Canterbury's health providers have received international recognition for their integrated system which includes a number of hospitals in Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.
District Health Boards
Health services in Christchurch and Ashburton in the Canterbury region provided by Canterbury DHB. Health services in Timaru are provided by South Canterbury DHB
Canterbury and Ashburton
The main hosptial in the Canterbury region is Christchurch hospital with a smaller one in Asburton. There are also several small rural hospitals. For all hospitals in the Canterbury region check this website
There is one hospital in the South Canterbury region, Timaru Hospital
To find Private hospitals in this region search on this Ministry of Health webpage
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Doctors (GPs) and local health centres
Doctors (GPs) are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.
North and central Canterbury
To find GPs in the Canterbury region use the Pegasus Health website.
To find GPs in the South Canterbury region, use the South Canterbury DHB website.
Mental Health Services
Mental health services in Canterbury are provided by Canterbury DHB. Mental health services in South Canterbury are provided Timaru Hospital. See their websites for details
After Hours Medical
For information about after hours healthcare and emergencies see the relevant DHB website.
If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.
The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat rental schemes, parenting education and parenting groups. See these links for services in your area.
Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.
Having a baby
There are various options available for giving birth in the Canterbury region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.
Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463 or visit the website.
Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Canterbury provides hospice care in Canterbury free of charge and in the setting of their choice.