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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Yvee Thomas

Nursing Director
Yvee Thomas Director of Nursing and Operations Waitaki District Health Services

Yvee has been in nursing and primary health care since 1994. She has recently returned to New Zealand after spending eight years living in Australia where she worked in remote areas with indigenous communities. She has worked in managerial and clinical leadership roles and has a strong focus on womens’ health, sexual health and interest in wound care. During her time in Australia she spent four years working in a male prison in North Queensland, some of this time as a Clinical Nurse specialist.

Yvee began working at Oamaru Hospital in October 2018 and began her role as Director of Nursing and Operations in January 2019. Yvee brings a broad background in nursing to her role and is passionate about nursing and nurses sharing their knowledge with others. She believes in the statement; ‘what we walk past today is what we accept tomorrow’.

She loves the culture and diversity nurses get working in rural hospitals and rural nursing. She believes that in today’s world, we need to be mindful as we walk through our day-to-day and not accept poor standards or negative behaviour, but support and share with each other to encourage positive change at Oamaru hospital.

As Director of Nursing and Operations, Yvee is passionate about enabling the nursing staff to upskill and share their knowledge in a positive way. Her goal is to have a strong team providing excellent patient care and have everyone working collaboratively as a team to achieve this.

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