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Mobile after-hours medical service for lower mountains.



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Kerry Bartlett MP The Federal Member for Macquarie

4/186 Macquarie Road, PO Box 376 Springwood NSW 2777 Ph: 4751 7494 Fax: 4751 7495 www.kerrybartlett.com kerry.bartlett.mp@aph.gov.au

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Mobile after-hours medical service for lower mountains

Federal Member for Macquarie, Kerry Bartlett, has welcomed the announcement that the Australian Government will provide up to $600,000 over three years for a new mobile after-hours medical service in the Greater Western Sydney region, including the Lower Blue Mountains.

“The service, operated by Family Care Medical Services (FCMS), will make after-hours house calls available for the first time in much of the Lower Blue Mountains. It will operate overnight and at all other times outside business

hours, including public holidays,” said Mr Bartlett

“After-hours calls to GP practices which subscribe to the service will be switched through to a call centre which will assess patients’ needs. They will then be referred to either an ambulance service or to this new service where a doctor on duty will visit the patient’s home,” said Mr Bartlett.

“This service will enable parents with sick children to call a doctor to come to the home instead of taking sick children out at night. It will enable Nursing Home residents and the house-bound to have the services of a doctor at night when required. We all know that illness doesn’t only strike during normal business hours. This will make life a lot easier for those who need medical attention after hours,” said Mr Bartlett.

FCMS has long experience providing medical deputising services in south-eastern Queensland and in northern Sydney.

“The FCMS service will cover Sydney’s north-western and western growth corridors, including Blaxland and the Great Western Highway. Funding will come from the Government’s Round the Clock Medicare initiative. Since 2005, more than 140 after-hours medical services around Australia have received grants of $62.5 million over five years,” said Mr Bartlett.

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Enquiries: 4751 7494 14 September 2007