This week the Canterbury DHB kicked off a ‘care around the clock’ campaign to raise awareness of the fact that you can call your usual general practice number 24/7 and when they’re closed, a team of nurses is available to answer your call. The nurses provide free health advice, and if you need to be seen urgently by a doctor, they can tell you what to do and where to go.
It’s always important that people access the most appropriate health care. In most cases this is provided by general practice teams, even after hours.Make your GP team your first call 24/7After-hours (when the practice is closed) a team of nurses is available to give free health advice. If you need to be seen urgently, they can tell you what to do and where to go.It’s easy – phone your usual General Practice number 24/7Put your family doctor’s phone number in your contacts in your phone – then you’ll have it at the ready whenever you need it – any time of day or night.
When a child is unwell it's always good to seek medical attention sooner, rather than later. It’s best to phone your own general practice team any time of the day or night. If a child does need to have an appointment, most practices in Canterbury have free consultations for those under 13.
More information is available at www.cdhb.health.nz/carearoundtheclock
Thanks for your support,
Canterbury District Health Board