Print this topic

HealthInfo Canterbury

After-hours medical care


If you, or someone near you is having a medical emergency, phone 111 and ask for an ambulance. See Emergency medical help for more information.

If you need medical advice and it isn't an emergency, you can phone your GP and speak to someone who can help. If you live in Canterbury, you can call your general practice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Outside working hours, calls are automatically redirected to a health professional for health advice.

For information about general practices and pharmacies with extended hours in Ashburton, see After-hours medical care in Ashburton.

Most rural areas have a doctor or nurse on call – phone the local general practice in your area. If no doctor or nurse is available, phone the Christchurch Pegasus 24 Hour Surgery on (03) 365‑7777.

24 hours a day, 365 days a year healthcare

General practices with extended hours

General practices with extended hours include:

After-hours pharmacies

On the next page: After-hours medical care in Ashburton

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2019.

See also:

Emergency help


Page reference: 38733

Review key: HIEMG-274747