Pegasus 2025 – Health Minister visits 24 Hour Surgery

Hon Andrew Little, Health Minister, visited the 24 Hour Surgery in August. Andrew was joined by Mark Liddle, Manukura | Chief Executive Officer at Pegasus Health and Jasmine Mackay, Clinical Director, 24 Hour Surgery.  

“It was great to be able to showcase the 24 Hour Surgery and acute demand services to the Health Minister and how we have been able to do things differently in Canterbury. Such as our well-equipped clinical areas, and the observation unit to name a few,” said Jasmine.  

Our place in the system.  

24 Hour Surgery was set up in 1987 by the general practice to provide after-hours service for people living in Canterbury. The need for the 24 Hour Surgery has increased greatly since that time and has scaled up to meet demand. There are now more than 320 GPs in Canterbury who use this facility to care for their patients when they are unavailable.  

How we support the Emergency Department 

Christchurch Hospital’s new Emergency Department (ED) was designed with 24 Hour Surgery as a crucial part of the system, seeing up to 115% of ED numbers daily. It greatly relieves pressure on the Emergency Department, providing care for patients who require comprehensive care, and who can safely avoid an ED or hospital admission

Read the full September newsletter here