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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For Patients and Visitors

Are you feeling unwell? In an emergency call 111.

To contact Waitaki Health call 03 433 0290 or phone Healthline on 0800 611 116.

To access the After-hours GP please phone (03) 434 9444.

It is important to register you and your family (whānau) with a general practice as they can develop an ongoing relationship and better understanding your unique healthcare needs. Depending on your illness, there’s a number of places you can go for healthcare in the Waitaki District.

If you have a grazed knee, sore throat or cough

Rest and be sure to stock your medicine cabinet with pain killers, bandages and antiseptic cream from your local pharmacy.

If you have diarrhoea, a runny nose, painful cough or headache

Visit your local chemist who will be able to assist you with advice

If you have vomiting, ear pain, a sore belly, back pain, cuts, sprains or an itchy rash, etc.

Contact your doctor to make an appointment

If it’s after hours

If you are feeling unwell after hours call your normal GP and the call will be automatically redirected to the after-hours service, or you can phone (03) 434 9444 directly.

If you have heavy bleeding, broken bones, burns, chest pain or trouble breathing.

In an emergency, call 111. Is it critical or life-threatening? Visit your local Emergency Department. If you cannot travel yourself, call 111 for an ambulance.

Still not sure?

Healthline is a free call number staffed by experienced registered nurses. Over the phone, they can ask you questions to make recommendations. Call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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