The Victorian Department of Health has announced that 25 Priority Primary Care Centres (PPCCs) will be established in partnership with General Practitioners (GPs) in Victoria.
What are PPCCs?
The PPCC initiative aims to reduce demand on hospital emergency departments by providing a primary care service for urgent conditions that do not require an emergency response. PPCCs are GP-led services that increase access to primary care and provide care for people with conditions such as mild infections, fractures and burns.
PPCCs may be stand-alone clinics or operate as part of a GP clinic or community health service. The Centres will be open for extended hours (up to 16 hours per day), 7 days a week and free for people of all ages (with and without a Medicare card).
The clinics are supporting nearby hospital emergency departments by providing GP-led care for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions such as mild infections, fractures and burns. They also offer pathology and imaging services onsite or nearby.
Care is be available to anyone with or without a Medicare card, at no cost to the patient. (Costs may be required for imaging, pathology and other services.)
PPCCs in south eastern Melbourne
The first four PPCCs in our region are now open:
Narre Warren PPCC (supporting Casey Hospital) ForHealth Narregate Medical & Dental Centre 60 Victor Cres, Narre Warren Phone bookings: (03)9771 2020 Online bookings: narregatemedicalcentre.com.au/priority-primary-care-centre
Dandenong PPCC (supporting Dandenong Hospital) Greens Medical Group (Keys Medical) 1/134 Logis Blvd, Dandenong South Phone bookings: (03) 9579 7933 Online bookings: greensmedicalgroup.com.au/dandenong-priority-primary-care-centre
PPCCs are commissioned by primary health networks with funding from the Victorian Government.