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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Health Services Directory

In an emergency, dial 111.

Hospital Emergency Department

  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Oamaru Hospital Inpatient Services

  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • See our Home / Front page for information on current visiting hours.
  • Phone (03) 433 0290

Oamaru Hospital Maternity Centre

Oamaru Hospital Radiology (X-ray) Department

  • Plain film radiography, CT scanning and ultrasound.
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Phone (03) 433 0261
  • Open weekdays, 8am to 5pm.
  • You will be contacted regarding your appointment time by mail.

Waitaki District Nursing

  • Phone (03) 433 0670
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open seven days, 8am to 6.30pm


  • Phone (03) 433 0290 extn 9024
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open weekdays, 8.30am to 5pm

Clinical Needs Assessment

  • Phone (03) 433 0290
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open weekdays, 8.30am to 5pm

Social Work Services

  • Phone (03) 433 0290
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open weekdays, 8.30am to 5pm

Occupational Therapy

  • Phone (03) 433 0290 extn 9071
  • Located at Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward Street, Oamaru.
  • Open weekdays, 8.30am to 5pm

Outpatient Department

Our Outpatient Department offers a wide range of specialised clinics that are serviced by both local and visiting consultants that come to Oamaru. This helps the people of the Waitaki District with reducing the travel to our base provider in Dunedin for appointments. Our Outpatient Department is staffed by administration staff, nursing staff and a medical typist.

We house a range of both publicly funded and privately funded clinics on a mainly monthly basis from our Outpatient Department. Referrals are accepted from other healthcare providers to these clinics and are reviewed against the Ministry of Health criteria and then appointments are made accordingly.

The clinics that are currently offered at Oamaru Hospital are:

Anaesthetic Pre-Admission Geriatric
Audiology - hearing Gynaecology
Breast Infusions
Cardiac Rehab Minor Operations
Chemotherapy New Born Hearing
Continence Obstetrics
CPSSS (Cancer Psychology) Ophthalmology
Dermatology Orthopaedic
Dermatology (minor operation) Orthotics
Diabetes Paediatric
Diabetes Nurse Educator Podiatry
Diabetes Outreach Nurse Psychogeriatric
Diabetic Eye Photography Radiotherapy
Dietitian Respiratory
ECG Rheumatology
Ear Nose Throat Speech Therapist
Endocrinology Stoma
Endocrinology - VIDYO Surgical
Fracture Surgical Bus
Gastro Liver Wound or Vascular

Private Clinics:

  • Ear Nose Throat
  • Gynaecology Bus
  • Molemap
  • Orthopaedic
  • Triton Hearing

If you wish to speak to the Outpatient Department, please call between the hours of 8.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 03 433 0290.

Feeling unwell or have a health concern but you’re unsure of what to do? See the Waitaki Health Feeling Unwell page. In an emergency, dial 111.

Waitaki Health & Disability or Social Services Directory

New to Oamaru or the Waitaki district? View the Social Services Directory. The directory includes the following:

Medical practices Pharmacies Optometrists
Audiology Podiatrists

Mental health services

Disability services Mobility services Physical wellbeing services
Physical wellbeing services Needs assessment and services coordination including funders of services Home care support and nursing services
Medical alarms and alerts Meal delivery options including meals on wheels Older persons' services
Residential care options Children's, women's and family/whānau services Maori, Pasifika, and whānau ora services
Government services Advice, advocacy, complaints and information services Housing, crisis and social services

You can find the Social Services Directory via the following link: https://sites.google.com/saferwaitaki.co.nz/saferwaitaki/directory


Healthline is a free call number staffed by experienced registered nurses, call 0800 611 116.

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