Urgent and emergency care options
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Getting the right care for your needs
If you, or someone else, are experiencing a serious and life-threatening injury or illness call 000 immediately or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
If the injury or illness is not serious and life-threatening there are other health services available in Tasmania.
This page provides an overview of these services, including those available after hours.
Healthdirect provides free trusted health information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Healthdirect's free helpline is staffed by registered nurses who can provide advice when you're not sure what to do. If needed after hours, you will be offered a call-back from a Tasmanian GP.
Healthdirect maternal child health nurses
Pregnancy, birth and baby is operated by HealthDirect and available from 7am to midnight (AET), 7 days a week (including public holidays). You can contact the Pregnancy, birth and baby on 1300 882 432 or video call to speak to a maternal child health nurse.
General Practitioners (GPs)
Your regular GP is usually the first person you go to if you have a health issue. If you need urgent care after hours, some GPs offer extended opening hours in the evenings and on weekends.
Pharmacists can provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, such as coughs and colds. Some pharmacies are open late, on weekends and public holidays.
Tasmanian Afterhours Advice Line
The Tasmanian Afterhours Advice Line offers expert pharmacist advice and support when local pharmacies are closed. You can contact the Tasmanian Afterhours Advice Line on 1300 742 769 from 6pm to midnight, 7 days a week.
Mental health care and support
- immediate counselling support over the phone
- information about the Tasmanian mental health system
- help making a referral to public mental health services.
Emergency Departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
If you or your loved one are experiencing a serious and life-threatening injury or illness, call 000 immediately or go to the nearest Emergency Department.