After-hours doctors kept busy with Games rush on the Gold Coast

After hours doctors are being kept busy with an influx of visitors on the Gold Coast for the Games.

In the past week, 900 patients have sought help from the House Call Doctor service, which offers doctor visits to homes and hotels across the Coast at night and on weekends.

House Call Doctor Chief Operating Officer Craig Glover said with such a large number of visitors in the city, there was a risk clinics and hospitals could become overcrowded.


“We need to ensure people aren’t flocking to hospital Emergency Departments for non-life-threatening illnesses,” Mr Glover said.

“In the past week, we treated people of all ages for a range of symptoms, including flu, arthritis, vomiting and tonsillitis. They’re the type of conditions that require urgent care but not hospital treatment.

“We have extra doctors rostered across the Gold Coast during the Games period and they’re visiting locals in their homes as well as visitors in hotels and other accommodation houses.

“It’s a service we provide all year round but with the huge influx of people our service is in even greater demand.”

House Call Doctor is a 100 per cent bulk-billed after-hours medical service, operating in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Residents and visitors to the Gold Coast can find Gold Coast Health Care Service Providers as well as after hours and extended hours Doctors via the Gold Coast Primary Health Network Directory.