The Australia Government has opened a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) in Jamisontown, Western Sydney, providing fully bulk-billed urgent care services to locals.

The clinic operates extended hours, seven days a week, staffed by doctors and nurses. It aims to alleviate pressure on Nepean Hospital’s emergency department.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Hon Mark Butler MP said: “The Penrith Medicare UCC will make a big difference to patients in the region, who will be able to walk in during extended hours and receive urgent care bulk billed from a nurse or doctor.

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

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

This initiative is said to be the part of the government’s commitment to offer accessible urgent treatment, easing the burden on hospitals.

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The Penrith Medicare UCC is one of 14 such clinics being established in New South Wales in Albury, Batemans Bay, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Cessnock, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Lismore, Randwick, Tamworth, Westmead, Wollongong and Wyong.

Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman MP said: “The Penrith UCC will offer high-quality care for people who need to see a medical professional for a health issue that is urgent but not life-threatening, such as minor wounds or burns, fractures and infections, injuries that require stitches, and access to X-rays.

“This is another example of the Albanese Government delivering to make it easier to see a doctor in New South Wales.”