Need an after-hours doctor in Melbourne? Instant Consult connects you with a fully qualified Australian-registered doctor from 6 AM to midnight AEST (7 AM – 1 AM during daylight savings hours), seven days a week, including public holidays, to provide you with the urgent care you need when you need it most.
Reliable After-Hours Medical Care Anywhere in Victoria
Imagine it’s late at night, and your regular GP clinic is closed. You need medical advice, maybe for a sudden fever or an unexpected rash. This is where our after-hours services step in. Our after-hours doctors are here to give you peace of mind when your regular doctor can’t.
At Instant Consult, we offer you a direct line to after-hours doctors across Melbourne and the wider Victoria region. Our doctors are available between 6 AM to midnight AEST, seven days a week. No more worrying about finding a medical centre open late or during public holidays. Our service is designed to fit your schedule because we know that health concerns don’t stick to business hours. It’s healthcare on your terms, in the comfort of your own home.
Connect with us online, and within minutes, you’ll be speaking to an Australian-registered and AHPRA-accredited health professional. Our team of general practitioners (GPs) provide consultations, medical advice, prescriptions, and referrals when you need them most. Whether it’s a concern about vaccinations or managing a sudden flare-up of allergies, our team is ready to assist.
Finding reliable after-hours medical care in Victoria can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re in Melbourne, a remote corner of Victoria or anywhere in Australia including Hobart, Instant Consult is here to provide you with the medical care you need when you need it most.
How to Connect with an After-Hours Doctor in Melbourne
- Book Online Consultation. Download the Instant Consult app and sign up for an account. Click on the “Request a Consult” button and follow the prompts. The first available doctor will connect with you within 15 minutes.
- Chat With Your Doctor: Tell your doctor your symptoms, medical history, the medications you’re taking and any other information they might need to assess your medical needs.
- Receive Advice and Care: After your telehealth consultation, your doctor will give you medical medical advice based on the information you provided. If deemed necessary, they may also provide you with prescriptions, specialist referrals, and lab test requests.
What Can Instant Consult After Hours GP Do?
Our AHPRA-accredited team of after-hours general practice doctors provides a wide range of medical services to patients across Melbourne, the wider Victoria region, and anywhere in Australia.
- Medical Consultations: Our doctors specialise in a wide range of illnesses and medical conditions. They can give you medical advice on conditions that don’t require face-to-face consultations, like colds, flu, and minor infections, without having to visit a medical clinic or the emergency department.
- Prescriptions: Get prescriptions for necessary medications, whether it’s late at night, on weekends, or on public holidays. You can have an electronic prescription sent directly to your email or phone. Simply present the QR code issued to any pharmacy in Australia and have your medication dispensed on the spot.
- Medical Certificates: Obtain medical certificates if you’re unable to attend work or school due to illness. Instant Consult medical certificates are issued by fully qualified Australian-registered doctors, so they’re valid all over the country.
- Specialist Referrals: If deemed necessary, our doctors can provide you with specialist referrals right from your own home, at your own hours.
- Pathology Requests: Have pathology requests sent directly to you for tests that can be conducted at a suitable time. No need for your regular GP clinic to open or queue up at the hospital emergency department.
- Radiology Referrals: Get referrals for X-rays, ultrasounds, or other imaging services required for your diagnosis, wherever you are in Melbourne or Australia.
Instant access to chat with a doctor with a comprehensive range of services
With Instant Consult, you can chat with a doctor and get help for a wide range of medical requests, all from the comfort of your home!
Are you too ill to come into work and need to give your boss a medical certificate? With Instant Consult you can chat with a doctor and get a medical certificate sent directly to your app’s inbox, all without getting out of bed!
If you need a new prescription or need to update an ongoing one then you can use our app to instantly chat to a doctor who can prepare your prescription promptly!
If you have a medical condition that needs treatment from a specialist, one of our GP’s can send a digital referral straight to your app’s inbox.
If you need a blood cell count or to check for STDs/STIs or need any other kind of bloodwork you can easily get a pathology request sent to your inbox by any of our fully licensed online GPs. You can then take the request to the clinic of your choice.
