The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to residents of Western Sydney, as locals from today will have better access to fully bulk-billed urgent care, with a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) opening at Our Medical Home in Jamisontown.
The clinic will be open extended hours, seven days a week, easing pressure on the Nepean Hospital. Highly trained doctors and nurses will provide care, with no need for an appointment.
Almost half of all presentations to New South Wales hospital emergency departments and 44 per cent of presentations at Nepean Hospital Emergency Department are for semi- and non-urgent conditions.
The Penrith Medicare UCC delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment to make it easier for the community to get the urgent treatment they need while taking pressure off hospitals.
The Government is working closely with the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network to ensure the Penrith Medicare UCC compliments local health services and meets the needs of the community.
The Penrith clinic is one of the 14 Medicare UCCs being established across New South Wales, with clinics also being established in Albury, Batemans Bay, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Cessnock, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Lismore, Randwick, Tamworth, Westmead, Wollongong and Wyong.
Read more about Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“The Penrith Medicare UCC will make a big difference to patients in the region, who will be able to walk in during extended hours and receive urgent care bulk billed from a nurse or doctor.
“We’ve worked closely with the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and New South Wales Government to ensure the Medicare UCCs align with local health services and the needs of communities across the state.
“The Penrith Medicare UCC is just another way the Government is strengthening Medicare and making it easier to see a doctor.”
Quotes attributable to Susan Templeman MP, Member for Macquarie:
“The Penrith UCC will offer high-quality care for people who need to see a medical professional for a health issue that is urgent but not life-threatening, such as minor wounds or burns, fractures and infections, injuries that require stitches, and access to X-rays.
“The clinic will ease pressure on Nepean Hospital, so that its hard-working doctors and nurses can focus on higher priority emergencies. It will and provide convenient urgent care for the Penrith community at short notice, and free under Medicare.
“This is another example of the Albanese Government delivering to make it easier to see a doctor in New South Wales.”