Urgent Care Centre

In an Emergency Please Call 000

Beaufort and Skipton Health Service has Urgent Care Centres located at the Beaufort campus and the Skipton campus. Urgent care is available to the community 24 hours a day and seven day a week. The department is staffed by nurses from the ward with medical services provided by visiting GP’s on a private basis.

Urgent Care is consultation, treatment or intervention in a facility dedicated to the delivery of medical care outside of a regional hospital emergency department. It is usually unscheduled, on a walk-in basis. Urgent care centres are primarily used to treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to a larger regional emergency department.

Clients using the Urgent Care Centre are assessed by nursing staff and are triaged according to the severity of their presenting problem with the most urgent cases always attended to first.

The urgent care Centres are not independently staffed and our nursing staff also manage the inpatients within the Hospital. Nursing staff are highly skilled with a registered nurses maintaining Advanced Cardiac Life Support accreditation.

If your condition requires more specialist investigation or care than can be provided by the Urgent Care Centres located in Beaufort and Skipton then you will be transferred by ambulance. If this occurs, the patient is responsible for the cost of ambulance transport. Patients receiving care in the Urgent Care Centres will be charged by the visiting medical practitioner at bulk billed rates.

All TAC & WorkCover patients will incur hospital charges.

If medical attention is required for a general condition, you are encouraged to contact your GP during business hours. If you are concerned about a health issue outside of your local medical clinic’s hours, please contact the After Hours GP Helpline on 1800 022 222. This free phone service is operated by highly trained nurses who can decide if you need medical advice, need to speak to a local doctor, make an appointment for the following day, attend the hospital for immediate assessment, or call an ambulance.