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GP or Dentist

GP or Dentist

In situations that are not an emergency, a General Practitioner (GP) may be the best person to provide you with the right care. GPs are also able to provide flu vaccination, which can help reduce the risk of getting the flu, especially during winter.

Consider a General Practitioner (GP) for conditions such as:
  • Ear pain
  • Flu
  • Gastro
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Persistent headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sprained ankle
If the GP thinks a higher level of treatment is needed they will recommend an Emergency Department.

This section includes:
  • GP services
  • Find a GP
  • Do you need a dentist
  • Babies, children and the elderly
  • Check your symptoms
This information is a guide only and is not intended to be individual medical advice and should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified doctor or other health care professional. If your symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP or pharmacy. In an emergency, you should always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

GP services

GPs provide a range of services, including:
  • Diagnosis and treatment of medical problems
  • Chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes
  • Treatment of minor injuries
  • Prescriptions for medicines
  • Preventative immunisations
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Contraceptive and sexual health advice
  • Mental Health Treatment Plans
  • General health advice
  • Advice and guidance on healthy lifestyle choices
  • Referrals to other health and social services.

If the GP thinks a higher level of treatment is needed they will recommend an Emergency Department.
GPs can develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan to manage mental health conditions. For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week. Other mental health services may also be useful.

Find a GP service

If your regular GP is unavailable, consider seeing another GP. Many GPs are open after hours and on weekends and some offer bulk billing, which means services can be provided at no cost.

To find a local GP, including those that bulk bill or are open after hours, visit the Healthdirect service finder* .or visit Adelaide PHN Adelaide After Hours service finder.

Other specialist health services may also be useful.

*Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

Do you need a dentist?

For toothaches or chipped teeth, a dentist can advise the best course of action. To find a local dentist, visit the Healthdirect service finder *.

SA Dental Service provides a range of dental services for eligible children and adults at clinics throughout South Australia.

* Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

Babies, children and the elderly

Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies, children and the elderly. If you are unsure or concerned, phone or visit a GP or go to the Emergency Department. Find out more about care for children and preventing illness.

Check your symptoms

You can check your symptoms and receive some guidance about what health care option is best for your situation using the Healthdirect symptom checker

Healthdirect
is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

Healthy living tips

Making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of getting sick and help your mind and body to function as well as possible in everyday life.

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Care for children

Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies and young children.

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Find a health service

Find a range of specialist services or use the Healthdirect service finder.

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