Choose well, when you're worried sick

Prepare to choose well, when you’re worried sick

When your child is sick, you’ll move mountains to get them the best care. As an adult, you also want to make sure you are getting the right care in the right place at the right time. Thinking about what you might do and preparing NOW can help you cope better with likely medical situations.

Plan ahead checklist

  • Ask your GP about an after-hours service or find your closest after-hours GP.
  • Ask your GP about setting up your digital My Health Record, it’s particularly important in an emergency.
  • Find out the location of your nearest emergency department and practice getting there.
  • If you will need someone to look after children or dependants, have their phone number handy.
  • If you will need a translator, have their phone number handy.
  • Take the following with you to the emergency department:
    • Medicare Card (make sure it’s up to date)
    • Child’s Purple Book (WA Health Personal Record)
    • Medication packaging, x-rays, test results
    • Notes about your and your child’s medical conditions

Getting worried?

Not sure if you need to see a doctor or go to hospital? Get 24/7 advice from healthdirect’s Symptom Checker or a Registered Nurse. healthdirect Symptom Checker1800 022 222

Need to talk?

Don't think it's an emergency, but it could be serious? The healthdirect 24/7 helpline is staffed by registered nurses who can provide expert health advice. Call 1800 022 222

Need to see a GP?

If you need to see a doctor, your own GP or another GP in their practice is the best option. If they aren't available or it's after hours, you can locate a GP using the National Health Services Directory. Find a GP

Urgency not emergency?

Not all urgencies are emergencies, but if it can’t wait until the next day, book an appointment with a GP Urgent Care Clinic doctor. Book a GP Urgent Care appointment now.

Emergency 000

For serious illness or injury that is critical and requires urgent attention, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance or go to your nearest emergency department. Call 000