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Shortland St actor helps charity hospital

Published: 7:26PM Friday September 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

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.