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 Radiology (X-Ray) Department

The Radiology Department is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Urgent only services are provided after working hours. Contact the Radiology Department on (03) 433 0261.

Waitaki District Health Services offers Plain Film Radiography, CT Scanning and Ultrasound. Access criteria for the services are in accordance with the Ministry of Health (MOH) Elective Services Referral Guidelines for Radiology, which can be view through the MOH website.

Referrals can be received from the Inpatient Ward, Outpatient Clinic Specialists, visiting Specialists in private practice, General Practitioners or other health practitioners approved by the Ministry of Health. An Occupational Health Nurse may refer specifically for asbestos screening.

Oamaru Hospital provides Public and Private Ultrasound and CT Scanning

Publicly funded scanning can be provided for patients referred from Inpatient Services and the Emergency Department.

Privately funded scans may be requested by Private Consultants, General Practitioners or Midwives and may include patients covered by ACC or Insurance Companies. In some cases, prior approval by ACC or Insurance Companies may be required.

Your appointment at Oamaru Hospital Radiology Department

Plain Film imaging that are non-urgent referrals are usually booked within two to five working days. Urgent referrals are performed upon patient presentation.

Ultrasound imaging that are non-urgent are usually booked within six to eight weeks. Urgent referrals are performed in discussion with the department.

The Radiology Department is open weekdays, from 8am to 5pm. With urgent only services provided after hours. You will be contacted regarding your appointment by mail. Should you have any questions, contact the Radiology Department on (03) 433 0261.

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