A new Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) has opened at Rooty Hill Medical and Dental Centre in New South Wales, providing fully bulk billed urgent care services to the residents of Rooty Hill and nearby areas.

The clinic will operate extended hours, seven days a week, without requiring patients to make appointments.

Opened to the public on 7 August, the new Medicare UCC is expected to alleviate pressure on local hospitals.

Minister Hon Mark Butler MP said: “The Medicare Urgent Care Clinic at Rooty Hill Medical and Dental Centre will ensure locals can get urgent health care closer to home when they need it, without having to go to the very busy Mount Druitt and Blacktown hospital emergency department.

“We’ve worked closely with the New South Wales Government and Western Sydney Primary Health Network to ensure the Medicare UCCs align with local health services and the needs of communities across the state.

“This Medicare UCC is just another way the government is strengthening Medicare and making it easier to see a doctor.”

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This UCC is part of a network of 14 clinics in New South Wales that aim to address semi- and non-urgent medical conditions and reduce the burden on hospital emergency units.

Member for Chifley Ed Husic said: “I’ve heard the community concerns about difficulties in accessing urgent medical care.

“This new Medicare Urgent Care Clinic will give our community members access to critical care at short notice.

“This clinic will take pressure off the Mount Druitt and Blacktown hospital emergency departments, freeing up hospital doctors and nurses to deal with only the most serious cases.

“The Albanese government is delivering for Australians and strengthening our Medicare services.”