There is more than one place to go when you need medical attention after hours. The following 3 options will help you decide which relates best to your situation.


1. Advice

Seek medical advice when:

  • you are not sure if you need to see a health professional right away
  • you need support and are not sure what to do in your situation
  • you would like reassurance or practical medical advice

There are a number of 24 hour phone services for a range of needs:


2. Medical attention

Seek urgent medical attention when your illness or injury can’t wait until the morning, but it isn’t an emergency

First consider calling your usual doctor to find out if they offer an after hours service. Most clinics will have a message on their answering machine to advise of their after hours arrangements.

List of clinics who operate extended opening hours

Search here >

Some examples when you might visit an after hours clinic include:

  • Minor injuries (cuts, wounds, muscles, joints)
  • Sprain or strain
  • Seasonal or respiratory illness (eg asthma)
  • Treatment of open wounds
  • Fever or rash
  • Removal of foreign objects and splinters
  • Bite or sting
  • Suspected infection (respiratory, skin, intestinal etc)
  • Emergency contraception device


3. Emergency

Seek emergency care for severe symptoms which require immediate attentions such as:

  • Persistent or severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding
  • Loss of consciousness
In the event of an emergency, call 000 for an ambulance.
emergency departments

Milton Ulladulla Hospital >
Princess Highway, Milton
(02) 4455 1333 

Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital >
Shoalhaven Street, Nowra
(02) 4421 3111