After hours and urgent care for community

When you need care because it is urgent or after hours

nurse working after hours in urgent care using a digital tablet

After hours and urgent care is accessible primary healthcare outside of general practice opening hours and hospital emergency departments. It ensures that communities can access appropriate care when treatment can’t wait, particularly in cases where treatment may not require a visit to an emergency department.

After hours and urgent care should not be a substitute for primary care that could otherwise occur ‘in hours’ i.e. at your usual general practice.


If you or someone you know is having a life-threatening medical issue or experiencing severe pain, call triple zero (000) or visit the emergency department of your nearest public hospital for urgent medical treatment.

Urgent non-emergencies

If you need help for an urgent medical issue (that is not life-threatening but cannot wait until the following day), there are after hours healthcare options that don’t involve a trip to a hospital emergency department. These options include telephone helplines, pharmacies, after hours doctors and medical clinics, or a doctor visiting you at home.

After hours and urgent care for community services

Available across Murray PHN region

Available in select communities

Virtual care

For more after hours and urgent care information

Last Update: June 7th, 2024