New after-hours medical service opens at Cairns Private Hospital
Feb 03, 2020
Cairns patients needing urgent after-hours medical attention will have access to more care, with the opening of Cairns Private Hospital’s After Hours GP Clinic on Monday, 3 February 2020.
The After Hours GP Clinic, which is located on the first floor of Cairns Private Hospital, will help to fill the gap in after-hours medical services throughout the region.
Patients will have access to longer appointments of at least 30 minutes if needed, with minimal wait times. The aim of the clinic is to supplement the services of a regular GP; all consultation notes and test results will be sent directly to a nominated doctor.
General practitioners at Cairns Private Hospital’s After Hours GP Clinic will provide regular consultations along with minor surgical procedures. They will also have access to pathology, radiology, and pharmacy services and can arrange for patients to be admitted immediately to Cairns Private Hospital if required.
Lead general practitioner for the clinic, Dr Bharat Gadhvi (Dr Baz), said: "People are willing to travel to see a doctor in the evening or at weekends if they know it is going to be a good quality service - and that is what we will provide."
Cairns Private Hospital CEO, Ben Tooth, said: "Should patients need to be admitted to hospital on their visit, the process will be seamless with our team of dedicated local GPs working together with - and fully supported by - our experienced cardiologists and physicians."
Appointments can be made from 12pm each day. The clinic will open Monday to Friday from 6pm to 10pm, and on weekends from 1pm to 7pm.
It will be staffed by nine local GPs who are already working in the area.
"They have all worked in Cairns for a while; they are all well-known, well respected and they know the specialists and the referral pathways which will benefit patients," Dr Gadhvi said.
Patients can make appointments by phone: (07) 4052 5305 from 12pm each day.