If you require any special kind of diagnostic imaging such as a CAT scan or an MRI you can get a request from one of our online GPs which you can then take to your preferred provider.
When to Choose an After-Hours Doctor Over the Hospital Emergency Department
If you are experiencing severe symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, or have a serious injury, you should go straight to your nearest hospital’s emergency department or call emergency services. You should only consider an after-hours GP for:
- Non-Life-Threatening Conditions: If your condition is urgent but not life-threatening, our after-hours doctor can provide the care you need. This includes minor injuries, infections, rashes, or illnesses that require urgent medical attention but are not emergencies.
- Non-Physical Examination: While telehealth consultations are a great alternative to traditional face-to-face consultations, it has its limitations. If you need a physical examination to fully assess your condition, you should opt for the emergency department.
- After-Hours Prescriptions: If you need a prescription refill or a new prescription after regular clinic hours, our after-hours GP can assist you without the need for an emergency department visit.
- Intermediary Care: For ongoing treatment or chronic conditions, our after-hours GP can offer intermediary care when your regular GP is unavailable.
- Convenience and Comfort: If you prefer to receive medical care in the comfort of your own home, an after-hours doctor is ideal. Instant Consult allows you to book online and have a consultation without having to travel.
- Avoiding Hospital Wait Times: Hospital emergency departments prioritise patients based on the severity of their condition. If your situation is less urgent, you might face long wait times. Our after-hours doctor can see you sooner, providing you with the medical care you need when you need it most.
- Medical Certificates: Should you require a medical certificate for work or school due to a sudden illness, an after-hours doctor can provide this without the need for an emergency room visit.
- Cost-Effective Care: Visiting an emergency department can be expensive. If your condition doesn’t warrant emergency care, seeing our after-hours GP can be more cost-effective. All consultations with our doctors are also covered by Medicare and bulk-billed for patients under 12 months of age.
Why Choose Instant Consult for After-Hours GP in Melbourne?
Choosing Instant Consult’s after-hours service means you’re never without support when you need medical care. Here’s why it’s a smart choice:
- Round-the-clock Availability: We have doctors available from 6 AM to midnight AEST, seven days a week. This means that when your regular GP’s doors close, ours are open. You get medical care right when you need it, no waiting until morning.
- Convenience: Book online, see a doctor via video call, and get the help you need. All from your couch, in your PJs, if that’s where you are.
- Time Saver: Skip the drive and the waiting room. Our service is perfect for busy people and when you can’t afford to sit in a hospital waiting area for long hours.
- Transparent Pricing: All consultations are covered by Medicare and bulk-billed for patients under 12 months of age. If you have to pay for the consult yourself, our prices are also competitive and lower than most telehealth services. Check out our pricing page for more information.
- Healthcare on Your Terms: Late nights, weekends, public holidays – health issues don’t clock off, and neither do we.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Instant Consult and Priority Primary Care Centres (PPCC) both provide medical services beyond regular business hours.
PPCCs are physical locations that you can visit for urgent, non-life-threatening conditions. Consultations are done face-to-face, making them ideal for urgent care needs that require in-person attention.
On the other hand, Instant Consult offers telehealth consultations that connect patients with doctors via video call. This means you can get the medical care you need without travelling or queuing up in waiting rooms. It’s great for people who live far from a PPCC location with medical needs that can be addressed with an online consultation.
Instant Consultation is ideal for conditions that require urgent medical attention but can be addressed without the need for a physical consultation. Home visit doctors, on the other hand, are for when you need face-to-face consultations beyond your regular GP clinic hours.
To make sure you get the urgent care you need at the soonest possible time, Instant Consult connects you with the first available doctor. However, all our doctors are fully qualified, AHPRA-accredited, and thoroughly vetted, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest quality care you deserve even if you can’t choose your after-hours doctor.
Instant Consult’s after-hours services are designed to provide medical care when your regular GP is unavailable. It is not a replacement for regular check-ups. However, you can use it for interim consultations and for managing ongoing health issues that may need attention before your next scheduled check-up.
Absolutely! Our after-hours services are available to anyone in need of medical care outside of standard business hours, regardless of whether they have a regular GP.