A provider for the Broome Urgent Care Clinic has been finalised with the facility to open in late December, easing pressure on the town’s strained health services. Kimberley Medical Group will be established as the Broome Medicare UCC and is expected to start seeing patients on December 28. The urgent care clinic will be open seven days a week and offer walk-in care that is bulk-billed, taking pressure off Broome Hospital, where more than 70 per cent of presentations are for non-urgent or semi-urgent care. Federal Health Minister Mark Butler said the UCC would make a big difference to patients in the greater Broome area. “This clinic will ease pressure on the Broome Hospital, allowing them to concentrate on higher-priority emergencies,” he said. WA Senator Glenn Sterle said the new facility would help families get medical care without having to wait inordinate amounts of time. “The Broome Medicare UCC will mean people in this community who need urgent but not acute care can get it quickly,” he said. “I know many families who have had to wait long hours at the emergency department for non-life-threatening issues. “This Medicare UCC will ease pressure on local EDs and be much more convenient for our communities — closer to home, at short notice, and bulk-billed under Medicare.” The clinic will also include telehealth services, enabling patients to be seen by GPs offsite when needed. The Broome clinic joins the seven other UCCs in WA, in Beeliar, Bunbury, Clarkson, Midland, Perth City and Rockingham.