Are you looking for an after hours doctor in Melbourne? It’s often the way that you or your loved ones become unwell outside of standard business hours and an after hours doctor needs to be considered.
This page is designed to help you navigate what the best option is for you if you need an after hours doctor in Melbourne.
If you or someone in your care is extremely unwell and needs urgent medical attention, you should call 000 immediately.
While we are based in South Melbourne, on Saturdays we provide all of our appointments via telehealth services. This makes it very easy for you to access an appointment from your own home, your holiday, or if you are out and about.
Saturday Telehealth appointments can be booked here
Can it wait until morning?
Depending on the nature of the illness or injury, you might be able to wait until the morning. If you simply require an appointment with a GP very soon, you can book with one of our fully qualified FRACGP doctors.
I can’t wait, I need to see a doctor now.
If you need urgent medical assistance, you should call 000 or consider attending your local emergency department.
The emergency department is best for issues that require quick and urgent care.
You may require quick and urgent care if you have any of the following signs and symptoms, and you should call 000 immediately or visit the emergency department of your nearest hospital:
- Pain or tightness in your chest
- Any sudden weakness, numbness, or paralysis in your face, arm, or leg
- If you have any trouble breathing
- If the patient is unconscious
- Any sudden, unexpected or unexplained fall
- If there has been an episode of fits
- Severe burns.
In addition to these items, if your child shows any of the following concerns, you should attend your local emergency department:
- Short of breath
- Has become lethargic or drowsy for no reason
- Is unable to interact properly with you
- Has stopped taking fluids and is becoming dehydrated
- Any fits
- Ongoing fever over 38 degrees that is not reducing with standard medications
Where is my nearest Melbourne emergency department?
Melbourne Emergency Departments are located at:
Royal Children’s Hospital – Flemington
- Emergency departments are located at Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, and Casey Hospital.
Public Emergency Hospitals:
Private Emergency Departments in Melbourne
A private emergency department will require you to pay a fee to see one of their emergency doctors.
John Fawkner Private Hospital – includes paediatrics
Epworth – includes paediatrics
How long will I have to wait in the emergency department?
Emergency rooms use a triage system to decide when patients are treated.
A triage system operates by assessing each patient upon their arrival to the hospital and determining which patient needs the most urgent care. For this reason, if you are not needing urgent care, you may have to wait before seeing a health professional.
It’s not an emergency but I’d like to see a doctor after hours in Melbourne.
If it is not an emergency, you could consider calling an after-hours doctor service.
In Melbourne, you can see a doctor after hours via DoctorDoctor: DoctorDoctor provides out of hours doctor appointments in Melbourne and around Australia.
Book an after-hours appointment with Doctor Doctor.
Remember: If it’s an emergency – call 000 for urgent medical attention anywhere in Australia.
Meet our Practitioners
At Albert Road General Practice our doctors all have FRACGP qualifications. You can read more about each of our doctors on the links below.