The lines between television soap and reality blurred today for the actor who plays Shortland Street's Dr Chris Warner.
Michael Galvin - dressed in full doctor mode - was in Christchurch to promote the upgrade of the city's charity hospital.
It follows in the footsteps of a storyline on the hit TV2 show, in which his character donates his own expertise to a similar hospital.
Speaking to ONE News, Galvin said he was amazed by the work the hospital staff do.
"The colonoscope - now that I can pronounce it - is worth $50,000, and that's a lot more than I'm worth," he said.
"So it's incredible to come here and to see just how high-tech it is."
The hospital - which relies on donations to fund its operations - recently celebrated the opening of a $2 million wing.
Galvin is Shortland Street's longest serving actor, having played Dr Warner for most of the soap's 20 year history.
His character has survived four marriages, battled drug-dealing, an emergency tracheotomy, and earned the title Dr Love.