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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Oamaru Hospital

Oamaru Hospital is located at 8 Steward Street, Oamaru. There is P5 pick up and drop off parking at the door. See our front / home page for up-to-date visiting hours. For general enquiries call (03) 433 0290.

Oamaru Hospital Emergency Department

The Oamaru Hospital Emergency Department is open to all emergencies that do not come under the umbrella of General Practitioners. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all public holidays.

In the event on an emergency, dial 111.

The Emergency Department is for critical or life-threatening situations. If you have heavy bleeding, broken bones, burns, chest pain or trouble breathing visit the Emergency Department. If you cannot travel yourself, you should call 111 for an ambulance.

From Oamaru Hospital Emergency Department, patients may be admitted to Inpatient Services for observation and transfers may be made, as necessary. Acute surgical cases, once stabilised, if required, are transferred to Dunedin Hospital.

Oamaru Hospital Inpatient Services

See our front / home page for our current visiting hours. Inpatient Services provides medical care and observation services. The highly skilled Hospital staff provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services, with a strong focus on assisting the elderly to age positively.

For general enquiries call (03) 433 0290.

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