Care around the clock wherever you are over summer

Father and his 3 young children walking to the sea on a beach.Remember that you can still get FREE health advice whenever you need it – wherever your holidays take you around New Zealand this summer.

You can call your own general practice team 24/7 for care around the clock if too much festive cheer leaves you feeling worse for wear.

Be sure to load your general practice’s number into your mobile phone before you head off on holiday. A team of staff are ready to take your call when the doors are closed and the lights are out – any time of day or night, including public holidays.

Emergency Departments (EDs) at hospitals throughout New Zealand often run at capacity over the festive season. Making your regular general practice team your first port of call wherever you are will help keep EDs free for those who need emergency care.

Make sure you pack enough of your regular medications for the duration of your holiday if you are heading away. If you’re going to need a repeat prescription while away, get it sorted before you leave town.

Call 111 in a life-threatening emergency.

You can call or text 1737 any time if you’re feeling anxious or just need someone to talk. You can speak to or text a trained counsellor for FREE.

Make your general practice team your first call for health advice – whether you’re holidaying in Wanaka or Whangamata. They can tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen urgently.

Information for visitors to Christchurch

Visitors to Christchurch who need to see a doctor can visit one of the urgent care practices:

  • The 24 Hour Surgery (401 Madras Street – near the corner with Bealey Avenue).
    Phone (+64) 3 365 7777. Open 24/7.
  • Moorhouse Medical (3 Pilgrim Place)
    Phone (+64) 3 365 7900. Open 8am to 8pm every day.
  • Riccarton Clinic (4 Yaldhurst Road)
    Phone (+64) 3 343 3661. Open 8am to 8pm every day.

Watch a video on what an urgent care clinic can do.

Get trusted health advice over the summer

HealthInfo Canterbury is a health information website with information on health topics and services specific to Canterbury. It is written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Your community pharmacy can also provide health advice.


Source: Canterbury DHB media release (16th December 2020).

Published on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 11/02/2021

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