The first Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (Medicare UCC) provider in Western Australia has been selected following an Expression of Interest process.
Rudloc Road Medical & Dental Morley will start seeing patients from late June 2023.
The clinic will be among the first Medicare UCCs to open in Australia and will manage the urgent care needs of patients across Perth.
It will be open extended hours, 7 days a week, with urgent care fully bulk billed, patients will able to see a doctor or nurse and access imaging and pathology services.
The clinic will ease pressure on the Royal Perth Hospital, allowing them to concentrate on higher priority emergencies.
Work is under way to establish a further 6 clinics in WA including: Rockingham, Joondalup, Murdoch, Midland, Bunbury and Broome.
The Commonwealth will continue to work closely with the Western Australian Government and WA Primary Health Alliance to deliver these further Medicare UCCs, which will open in 2023.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“The Medicare UCC at Rudloc Road Medical & Dental Morley is going to make a real difference to patients across Perth.
“When you have a deep cut, or when your child breaks their arm, the Perth Medicare UCC will be there to avoid patients having to spend hours in a hospital waiting room.
“This is just the first UCC provider location to be named in WA. There will be seven Medicare UCCs in Western Australia.”
Quotes attributable to Minister Sanderson:
“GP urgent care clinics have an important role to play in providing and alternative to emergency departments and we welcome the Albanese Government’s swift delivery of the first Medicare UCC for WA.
“Patients who do not need to attend an emergency department but who urgently need to see a doctor will be able to get fully bulk-billed care closer to home in Morley.”