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Care around the clock to continue throughout strike

Published: Mon 14 Jan 2019 09:46 AM
4 January 2019
Care around the clock to continue throughout junior doctors’ strike
To be attributed to: Michael Frampton, Chief People Officer, Canterbury DHB
With the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association 48 hour strike action starting tomorrow at 7am, Canterbury District Health Board is reminding people that they can help take the pressure off emergency services by always making their general practice team the first port of call for their healthcare needs.
The Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital will remain open throughout the strike, and you shouldn’t hesitate to dial 111 in a life-threatening emergency. However, for most other health care you should always call your own general practice team first. Having their phone number loaded in your mobile phone is a great idea as it means you can access free health advice after-hours.
When you call your general practice after hours, follow the instructions on their voice mail and a team of registered nurses will be ready to take your call – any time of day or night. They provide free health advice. If you need to be seen urgently they can tell you what to do and where to go.
You can meet some of the #carearoundtheclock nursing team and learn more about the service they provide here.
If you need to visit a general practice after hours, you can visit one of these Urgent Care practices:
• The 24 Hour Surgery – 401 Madras Street. Phone (+64) 3 365 7777
• Moorhouse Medical – 3 Pilgrim Place, open 8am – 8pm daily. Phone (+64) 3 365 7900
• Riccarton Clinic – 6 Yaldhurst Road, open 8am – 8pm daily. Phone (+64) 3 343 3661
For trusted health advice, you can also visit our HealthInfo website or visit your community pharmacy for health advice.
HealthInfo is a health information website that has information specific to Canterbury. It is written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals and features a mix of health information, fact sheets on different topics and descriptions of local health services.
People shouldn’t delay seeking medical treatment if they need urgent medical assistance at any time.
ENDS
Canterbury DHB
CDHB
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.
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