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The instinct to rush to the ED is a powerful one, but stop and think about the best place to get medical advice and treatment.
Each year, the five hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) in NSLHD see more than 200,000 patients – many of whom could have been treated in the community, either by their family GP, at their local medical centre, or through a GP home visit service.
The Emergency Department is your best option if you experience a serious injury or illness, breathing problems, or need urgent medical attention, however for everything else, visit your local GP, medical centre, pharmacist or pick up the phone.
If you need advice, Healthdirect Australia (1800 022 222) offers a 24 hour hotline staffed by registered nurses; and the National Home Doctor Service (137425) and the Home GP Service (1300 466 347) offer home visits after hours.
How can your local GP help? Watch the video below.