres operate 7.30am - 10pm seven day a week. No appointment necessary.

Belconnen Walk-in Centre
Belconnen Community Health Centre
Crn Laithlain And Cohen Streets, Belconnen

Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre
Tuggeranong Community Health Centre
Crn Anketell and Pitman Streets, Tuggeranong


CALMS

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Consultations by appointment only. Fees apply

CALMS provides access to after hours medical care for patients in the Canberra Region. Clinic appointments can be made by phoning the CALMS call centre.

Home visits are available when clinically indicated. However, often only limited care can be provided via a home visit. Home visits are mainly required by residents of nursing homes. Arrangements can be made for a GP to visit you at home if the call centre’s assessment indicates that this is the best way to manage your problem.

Any person living in or visiting the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) can use the service. Home visits are restricted to the ACT, but persons living outside the ACT can access all other CALMS services.

For continuity of health care, a copy of the consultation notes will be forwarded to your nominated General Practitioner with your consent.

Bookings
Bookings by appointment only. Phone 1300 4 CALMS (1300 422 567) after 6pm weekdays.

Fees apply. There is a reduced fee for pensioners and health care card holders.

Weekdays
The CALMS call centre operates from 6pm to 8.30am the next morning. CALMS clinics are open at the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals from 8pm to approximately 11pm. A doctor is on call overnight for patients requiring urgent attention.

Weekends
The CALMS call centre operates from 6pm Friday to 8:30am Monday and continues a 24 hour service on Public Holidays. CALMS clinics are open at the Canberra and Calvary Hospital from 10am to approximately 11pm. Tuggeranong Clinic opens in the afternoon. Home visits can be arranged based on clinical need. A doctor is on call overnight for patients requiring urgent attention. During the Christmas New Year Period CALMS has clinics at all locations open every day.

Locations

Northside

Day Services Building
Calvary Hospital
Mary Potter Crt, Bruce
(Follow the multi-coloured walkway to the right of the Emergency Department Entrance)

Southside

Pre Admission Clinic
Building 2, Canberra Hospital, Garran
(Enter through the Emergency Department Entrance and follow the signs)

Tuggeranong - Weekends and public holidays

2nd Floor, Tuggeranong Health Centre
Corner of Pitman and Anketell St, Greenway

Home visits

For home visits, give clear directions to your residence and leave lights on to help the doctor locate your home. Any person living in or visiting the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) can use the service. Home visits are restricted to the ACT, but persons living outside the ACT can access all other CALMS services.

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Medical and dental centres

Fees apply

If you're looking for health services after hours, these two privately-run medical and dental centres offer GP, pathology, x-ray, ultrasound services and CT scans until 10pm seven days a week.

If you're seeking dental attention, please call ahead to see whether they can help you, or visit the dental health section of this website for more information about dental services in the ACT.

Ginninderra Medical Centre and Primary Dental

Nettlefold Street (Corner Coulter Drive), Belconnen.
Weekdays: 7am - 10pm
Weekends: 8am - 10pm
(including public holidays)
Phone (02) 6112 7111

Ginninderra Primary Dental

Monday: 8.30AM - 6PM
Tuesday: 8.30AM - 6PM
Wednesday: 8.30AM - 4.30PM
Thursday: 8.30AM - 2.30PM
Friday: 8.30AM - 5.30PM

Phillip Medical and Dental Centre

33 Colbee Court, Phillip.
Weekdays: 7am - 10pm
Weekends: 8am - 10pm
(including public holidays)
Phone (02) 6112 7000

Phillip Primary Dental

Weekday: 8AM - 6PM
Saturday: 8AM - 6PM


After hours advice for parents and carers

1800 022 222 (free call; 24 hr)
Healthdirect Australia is a telephone health advice and information service.

1800 882 436 (free call)
A confidential phone and online service providing information, advice and counselling about pregnancy, childbirth and baby's first year.

1800 637 337 (free call)
Tresillian's Parent Helpline is a telephone services where you can speak to a Child and Family Health nurses on any aspect of parenting children aged up to five (5) years.

1300 227 464 (1300 CARING)
Karitane Careline is a telephone service where you can speak to a Child and Family Health Nurses on a wide range of issues concerning infants and children from birth to five (5) years of age.

1800 686 268 (free call)
Breastfeeding support and information are available from Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) volunteers via the Breastfeeding Helpline.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.