You are cutting an avocado for dinner and you accidentally slice your finger. It is Friday night and you have just started stomach cramps and vomiting after eating out. Your child wakes up on Saturday morning with a pink eye with a discharge. Or you have a flare up of gout and have run out of medications on a long weekend.
Acute illnesses, injuries and flare up of existing conditions can occur at any time. It is most inconvenient when it occurs during the night or the weekend when primary medical service facilities, such as your local After Hours GP may not be available. Herein this article, we explore medical emergencies where to seek medical help when it is not an emergency.
What is a Life-Threatening Medical Emergency?
A medical emergency is a life-threatening event that can potentially lead to fatality if timely medical treatment is not accessed. If you or your family members are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 000.
Medical emergencies can occur spontaneously as a result of systemic body mechanisms or external influencers such as a road or work accident, electrocution, or fire burns. Some population groups are pre-disposed to a higher risk for developing life-threatening illnesses. These include people who are pregnant, disabled, immune-compromised, chronically ill, and frail aged. The most common medical emergencies requiring hospitalisation are below;
- Severe Burns & Scalds
- Chest Pain/Cardiac Arrest
- Major Cuts or Fractures
- Severe Dehydration
- Venomous Bites/Stings
- Lung Obstruction
- or Choking
- Eye Trauma
- Severe Vomiting & Diarrhoea
- Severe Asthma and Shortness of Breath
Judgement of symptoms indicative of a life-threatening medical emergency can vary from person-to-person. It is important that you speak or consult with a medical professional for advice. HealthDirect is a useful resource in such circumstances where a Nurse can speak and advise you on the symptoms. Call 1800 022 222 or visiting www.HealthDirect.gov.au for more information.
Urgent Care Resources in Australia
Local GP Clinic
Your local GP clinic can assist with most urgent and non-urgent medical illnesses or injuries. There are several practices that are open during after-hours for the convenience of patients. A list of urgent clinics can be accessed via the National Health Services Directory (NHSD).
Healthdirect Australia is a 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by registered nurses to provide fast and simple expert advice on any health issue and what to do next.
Healthdirect Australia can be used when:
- someone is sick and you’re not sure what to do
- you want expert advice about a health issue and what to do next
- you need to know where to find after-hours health services or pharmacies
After Hours Medical Deputising Services
After hours medical deputising services provide urgent at home doctor visits for the community. 1300 Dr To Me is an RACGP accredited after-hours home doctor visiting service that operates in Perth, Bunbury & Busselton. Our after-hours GP can assist you with diagnosis, treatment and timely access to medical care during after-hours time. Dial 1300 Dr To Me (1300 378 663) for a local doctor to your home in perth. For more information on our services, visit our website 1300 Dr To Me – After Hours Home Doctor.
Other providers of after-hours medical deputising services include Dial A Doctor, National Home Doctor Service, DoctorDoctor, Night Doctor, Perth After Hours Medical Services, and Get Better Doctors.
Disclaimer: 1300 Dr To Me provides free health information blogs for the community to increase awareness on health & medical topics. The information in this article is educative and does not constitute diagnosis. Please call 000 if you or your family member is experiencing a life-threatening emergency.