Canterbury and West Coast Musculoskeletal Service is a publicly funded service for patients with non-urgent musculoskeletal conditions that do not require surgery.
The Musculoskeletal Specialty focuses on problems, including pain, in muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones. The exception to this is inflammatory joint disease which is usually dealt with by Rheumatologists.
Orthopaedic Surgeons deal with the surgical management of these problems.
Many patients presenting with these problems respond well to a non-surgical approach.
Patients receive a free 30 minute consultation with a registered Musculoskeletal Specialist at a Community Clinic.
The clinics are run by a Musculoskeletal Specialist registered with the NZ Medical Council. We encourage people to have active engagement in their treatment. A Physiotherapist will supervise your long term home-based rehabilitation exercises.
Referrals are accepted for patients who are registered with a medical practice in Canterbury or the West Coast districts.
Patients must be referred by a registered medical practitioner to the Canterbury and West Coast Musculoskeletal Service or Orthopaedic Department of Christchurch or Grey Base Hospital. The Hospital will triage your referral and, if deemed appropriate, on-refer it to us.
The service does not cover injury related problems that are funded by ACC.
Once we receive a written referral from your registered medical practitioner, you will be invited to book an appointment at one of our community clinics.
Bookings can be made by telephone. Attempting to book an appointment without an appropriate referral will not be successful.
Patients with CDHB referrals can book appointments online through:
Pegasus 24hr Surgery
401 Madras Street
The Riccarton Clinic
6 Yaldhurst Road
Page last updated: 21 June 2022
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