Waitaki District Health Services


Key information for Covid-19 Delta Level 2

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) VISITING RESTRICTIONS TO OAMARU HOSPITAL - 20th Jul 2021


20-7-2021: Oamaru Hospital is currently placing restrictions on visitors to all departments within the hospital (E.D, the Ward, Maternity, Radiology, Outpatients and District Nursing) to help prevent further spread of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) to newborn babies and sick children.

In particular, we ask that only parents and main caregivers visit our maternity unit until further notice, to help protect newborn babies and sick children from the virus.

Visitors in these areas will be asked to wear a mask and other protective clothing if needed.

RSV is very contagious and can cause severe and life-threatening illness in babies and sick children. Please contact your doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice if you think you or someone in your household has RSV. Information on symptoms can also be found on the Ministry of Health website: www.health.govt.nz.

Waitaki District Health Services Appoints New CEO - 26th Jun 2020

Waitaki District Health Services Appoints New CEO

The Chair of Waitaki District Health Services Limited (WDHSL), Paul Allison, today announced the appointment of Phil Jamieson, to the role of CEO of the organisation.

 “After an extensive search and selection process, the Board is delighted to announce Phil Jamieson as the CEO, replacing Ruth Kibble, who returns to the South Canterbury District Health Board when her 24-month seconded period finishes at the end of this month.” Mr. Allison said.  

“Phil brings extensive commercial leadership experience to Waitaki District Health Services, having held senior roles in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Asia, across industries ranging from the primary sector, government, retail and banking”.

Jamieson’s early career included assisting in the creation of Auckland’s new mega hospital, which integrated the services of National Women’s Hospital, Greenlane and Auckland hospital onto one site. In his current role, he is Executive General Manager of Development at SBS Bank, where he has spent seven years, leading strategy, planning, marketing, communications, product management, business intelligence and change delivery.   

The Board acknowledged Ruth Kibble for her contribution in leading Waitaki District Health Services Limited since September 2018 during which time she has led significant change and they also conveyed their best wishes to her as she returns to her role in the Strategic Leadership Team of South Canterbury District Health Board.

Mr. Jamieson and his family are looking forward to relocating to Oamaru where he will commence his new role with Waitaki District Health Services Limited on 31 August 2020.  It has been arranged for Debi Lawry, Associate General Manager Rural Health, with support from Karl Metzler, CEO Gore Health, to provide CEO cover in the interim.  

 “I have a real passion for health care and it is a privilege to join the WDHSL team, working to ensure optimum delivery of health services to the Waitaki community” Mr. Jamieson said.

Waitaki Mayor, Gary Kircher, welcomed the news of Mr Jamieson’s appointment.  

“The hospital has been going through difficult times and continues to face financial challenges. Mr Jamieson not only brings impressive financial skills to the role, but also very good communication and team-building skills. I look forward to welcoming him to the Waitaki District as he takes up this very important role in our community.”

Statement of Intent 2019-20 now available - 3rd Oct 2019

The 2019-20 Statement of Intent is a compliance document as part of our requirements for Waitaki District Health Services Limited.  This document is updated annually and has been made available on the website.

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

Annual Report 2017-18 - 1st Jun 2018

Annual Report 2017-18

The Year in Review

The 2017-18 year was significant, due to it being a period where significant change for Waitaki District Health Services Limited was seeded. During the earlier part of this year, we continued to work to implement the model of care that had been approved previously and entered discussions about how we align with the Southern DHB Primary and Community Strategy.

The changes driven by the model of care development have a strong focus on how we deliver our services, especially those within the community. This has provided the opportunity and challenge to how we need to realign our services to work within this paradigm. An example of the outputs of this work include the development of the Waitaki District Health Services Directory which is now proudly available through the Safer Waitaki webpage.

View the Waitaki District Health Services Annual Report 2017-18.

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