Canterbury GP teams providing care around the clock
The Canterbury DHB is encouraging people to make their GP team their first call whenever they need health advice with winter on our doorstep.
Medical Officer of Health and part-time GP Dr Alistair Humphrey says people can phone their GP team any time of day or night.
“Even after-hours you can call your usual general practice number. A team of nurses is available to answer your call. The nurses provide free health advice, and if you need to be seen urgently by a doctor, they can tell you what to do and where to go,” says Dr Humphrey.
“If you save your general practice phone number in your mobile phone, that’s the only number you need to access health advice 24/7.”
Dr Humphrey says winter is a really busy time for the Canterbury Health System, with increased rates of illness and greater demand on hospital services.
“It’s always important people access the most appropriate health care. In most cases this is your general practice team, even after-hours. Don’t wait until it’s too late – phone your GP team before things get worse,” says Dr Humphrey.
Phone your GP team any time day or night if you need urgent medical attention. They will advise on the most appropriate place to go to receive the care you need.
Always call 111 for an ambulance if a friend or family member needs life-saving emergency medical attention.
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Source: Canterbury District Health Board media release (31st May 2017)Published on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, under News