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 - Patients requiring medical assistance at our Emergency Department. - 16th Nov 2021

 Oamaru Hospital - Patients requiring medical assistance at our Emergency Department.

Please do the following:

  • Entry to the Emergency Department is beside our Ambulance Bay, if you report to the main reception, you will be redirected to use this door.
  • If you have any cold, flu or COVID symptoms please visit your GP rather than coming to the Emergency Department.
  • Please keep ED for emergencies.  If you have a minor illness, then visit your GP in the first instance.
  • Please note only one support person with the patient. Also, all visitors to the hospital will be screened at the doors.
  • If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, call your GP or 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) to get tested. You can get a free test at your GP – call ahead to find out if you need a test and follow their advice.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453.


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