Finding extended-hour health care services for minor injuries and ailments can be difficult in NSW. In addition, there may be long waits in emergency departments and long waits for appointments for general practitioners.
Nurse-led health centres are already used successfully in the ACT and the United Kingdom to provide an alternative service for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, instead of presenting to the emergency department – which are under pressure.
Many NSW families struggle to find affordable primary health care (visting the GP). Healthcare costs can be a burden on the family budget, especially when unexpected. This will mean NSW emergency departments, already under strain due to the Liberal Government’s cuts, will face increased demand.
WiCs provide free access to health care, provide advice and treatment for common illnesses, as well as treatment for cuts, sprains and abrasions. It is physically separate from a hospital, has extended hours of service and accepts patients without an appointment or referral. It is nurse-led and relies on highly skilled nurses with advanced qualifications such as nurse practitioners. There is no cost to the patient.
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