District Health Boards
Health services in Christchurch and Ashburton in the Canterbury region are provided by Canterbury DHB. Health services in Timaru are provided by South Canterbury DHB.
Canterbury and Ashburton
The main hospital in the Canterbury region is Christchurch Hospital, with a smaller one in Ashburton. There are also several small rural hospitals. For all hospitals in the Canterbury region check the Canterbury DHB website.
Timaru Hospital is the only hospital in the South Canterbury region.
To find private hospitals in this region search on the 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.
To find a GP near you use the links below.
North and central Canterbury
Mental Health Services
Mental health services in Canterbury are provided by Canterbury DHB. Mental health services in South Canterbury are provided by the South Canterbury DHB. See their websites for details.
If you are feeling distressed or if you need someone to talk to, you can call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor. This is a free service and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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 parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below 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.