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Due to the Alert Level 4 we have been instructed to close our clinic. We are now providing a telehealth service for all existing and new patients. Please use the Contact Us form for more information or to make an appointment. You do not need a referral - we can lodge new ACC claims. For injuries covered by ACC telehealth consultations are fully funded. If you had an appointment booked, your hand therapist will contact you to arrange a telehealth appointment....
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What is It? Swan neck deformity is caused by abnormal stress on the volar plate, the ligament around the middle joint of the finger (PIP joint). The resulting shape of the finger looks similar to a swan's neck, which is how the condition got its name. What is it caused by? For a swan neck deformity to occur, abnormal stress must be put on the ligament around the PIP joint of the finger. The stress causes the ligament to loosen,...

Holiday Hours

December 18, 2019
The Merivale Hand Clinic and it's satellite clinics will be closed from: Wednesday 25th December to Sunday 29th December 2019 and from Wednesday 1 January to Sunday 5th January 2020 Should you required emergency treatment over that time please see the 24HR clinic on Madras Street or Christchurch Public Hospital. We would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday period.
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July 10, 2018
In New Zealand, rugby is the national sport and also has the highest injury rate of all major sports. Because rugby union has high participation levels as well as a high injury rate, this sport results in more hospitalisations, more visits to the accident and emergency departments and more claims to the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation (ACC) than any other sport. Played typically by young people, rugby requires the skills of tackling, scrummaging, mauling and lineout play. On average...
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New Specialist Clinic at Pegasus

April 10, 2017
New North Canterbury Hand Assessment Service Mr Ram Chandru (Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon) in conjunction with the Merivale and Kaiapoi Hand Clinics is excited to announce a new combined hand assessment service for people living in the North Canterbury region. The new service located within the Pegasus Medical Centre in the Pegasus Township is held fortnightly on a Tuesday morning and allows GP’s to directly refer patients to Mr Chandru for an assessment and diagnosis of any hand, wrist...
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Avenue Health & Mr Kirk Williams

February 9, 2017
In our last clinic newsletter we announced that Mr Barnaby Nye (plastic surgeon) had moved into his new purpose built consulting rooms at Avenue Health located at 202 Bealey Avenue. We have had a close working relationship with Barnaby over many years and are pleased to announce that we have extended this working relationship by offering clinics with his colleague at Avenue Health, Mr Kirk Williams (plastic surgeon). Kirk will conduct monthly clinics, run in conjunction with the Merivale Hand...
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Kaiapoi Hand Clinic Expands!

July 5, 2016
Yes, it has finally happened! After a constant increase in demand from patients the clinic has doubled the room size and added an additional therapist. Clinic director Scott Thomson says “the number of post surgical patients seeking treatment and rehabilitation closer to where they live and work has encouraged us to expand the service in Kaiapoi.” Patients who have had hand surgery will often choose to undertake their rehabilitation at the Kaiapoi Hand Clinic saving the need to travel into...
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