Thousands of visitors are pouring into Wellington this week for the Lions tour, and we want to make sure they stay well.
We’ve prepared information to ensure visitors can find the medical advice and assistance they need while they’re in Wellington.
Anyone unsure about whether they need emergency care should contact a GP or call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.
In an emergency, dial 111 and ask for an ambulance
Hospital emergency departments (EDs) treat people who have a serious illness or injury that requires urgent attention.
The Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley regions are served by two EDs, one at Wellington Regional Hospital and the second at Hutt Hospital.
People are reminded that EDs are for emergencies only. Those with non-urgent illnesses or injuries will likely wait longer to be seen, as ED must prioritise urgent and acute patients, and there is a significant charge for non-residents to receive care at emergency departments.
How do I know if I need emergency care?
Anyone who is unsure about whether they need emergency care should contact a GP, medical practice or after-hours medical centre in the first instance. They can also call Healthline (0800 611 116) for free advice from a registered nurse.
Medical care for non-urgent health problems
Soft tissue injuries, sprained ankles, minor cuts or injuries, coughs and emergency supplies of prescription medicines are best managed by a visit to a GP or after-hours medical centre. GP fees applicable.
Pharmacists can provide general health advice, the emergency contraception pill and other non-prescription medical supplies. Pharmacies with extended opening hours are available across the region.
Sexual health services including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections are available from the Wellington Sexual Health Service, located at 275 Cuba Street, Wellington. To book an appointment at the clinic, phone 0800 188 881.
Download our PDF for further health information for visiting rugby fans