The Call The Doctor service is a home visiting doctor service that treats all kinds of patients, with all kinds of injuries and illnesses when you are unable to get to your regular GP. It may be after work, or late at night, or on the weekend. It could be your children, your family or a friend. Any time that your regular General Practitioner’s office is closed, and you urgently need to see a doctor we are here 1300 64 04 71.
There is a specific need for after hours medical care services that help keep people out of Emergency rooms when they do not require to be there. However, this service should not be seen as a replacement for your regular GP. Many patients don’t realise the importance and the real benefits of having a regular doctor whom they see over a number of years, and sometimes even a lifetime.
Here are just a few of the reasons why it is so important to have your own GP:
A Doctor who knows you
By seeing a regular GP, it means they can get to know you. When a regular doctor treats you and your family they know your medical history.
Your Doctor Is An expert on general health care
a regular GP is well positioned to help you with the many physical and mental symptoms that can arise throughout your life.
Expert advice on preventative health
Your GP is a major resource in giving advice for preventive actions to ensure you can live a healthy lifestyle – not just there to cure coughs and colds.
Your GP is the main person responsible for coordinating your care if your condition requires involvement of other health professionals. This could be a referral to a medical specialist, or allied health professionals such as a psychologist or podiatrist.
Management of chronic conditions
Your GP has the wealth of knowledge to best manage chronic medical conditions. GPs can also complete a Health Care Management Plan for many chronic conditions.