After Hours Health Services

The After Hours program improves access to primary health care outside regular operating hours

What is After Hours Primary Health Care?

After Hours Primary Health Care (AHPHC) is defined as accessible and effective care for people whose health condition is urgent and cannot wait for treatment until regular services are next available.

After Hours Services on the Central Coast 

Click on the links below for details on relevant services.

General Practices - Christmas Holiday Opening Hours

Central Coast After Hours General Practices

Central Coast After Hours Pharmacies

Central Coast After Hours Dentists

Central Coast Imaging Services

After Hours Services in the Hunter Region

Hunter Primary Care currently provides the GP Access After Hours services in the Maitland, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region by utilizing a telephone based triage.

GP Access After Hours - Phone: 1300 130 147

GP led clinics are located at:
Westlakes Community Health Centre
• Belmont Hospital
• John Hunter Hospital
• Calvary Mater Hospital
• Maitland Hospital


After Hours (Newcastle) Medical Services - Phone: 4943 6666
After Hours (Newcastle) Medical Service provides a mobile deputising service in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas. The service also includes an After Hours clinic located at Broadmeadow which provides after hours care for the community with no appointments necessary.

After Hours services in the New England Region

HealthWISE New England North West currently coordinates the Small Towns After Hours (STAH) program which provides a telephone link between a registered nurse in a rural and remote hospital and a GP VMO from a district size town for triage Category 3-5, when the GP rostered to be on-call at the hospital is unavailable. Hours of operation are determined by the length of time the regular doctor is absent from their town.

The STAH program services the following towns:

• Boggabri
• Barraba
• Bingara
• Emmaville
• Manilla
• Murrurundi
• Quirindi
• Walcha
• Warialda
• Wee Waa

Health care advice is available 24/7 over the phone

  1800 022 222

Healthdirect provides trusted health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services are funded by the federal, state and territory governments.

Need to find a GP or pharmacy that is open after hours?

The National Health Services Directory allows consumers to easily search for the closest doctor, pharmacy or other health services that are open now, including after hours. This service is provided by Healthdirect.

Looking to access health care services over the holiday period?

The PHN provides funding to a range of organisations that manage and deliver after hours services including GP Clinics, GP and Nurse led telephone services in regional, remote and rural areas of the Hunter New England Central Coast Region.

Click here for more details

Looking for After Hours Palliative Care?

NSW patients receiving palliative care, their carers and families, have access to a new service for additional advice and support during the after hours period.



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