Northern suburbs residents are turning to Barwon Health North’s Urgent Care Centre for treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, as well as x-ray and medical imaging. The new facility, located on the corner of Cox Road and Princes Highway, opened in late January and is a walk-in service for people with minor illnesses and injuries.
The Urgent Care Centre is staffed by highly-skilled nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical imaging staff and patient services assistants.
Nurse practitioners can examine, diagnose illnesses/injuries, treat wounds including sutures, plaster, prescribe medication/treatment and make referrals. Nurse practitioners have a direct video link to doctors at University Hospital Geelong’s Emergency Department.
Barwon Health North’s Urgent Care Centre is open seven days, 2pm to 10pm, including x-ray and medical imaging. More services including child and family, healthy at home and adult and paediatric specialist clinics will open in the coming months.
Bell Park mother Tiana Dawes used Barwon Health North’s walk-in service for a quick result after their two-year-old son Ollie swallowed a coin.
Tiana called her mother in a panic after Ollie lodged a 10-cent coin in his throat, anticipating spending hours waiting at the Emergency Department as a less urgent patient.
“I was about to head into town, but Mum told me Barwon Health North was open and it was closer,” she said.
“We came here and by that time he had swallowed the coin. It was two days before he was due for a tonsillectomy, so that was my main concern. The facility is excellent and the staff were great. They made us feel welcome and took us straight through.
“The staff observed his breathing while he had a bit of a run around and play, and made sure he was OK before they sent us home with the all-clear.”
For more information about Barwon Health North go to www.barwonhealthnorth.org.au or phone 4215-8000.