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Medical Treatment

The Urgent Care services at Riccarton Clinic are state-of-the-art. No appointment is necessary. We provide acute care for urgent medical problems. Call 111 or go to the ED at Christchurch hospital if you have a life-threatening condition such as severe bleeding or have persistent chest pain, also if you have lost consciousness or have shortness of breath.

When should you visit us?

  • For problems that cannot wait until routine hours or are serious but non-life threatening (ie not serious enough for the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital).

  • When you don’t think you can wait until you can be seen at your own doctors surgery, or you are a visitor to New Zealand, or you haven’t yet registered with a GP.

If you are unsure about whether you need to see a doctor, call Healthline on 0800 611 116. Healthline is a free service available 24 hours a day and staffed by registered nurses who can advise you on the best course of action.

Our doctors are GPs experienced in acute medicine.  Our nurses have received training in the assessment and treatment of acute medical and injury issues.  All of our clinicians are certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.

Benefits of our Urgent Care services:

  • Medical care for patients who do not need a hospital-based emergency department

  • Shorter waiting times compared with typical emergency departments

  • We provide high quality accident and urgent health care for people who are unable to access their own GP

  • Diagnostic and imaging capabilities, including X-rays and laboratory testing

  • A comfortable, safe environment

Because Riccarton Clinic is a combined general practice and Urgent Care Clinic with extensive services and many skilled clinicians, we can arrange for the follow-up care you need after your visit, however, we encourage people to return to their own GP, if they have one, for ongoing care.