North Canterbury after hours service
I think this would help resolve at least some of the problems the community is experiencing.
In my community, Pegasus, which is just 10 minutes down the road from Rangiora, there is a very successful weekend GP clinic that I know is highly valued and well utilised.
There are also weekend GP clinics happening in Amberley.
Would the Rangiora GP’s be prepared to offer something similar?
Elected Board Member, Canterbury District Health Board
Rhana Ashton (Woodend)
With the size of the population now, I would definitely say after hours are needed in North Canterbury.
After Hours in Christchurch can hardly keep up with Christchurch people!
Jayne Perry (Kaiapoi)
I strongly recommend having an after hour service because the one in Christchurch even with the new building can’t keep up and I was there [recently] it took us at least 2 hours with a toddler to get checked. We need more services not better services!
Match the demands first then improve if needed.
There is the definitely the population here to warrant it. Driving into town with a sick toddler or baby is really rather stressful and I would love it if we had a dedicated after hours service here.
Were we not promised this by Kate Wilkinson just before the last election?
Improving existing services is what happens in all CDHB centres. Improvements are often cost effective as well as service improvement.
What we need is an ambulance based here and a purpose built or an adapted current facility to operate 24 hour triage emergency centre.
Build it to meet a population growth of 2000 people per year for the Waimakariri District.
Linda Stewart (Rangiora)