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New medicare UCCs emerge in Hobart, easing pressure on hospital services


Responding to the needs of Hobart residents, the Albanese Government has introduced two fully bulk billed Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs) in the region.

The first clinic, Your Hobart Doctor on Bathurst Street, is already operational, while the second Hobart Medicare UCC, managed by Ochre Medical Centre, is set to begin operations in September this year.

Designed to alleviate pressure on the Royal Hobart Hospital, the UCCs will remain open for extended hours, seven days a week. They are aimed at handling semi- and non-urgent medical conditions, which constitute over 40% of presentations at the Royal Hobart Hospital’s emergency department.

The clinics will be staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses, offering convenient and top-quality care without requiring prior appointments.

The launch of the Hobart Medicare UCCs follows the commencement of the Launceston Medicare UCC on 31 July. Plans are also in place to unveil the Northwest Medicare UCC by the end of 2023.

These initiatives align with the Albanese Government’s dedication to enhancing access to urgent medical treatment for Tasmanians while alleviating pressure on hospitals.

Collaborating closely with the Tasmanian Government and Primary Health Tasmania, the Albanese Government seeks to ensure that Hobart Medicare UCCs complement local health services and cater to the community’s needs.

Minister Butler said, “The Hobart Medicare UCCs will make a big difference to patients, and enable families to walk in and receive convenient, high-quality care from a nurse or a doctor.

“The Hobart Medicare UCCs are just another way the Government is strengthening Medicare and making it easier to see a doctor.”

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Ritchelle is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel, Australia’s premier resource of information for healthcare.


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