Waitaki District Health Services


Oamaru Hospital is now operating at a higher level of alertness internally, to better keep our community and staff safe.

This means:
• Everyone entering the hospital is screened on arrival
• Those entering the Hospital will be required to wear surgical masks
• Those with mask exemptions (excluding patients) are not permitted to enter the Hospital
• All inpatients are restricted to two nominated visitors for the duration of their stay however only one visitor per day (exemptions on compassionate grounds will be considered)
• Meals on Wheels will move to contactless deliveries
This is a precautionary measure to keep our vulnerable patients and staff safe on recommendation from the Southern DHB.

Note – due to the evolving Covid-19 status in our community, it may be that we need to change these restrictions at short notice.

Visiting hours are currently 2.00 - 7.00pm daily.

These arrangements will be in place until further notice.
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About Waitaki Health Services

Our purpose is to champion and provide trusted, quality health services within our community. Our vision is to become a progressive, positive and caring organisation delivering a responsive, accessible and modern health service.

Waitaki District Health Services operates Oamaru Hospital, the only hospital providing secondary level healthcare services to the population of the Waitaki District. The catchment population is approximately 22,000 within a large boundary area of approximately 8,990 square kilometres.

At Oamaru Hospital, Waitaki District Health Services offers inpatient and emergency services, maternity, and radiology. Our services in the wider community (from a base at Oamaru Hospital) include district nursing, social work, clinical needs assessment, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Waitaki District Health Services Limited is committed to providing quality health care services to the community that we serve.

We believe in our people to deliver on our vision, and we do this through fostering advocacy, working with Safer Waitaki, and a number of professional networks in the Waitaki and New Zealand. Effective communication between staff, patients, their whānau and the wider community is a big part of what we do and we encourage active listening. As a business, we pride ourselves on providing the necessary infrastructure to allow our staff and the community to thrive. This means our business can continue to be a valuable and sustainable part of the wider Waitaki region.

The values of Waitaki District Health Services:

  • We are a people focused organisation. We equally value staff, patients and whānau.
  • We are caring. Our organisation values empathy, kindness, respect and openness.
  • We are an engaged organisation. We value engagement among staff, patients and their whānau. We believe in working as a team with our community to achieve the best outcomes we can.
  • We value integrity. As medical practitioners, our organisation practices from a base of strong moral principles, transparency and trustworthiness.
  • Respect is important to us. Our organisation operates from a platform of mutual respect showing courtesy, consideration and empathy.
  • We believe in equipping the people within our organisation with the tools, equipment and skills to carry out their duties and respond to change with resilience.
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