Depending on your illness, there are different places you and your whānau can go for health care in Tairāwhiti.
Remember registering with a general practice is really important for you and your family. A GP can to develop a relationship with you and have a better understanding of your unique healthcare needs.
For helpful medical advice go to the Health Navigator website, which has easy-to-read information on a wide range of health conditions including how to recognise symptoms and tips for prevention, self-care and treatment. Make sure you have a medicine cabinet with pain killers, plasters, and antiseptic cream. Go to your local pharmacy for medicine if needed.
You can also call healthline to talk to a health professional 24/7 on 0800 611 116.
For a list of pharmacies in Tairāwhiti, go to the find services directory here on our website.
Call your own general practice
Unless it’s an emergency (when you should call 111), phone your usual general practice number when you or someone in your family is not feeling well.
You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 to talk to a health professional.
For non-urgent health concerns, phone your general practice and book an appointment with your general practice team.
Urgent and after hours care
Some general practices have extended opening hours, you can find phone numbers, opening hours and other details on our services directory page.
In an emergency dial 111 and ask for “ambulance”.
The Emergency Department (ED) at Gisborne Hospital should be used in an emergency for critical or life-threatening situations.
If you cannot travel to the Emergency Department yourself, you should dial 111 and ask for an “ambulance”.