Rural Health Services 

The Rural Health Services covers a wide range of services in rural areas. There are a total of eight rural hospitals across Canterbury, the largest being Ashburton Hospital. Generally based out of Ashburton Hospital but also covered within some of the smaller rural hospitals services include: general medicine and surgery, palliative care, maternity services, gynaecology services, assessment treatment and rehabilitation services for the elderly and long-term care for the elderly including specialised dementia care and diagnostic services.

Also offered are rural community support services: day care services, district nursing, home support, meals on wheels and clinical nurse specialist services in many areas including respiratory, cardiac, diabetes, wound care, urology, continence and stoma therapy.

The Rural Health Service also operates Tuarangi Home a facility providing hospital care for the elderly in Ashburton.

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