After-hours healthcare for the residents of Strathalbyn and the surrounding area has been restored with a new nurse-led clinic opening next week.
The Strathalbyn clinic will open its doors on Monday, 25 September to provide the local community with timely access to urgent, non-emergency care close to home.
Patients will need to book an appointment at the new service, which operates Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm, and 10am-4pm on weekends, excluding public holidays.
After the Strathalbyn Emergency Department was shut in early 2020 amid the pandemic, there has been no service in the region available to local and nearby communities.
As a result the State Government established a working group to determine a viable solution for after-hours healthcare in the region, with the nurse-led clinic proposed.
A similar service opened at Gumeracha and Districts Soldiers Memorial Hospital in May.
Medical support for the service will be available using virtual technology from the Mount Barker Priority Care Centre or the SA Virtual Care Service, which is staffed by doctors. Video links are available for cases where a doctor needs to do a visual assessment.
Bookings can be made on the day by telephoning (08) 8536 5333 from 1pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am on weekends.