Canterbury Health System Update Four – August 17
BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR CANTERBURY HEALTH SYSTEM TOMORROW (THURSDAY, AUGUST 18)
After three days of disruptions caused by the polar blast which hit the country this week, health services across
Canterbury are expected to return to normal tomorrow.
All surgery and outpatient clinics at Canterbury District Health Board and private hospitals (Christchurch, Christchurch
Women’s, Burwood, The Princess Margaret, Hillmorton and Ashburton, St Georges and Southern Cross) will resume as
People who had their appointments cancelled this week because of the snowy conditions will be rebooked to the next
If people have any questions they should contact the hospital number on their appointment card or letter.
LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS – ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
While forecasts are for a gradual improvement in conditions, temperatures are expected to remain low for the rest of the
week. There have been a number of electricity outages in some parts of the city and we are concerned about people who
live alone, particularly older people who may be without power.
Please remember to check on elderly neighbours and family members. If you have lost electricity or your heating, make a
plan to stay with friends or family who do have heating.
To help keep warm wear extra layers of warm clothing (such as wool or polypropylene) and eat warm food.
We are providing an increasing range of services in a person’s own home and are really keen to hear from people who can
provide home care and support services.
We also want to hear from any former Ali’s Home Health Clients who haven’t been contacted by a new provider of their
home support or home care – ph (03) 364 4134.
We would also like to remind any former Ali’s staff who are looking for work, that there are jobs available. They can
also phone (03) 364 4134 for more information.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Delivery of Meals on Wheels will continue tomorrow with assistance from the four wheel drive club and other volunteers.
Meals may be delivered later than usual as we continue to experience difficulties with the road situation.
Canterbury DHB would like to thank the Red Cross, the four wheel drive club and other volunteers across Canterbury for
their assistance in getting meals to people in these challenging conditions this week.
PRIMARY CARE – GPs and Pharmacies
Most General Practice Teams in both urban and rural areas are open. However it’s still advisable to phone your GP if you
have a doctor’s appointment to check they’re open before leaving home. If they’re closed your call will be answered 24/7
by a registered nurse who will be able to advise you on what to do.
You may be directed to another General Practice that is close to where you live or one of three after-hours clinics in
Christchurch. (These are the 24-hour medical centre in Bealey Avenue; the Riccarton clinic in Riccarton Road and
Moorhouse Medical off Moorhouse Ave).
MEDICATIONS – If your prescriptions are running low
1. Phone your usual pharmacy (or GP) explain the problem.
2. If you are unavailable to contact your usual pharmacy or General Practice Team, phone the Urgent Pharmacy on (03) 366
3. Your GP, pharmacist or the Urgent Pharmacy will advise what to do and make appropriate arrangements where necessary.
FOR ALL MEDICAL EMERGENCIES CALL 111
CANTERBURY HEALTH SYSTEM STAFF
While road conditions have improved significantly since Monday, potential for black ice is very high over the next few
mornings with frosts forecast. Staff and the public are advised to take care when making their way around the city.
Transport is difficult for many people and if Canterbury Health System staff have problems getting to work they should
let their manager know as soon as possible.
Laboratory services are operating as usual. People should communicate with the laboratory services through the normal