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Help take the pressure off an especially busy Christchurch Hospital

Wednesday, May 29, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: health, services, prevention, disease

Canterbury DHB media release: 29th May 2019

Canterbury hospitals are under pressure with winter illnesses like coughs and colds already on the rise and a spell of colder weather forecast.

There’s been an increase in influenza-like illness in Canterbury in the last week. This has led to an increase in demand for health services - particularly on the Emergency Department of Christchurch Hospital and on hospital admissions across the region.

The 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 non-emergency healthcare.

Executive Director Planning, Funding and Decision Support Carolyn Gullery, says the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital is always available for emergency care and you shouldn’t hesitate to dial 111 in a life-threatening emergency. But there are quicker ways of getting the help you need from the right person if it isn’t an emergency.

“You should always call your own general practice team first if it’s not an emergency. Save their phone number in your mobile phone so you can also easily access free health advice after hours.

“A registered nurse will answer when you call your general practice after hours. They are available to provide free health advice any time of day or night. They will advise you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen urgently. Many practices now operate extended hours or additional services - another reason you should call first to check,” Carolyn says.

Meet some of the #carearoundtheclock nursing team and learn more about the service they provide.

You can visit one of the Urgent Care practices listed below if you need medical attention after hours that’s not life-threatening and it won’t wait. They can provide a number of after-hours services beyond those you might expect to find at most general practices. They specialise in sports injuries, can carry out minor surgery, take X-rays and set broken bones for example.

  • The 24 Hour Surgery – open all day, every day
  • Moorhouse Medical – open 8am – 8pm daily
  • Riccarton Clinic – open 8am – 8pm daily

Get the flu vaccine to protect yourself this winter

The flu vaccine is available now for people who want to take that extra step to keep themselves well this winter. It’s free at general practices and many pharmacies for:

  • over 65s;
  • pregnant women; and
  • vulnerable people with certain pre-existing health conditions (only through their general practice team).

Contact your general practice team or pharmacy about how to get a flu shot if you’re not eligible for a free one.

The best way to protect yourself and your whānau and stop the spread of influenza is to get immunised - or you could be putting yourself and your whānau at risk.

Get more information about flu and why it’s worth avoiding.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch