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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Helen Algar

Helen Algar Waitaki District Health Services Board

Helen is the third generation of her family to call Oamaru home. She has extensive governance experience having served on boards within the health and disability sector. She was a Ministerial appointment to the Otago District Health Board and subsequently the Southern District Health Board. She currently sits on the Board of Age Concern Otago.

Helen has committed a lifetime of service to her community and is currently the Community Development Facilitator for Waitaki District Council. Helens service to health was recognised in 2008 when she was a recipient of the Queens Service Medal for services to health and disability issues. Helen was also recently appointed as an ambassador for White Ribbon New Zealand in June 2018.

Helen joined to the Board of Waitaki District Health Services Limited in 2015 and is currently Deputy Chair. She is committed to the Waitaki Community and sustainable health services.

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