I’m not well, where do I go?

Depending on your illness, there are a number of places you and your whānau can go for health care in Canterbury.

Remember registering with a general practice is really important for you and your family as they are able to develop a relationship with you and have a better understanding of your unique healthcare needs.

For example I have…  sore throat, grazed knee, cough, sore throat…

For helpful medical advice go to the HealthInfo website

The information on HealthInfo is specific to Canterbury, New Zealand, and is written by local doctors, nurses, and health professionals.

Make sure you have a medicine cabinet with pain killers, plasters, and antiseptic cream. Go to your local pharmacy for medicine if needed.

For example I have…  Diarrhoea, runny nose, painful cough, headache…

For a list of pharmacies in Canterbury, go to the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group’s (CCPG) website

For details about the Urgent Pharmacy in Christchurch see our urgent pharmacy page.

For example I have…  ear pain, vomiting, sore belly, backache, cuts, sprains, itchy rash, strain…

Unless it’s an emergency (when you should call 111), phone your usual general practice number when you or someone in your family is not feeling well.

When it’s after normal opening hours you’ll be able to speak to a nurse who can give you free health advice on what to do and where to go if you need urgent care.

 

For example I have…  ear pain, vomiting, sore belly, backache, cuts, sprains, itchy rash, strain. I can wait 24 hours…

For non-urgent health concerns, phone your general practice and book an appointment with your general practice team. 

A number of General Practices have extended opening hours, you can find phone numbers, opening hours and other details on our General Practice Finder Map

For example I have…  bad cuts, bad bites, or bad sprains. I’m feeling really sick, and I need help now…

Urgent & After Hours Service

Hours

Location

Phone

24 Hour Surgery, Christchurch 24 hours, every day 401 Madras St. Entrance on left before Bealey Ave​ 03 365 7777
Riccarton Clinic 8am-8pm, every day 4 Yaldhurst Rd, Church Corner, Christchurch 03 343 3661
Moorhouse Medical Centre 8am-8pm, every day 3 Pilgrim Place (just off Moorhouse Ave) Christchurch 03 365 7900
Urgent Pharmacy 6pm-11pm, Mon-Fri
, 9am-11pm, Sat-Sun  931 Colombo St, corner of Colombo St and Bealey Ave 03 366 4439
Urgent mental health care Freephone 24 hours, every day 0800 920 092

Extended general practice opening hours

A number of General Practices have extended opening hours, you can find phone numbers, opening hours and other details on our General Practice Finder Map

For example I have… Heavy bleeding, broken bones, bad burns, chest pain, trouble breathing…

In an emergency dial 111 and ask for “ambulance”.

The Emergency Department (ED) at Christchurch Hospital should be used in an emergency for critical or life-threatening situations.

If you cannot travel to the Emergency Department yourself, you should dial 111 and ask for an “ambulance”.

Page last updated: 21 October 2018

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