02 March 2020
Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo residents are enjoying access to free health care at Canberra’s newest Walk-in Centre.
An average of 46 people a day sought treatment in the Weston Creek Walk-in Centre’s first four weeks of operation.
So far, Canberrans have received free treatment at the centre for a range of minor injuries and illnesses, including coughs and colds, cuts, burns, skin conditions, and muscle strains. People are making use of the centre from when it opens at 7.30am, until it closes at 10pm, meaning they’re getting treatment at a time that suits them.
The centre’s opening took the number of Walk-in Centres across the city to four, with the existing Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen sites also co-located with Community Health Centres. A fifth centre will open in Dickson in 2020.
Walk-in Centres provide FREE health care for minor injuries and illnesses. They are open every day from 7.30 am to 10.00 pm, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. No appointment is needed.
The centres are led by a team of highly skilled advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners with extensive experience in treating people with minor injuries and illnesses. There are no doctors at the clinics.
The staff provide free advice and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries including cold, flu, ear infections, sinusitis, tonsillitis, mild gastroenteritis, mastitis, conjunctivitis, cuts, bruises, abrasions, burns, strains, sprains, skin conditions, dental abscess, rashes and minor infections and wounds.
They also offer the following health services:
- removal of stitches and staples
- wound dressings
- tetanus injections
- x-ray referral for injuries below the knee and shoulder
- plastering/splinting for simple limb injuries
- emergency contraception
- ear wax removal
- chlamydia screening
- blood glucose test
- sick and carers certificates (not medical certificates) – see the Walk-in Centre frequently asked questions page for the difference between a sick certificate and a medical certificate.
They do not provide treatment for children under 2 years or age or for complex or chronic ongoing health conditions. They don’t refill prescriptions, and they don’t provide treatment following a motor vehicle accident or following an injury at work (due to worker’s compensation requirements).
The Weston Creek Walk-in Centre is at 24 Parkinson Street, Weston, and like the centres at Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen, is open every day, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, from 7.30am to 10pm.
More at walkincentre.act.gov.au
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