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Local GPs extend opening hours to support communities impacted by the bushfires

In response to the North Coast bushfires, Maclean’s Union Street Family Practice has been offering extended hours for extra appointments.

Union Street Family Practice recognises that many people may have been affected by the bushfires, or may have missed their regular GP check-ups, and have been offering extra appointments over recent weeks. This community support continues today and tomorrow (December 11th and 12th), with appointments up to 8pm. 

Even days and weeks later, the bushfire smoke that has blanketed our region can cause or aggravate a variety of health problems including existing lung conditions like chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

It is also normal for people to feel emotionally distressed or anxious after bushfires. If this is the case, your GP can help.

Union Street Family Practice’s extended service is available to all members of the community, including those who may have missed appointments due to concerns about the fires and the smoky conditions. 

Make you and your family’s health a priority. Take advantage of these extended hours by calling (02) 6645 2255 to make an appointment. 

For those feeling depressed or anxious after the bushfires, additional support is also available through the Connect to Wellbeing service, which offers a single point of entry for a range of psychological services – telephone 1300 160 339.

For immediate support contact:

24hr Mental Health Line — 1800 011 511 

Lifeline — 13 11 14 

Beyond Blue — 1300 22 4636 

For children under 12 years: Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800 

In an emergency, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.