If you need medical attention to non-life threatening or minor illness or injury, a new clinic in Fairy Street has just opened up.
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Warrnambool has a new Priority Primary Care Centre, which is replacing the respiratory clinic at 133 Fairy Street.
What is a Priority Primary Care Centre? A PPCC provides free urgent medical treatment, for non-life threatening or minor illness and injuries.
The medical staff at the PPCC can treat conditions such as cuts requiring stitches, sprains, minor burns, rashes, ear nose and throat infections, other infections and gastroenteritis, fever pain when urinating, suspected fractures and sprains back and muscle pain minor cuts, insect or animal bites, heartburn, vomiting, nausea, headaches, migraines and brief fainting or fitting, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, allergies and rashes, mild-to-moderate asthma attacks, coughs and other respiratory symptoms.
The PPCC officially opened yesterday. They are currently taking patients on a walk-in basis and are open Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm, and Sat-Sun 9 am - 5pm.
So how does this change our ED? When you attend our ED with a minor illness or injury, you will now have three options to receive care:
1. You can wait in our waiting room, according to your triage wait time.
2. You can use our facilities to call the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (or call them from home)
3. You can attend the Warrnambool Priority Primary Care Centre (our triage nurse can also let you know if they think this is an appropriate course of action for you).
Is the clinic at 133 Fairy St still a respiratory clinic? No it is not. if you have tested positive to COVID-19, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or visit the Victorian Government website Can I go to the PPCC instead of seeing my GP? The Warrnambool PPCC is an urgent care centre which provides free medical treatment for injuries and illnesses. It is not a GP service. If you require a normal GP consultation please contact your regular family doctor.
For an emergency or life-threatening condition, please continue to call 000.