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Medicare: Urgent Care Clinic

The Australian Government is working with states and territories and Primary Health Networks to progressively establish 58 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (Medicare UCCs) before the end of 2023. Medicare UCCs are helping reduce the pressure on the hospital system and make it easier for Australians to see a doctor or nurse when they require urgent, but not life-threatening, care. Patients who need routine and non-urgent health care should see their local or regular GP.

Referral Information

Adelaide PHN is pleased to announce the following general practices as the providers of Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCC) services across three of the four locations in the Adelaide PHN region to June 2026:

  • Adelaide Central Location – Old Port Road Medical and Dental Centre (to be established as Western Medicare UCC)
  • Southern Adelaide Metropolitan Location – Marion Domain Medical and Dental Centre (to be established as Marion Medicare UCC)
  • Outer Northern Adelaide Metropolitan Location – Elizabeth Medical and Dental Centre (to be established as Elizabeth Medicare UCC)

The fourth Medicare UCC to be established in the outer southern suburbs is in contract negotiations with an announcement to be made soon.

The Medicare UCCs will be open extended hours, seven days a week and offer walk-in care that is fully bulk billed.

Medicare UCCs are expected to begin opening from October 2023, with all to be open by the end of the year.

  • Medicare Urgent Care Clinics make it easier for you to see a doctor for urgent, but not life-threatening, care.
  • They are bulk-billed and open extended hours, 7 days a week.
  • You don’t need an appointment or referral. You can walk in and wait to be seen.
  • Medicare UCCs are staffed by highly qualified doctors and nurses.
  • Find the details of a Medicare UCC near you by visiting health.gov.au/MedicareUCC
  • Medicare UCCs provide timely high-quality care, so you don’t have to wait long hours in a hospital emergency department.
  • Visit a Medicare UCC near you for urgent conditions, including: o minor illnesses or infections, including respiratory illness, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections (UTI) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) o minor injuries, including injured limbs and minor fractures o cuts and minor burns.
  • Urgent care is when you need medical attention for an illness or injury that can be managed without a trip to the emergency department but cannot wait for a regular appointment with a GP.
  • Do not visit a Medicare UCC for emergency care. In an emergency always call triple zero (000) or go straight to your closest emergency department.
  • Your local GP should be your first point of contact for routine and preventative health care. Some GPs also offer same day appointments.
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