A lifesaver for the Waitaki

The Kurow Medical Centre is better equipped to respond to medical emergencies thanks to a new PRIME vehicle provided with funding from the Meridian Waitaki Community Fund.


​Jules Elliot, Kurow Medical Centre Practice Manager, says “we are so appreciative to Meridian for the funding to purchase our new PRIME vehicle. This vehicle is an integral part of our medical centre as we offer 24/7 emergency care for accidents and medical.”

“We are situated in a remote rural area and a lot of the call-outs we attend are in areas that require 4WD access and of course it is extremely important to have a reliable vehicle. We cover a large call-out area – Haka Pass, to the top of the Lindis Pass, Dansys Pass to the Stone wall towards Waimate. Meridian has made a huge difference to our medical centre and we cannot thank them enough.”

Meridian’s Mid Waitaki Asset Manager, Kelvin Jopson, says “we live and work in remote communities and these services are crucial to our safety and wellbeing. We’re thrilled to be able to support such a critical service that provides lifesaving care.”

The PRIME (Primary Response in Medical Emergency) scheme aims to ensure high quality access to pre-hospital emergency treatment. It’s provided by specially trained GPs and practice nurses who assist ambulance services and is 24-hour a day, seven-days a week with PRIME providers on-call.

Photo: PRIME nurse Jane Crashley from the Kurow Medical Centre uses the new vehicle funded by Meridian.

$26,000 was granted from the Meridian Waitaki Community Fund in November 2015.