New GP respiratory clinics (GPRCs) are now open in many locations across Melbourne as part of partnerships between Primary Health Networks, state and federal governments and local primary care providers.
GPRCs provide patients with any sort of respiratory issue the face-to-face care that can be difficult to get elsewhere at the moment. This includes asthma, hayfever, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, pneumonia, influenza, shortness of breath and COVID-like symptoms.
GPs and nurses at GPRCs can provide patients with a comprehensive respiratory assessment (including COVID-19 testing) and provide immediate support for them to manage their illness.
Services are available to people with or without a Medicare card, at no cost to the patient. Some clinics are open after hours and on weekends.
We encourage hospitals, and health services which do not have the capacity, infrastructure or adequate PPE to see patients with respiratory symptoms, to refer patients (including paediatric patients) to these clinics.
Posters are available to help you quickly access booking information.
For hospitals and health service staff
Visit nwmphn.org.au/gprcs for more information including a map of all GPRCs in metropolitan Melbourne.