Triple zero callers can be referred direct to after-hours GP service

Patients with minor health problems will be transferred directly

Patients who call triple zero in SA could now be seen by an after-hours GP, following a deal with the country’s largest medical deputising service.

paramedics and ambulance in emergency

SA Ambulance Service says patients calling with minor health problems will be transferred directly to the National Home Doctor Service, in a move it says will free up 430 ambulances a year.

Most referrals would be made by the person answering the triple zero call, after advice from a paramedic who would review cases remotely.

The arrangement, introduced last week, is

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