Libs Promise Urgent Care Clinics

  • URGENT CARE CLINICS IN TUGGERANONG AND GUNGAHLIN

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will open urgent care clinics in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin. Mr Seselja said the clinics will be open 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The Canberra Liberals believe that ACT residents should have better walk-in treatment options for less acute medical conditions as an alternative to GP or emergency department care,” Mr Seselja said.

“That’s why if elected, we’ll establish Urgent Care Clinics with both doctors and nurses in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin to help patients who would typically be triaged as Category 4 or 5 at an emergency department.

“This policy will cost $15.4 million over four years, and an additional $7 million in capital. The service would be free to all Canberrans,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Hanson said the Canberra Liberals believe that ACT residents should have better walk-in treatment options for less acute cases, taking pressure off our overstretched emergency departments.

“Studies have shown that up to 27 per cent of visits to the emergency department could be better treated in an Urgent Care Clinic, and there are established and successful clinics operating in Victoria and the Northern Territory, and also the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand,” Mr Hanson said.

“Urgent Care Clinics will take pressure off our already stretched emergency departments, giving better healthcare to all Canberrans.”