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GP Access After Hours will open for calls from 5.30pm this evening on 1300 130 147

• Ring the call centre on 1300 130 147 for phone medical advice and for appointments at the clinics

• Clinics will be open at Maitland Hospital, John Hunter Hospital, Calvary Mater Hospital, Belmont Hospital and Toronto Polyclinic

Over the last 10 years, GP Access After Hours (GPAAH), together with almost 250 local GPs have delivered after hours care for the Newcastle and Hunter community.

The service, with generous support from the Department of Health and Hunter New England Local Health District, has established a highly efficient network to support patients needing care in the after hours period, where access to GPs can be challenging. This network includes an industry leading Patient Streaming Service which is housed right here in Newcastle and is staffed by specially trained and highly experienced people who carefully assess the health needs of each caller.