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The Ashburton Service Level Alliance (ASLA) is working towards ensuring the people of Ashburton have access to appropriate and sustainable health services. Its overall aim is to provide better, more timely care for the people of Ashburton, regardless of who is providing the care.

The role of the Ashburton SLA is to recommend how to best allocate health service funding in Ashburton and provide a platform for local healthcare providers and community leaders to lead the redesign of Ashburton’s health services.

The Ashburton SLA was established in August 2015.  

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31May

Simplifying access to after-hours care in Ashburton

31 May, 2019 | Return|

From 1 June Ashburton residents only need to call one number to access health care after-hours – their usual GP team.

Gordon Guthrie, Chairperson of the Ashburton Service Level Alliance, said the change would reduce confusion about accessing care after-hours in Ashburton. “Unless it’s an emergency when you should dial 111, your usual general practice team should be your first port of call when you, or someone in your family, is sick.”

“Even if your practice is closed your call will be answered by a health professional who can provide health advice, including information about what to do and where to go if you need urgent care.”

The Care Around The Clock campaign has been widely used across Canterbury since 2016, ensuring the community has access to free and professional health advice 24/7.

People who aren’t enrolled with a General Practice, or are visiting the area, can still call any General Practice number after hours for free advice.

“If you save your general practice phone number to your mobile phone, that’s the only number you need to access health advice 24/7.

“This call can save valuable time by ensuring you have the information you need to access the right care from the right service as soon as possible,” Guthrie says.

For details about Care Around The Clock check out the behind the scenes video that explains how the free after-hours health advice service works.

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Useful resources

Work Plan 2020-21

For the Ashburton SLA. Read full CCN work plan.

General Practice finder

Canterbury General practice teams (GPs) listed on a map - CDHB.

Care around the clock

A vidoe explaining how the care around the clock service works. 

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Find out where to go for health care in Canterbury depending on your illness.