Since BabyThreepaws entered the world I have had cause to contact after hours health help lines on a few occasions. Mostly minor stuff, but of course almost always on a weekend and definitely after hours. Prior to having a baby I was only vaguely aware of these services, but thankfully the contact information was thrust upon me as a new parent.
BabyThreepaws vs coffee table resulted in a bleeding head last Sunday afternoon and I had a few options: call an ambulance; go to the emergency department; try and find a doctor nearby open on a Sunday afternoon; or call the health line and muddle my way through it.
The health line number was at hand and the over-the-phone triage was fantastic, and the after-care advice was exactly what I needed. If the phone service wasn’t available, it is very likely that the only way I could have sought this advice on a Sunday afternoon (and no, I don’t trust Dr Google) would have been by presenting at the emergency department.
Stick these numbers in your phone and keep the emergency room free of new parents! Health First 62077777* and the HealthDirect after hours GP helpline 1800022222*
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*I suspect these two numbers are for the same service, but I never thought to ask when I have been on the phone to them.