The best walk-in clinics in Canberra

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Walk-in clinics are a fantastic community service that helps people get one-off treatment for minor illnesses and injuries free-of-charge. There are no doctors at walk-in centres. Instead, patients seek advice, assessment, and treatment from experienced registered nurses.

What’s more, these centres don’t take appointments. It’s a first-in, first-served system. Because of this, wait times differ throughout the day. If you need emergency care, call 000, or visit your nearest hospital.

The dedicated teams that operate the region’s walk-in clinics can assist with things like the common cold, strains and sprains, emergency contraception, minor cuts, and other non-serious injuries. Please note that walk-in centres do not treat children under two years old.

We asked Canberra locals to share their go-to walk-in clinics, and now, the results are in. Keep reading to discover the top three clinics in Canberra and surrounding suburbs.

What makes a trustworthy walk-in centre?

When it comes to your health – or the health of your loved ones – you only want the very best service. We suggest keeping an eye out for the following must-have traits:

  • Well-staffed. The more staff at a walk-in centre, the sooner you can be attended to. If time is a concern, keep this trait front-of-mind.
  • State-of-the-art tools and equipment. Just because the services at walk-in centres are free, you should still expect expert assessment and treatment performed using the highest quality medical equipment.
  • Clean and comfortable. This goes for both the waiting room and the treatment rooms. When it comes to health, cleanliness is always a top priority.
  • Conveniently located. Often, the best walk-in clinic is the one closest to your home or workplace. That way, you can get the treatment you need fast.

The top walk-in centres in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

If you are looking for a trusted walk-in centre in the Canberra area, check out the following three.

Belconnen Walk-in Centre

The trusted Belconnen Walk-in Centre is open every day of the year – including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – between 7.30 am and 10 pm. Their dedicated team of medical professionals treats a wide array of minor injuries, ailments, and sicknesses, including the flu, small cuts, bruises, rashes, and more. Like all walk-in centres, the staff provide their services free-of-charge.

Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre

Our final recommendation is the Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre. Open between 7.30am and 10 pm every single day of the year – including Christmas Day– the Tuggeranong Walk-in Centre is a fantastic first point of call for minor sicknesses and injuries. Alongside the standard healthcare services, they also offer treatment for urinary tract infections, mastitis, and small limb fractures. If you need emergency contraception, they can help with that, too.

Gungahlin Walk-in Centre

If your home or office is located in Gungahlin, make the Gungahlin Walk-in Centre your go-to. Open 365 days a year from 7.30 am to 10 pm, this free medical centre delivers high-quality treatments for a whole range of non-severe medical conditions. Come in to relieve flu symptoms, get stitches removed, or to have a sprain examined. Please do note that, like all walk-in centres, children under the age of two will not be seen to. Instead, seek medical assistance in a general practice or hospital.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Walk-in centres are a fantastic way to get the medical support you need, fast. Which is your go-to walk-in centre? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments area below.

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