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 Launches New Website - 2nd Oct 2019

Oamaru Hospital has recently launched a new website to help improve access to information and to keep the community well informed on activities. 

This new website (https://www.waitakihealth.co.nz) has already proved effective for receiving community feedback and has assisted in the recruitment of staff.

“Members of our community have provided feedback both on aspects of their care where we could have done better, as well as positive accolades for the care received.  All feedback gets managed through our internal policies that guide how we manage complaints and bouquets” Ruth Kibble, Chief Executive of Waitaki District Health Services said. 

“People interested in working at Oamaru Hospital have also been using this site to understand more about the hospital and the services we deliver.  The website has been mentioned in recent interviews by doctors looking for permanent roles in Oamaru, some of them from overseas” Mrs Kibble said.

This website will provide up to date health advice and information. 

“We have made a commitment to ensure effective communication processes are in place” Paul Allison, Chairman of Waitaki District Health Services said.

“This website, alongside Health Forums and Media updates, will play an important role of our newly approved Communication Strategy that seeks to provide easily accessible information to our community” he said. 


For further information please contact:

Ruth Kibble, Chief Executive Officer - Ruth.Kibble@southerndhb.govt.nz

Paul Allison, Chairman – paulallison.nz@gmail.com

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