Waitaki District Health Services


From 28/09/20 until further notice: Under Covid Level 1 hospital visiting is as follows:
• Visiting hours: 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 6.00pm – 7.00pm
• Two visitors per patient. This also ensures our vulnerable patients are getting the appropriate amount of rest. If you feel unwell, please avoid the main reception area and go directly to the Emergency Department entrance beside our Ambulance Bay (24/7) – please wear a mask, and apply hand sanitiser.

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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