Oamaru Hospital

Takaro Ward, Inpatient Services
Takaro Lodge, Non-acute hospital level care facility
Emergency Department
Outpatient Clinic Services
Maternity Services
District Nursing
Medical Social Workers
Occupational Therapy
AT&R Day hospital
Radiology (X-Ray) department
Hospital Laboratory
Public Health (SDHB regional service)
Community Mental Health (SDHB regional service)
Mobile Surgical Bus


Takaro Ward, Inpatient Services

Visiting Hours: 12:30pm to 7:30pm
The Ward has 30 beds and provides acute medical care, plus Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (AT&R) Services for the Elderly and for  patients transferred from Dunedin for post-operative care, including:
4 Beds dedicated to High Dependency Unit for coronary care, acute heart failure, arrhythmia, acute respiratory and surgical stabilisation prior to Dunedin Hospital;
7 single rooms for isolation, palliative care and terminal care; 
2 two-bedded units for general and paediatric patients; and 
5 three-bedded units for general patients. 
All patient rooms have ensuites.
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Emergency Department

Provides a 24 hour service, 7 days a week. Open to all emergencies that do not come under the umbrella of General Practitioners. Once stabilisation has been achieved all major trauma are transferred to Dunedin Hospital. 
Less severe injuries may be admitted to Takaro Ward overnight for observation and transfers are made as necessary. 
Acute surgical cases, once stabilised, are transferred to Dunedin, if required. 
In some situations when a problem is not obvious and the condition does not justify immediate transfer, the patient is admitted to Takaro Ward for observation.
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Outpatient Clinic Services

Oamaru Hospital has ten outpatient clinic rooms accommodating both publicly funded clinics and private clinics.  These are provided by Specialist Consultants from Dunedin and Timaru who travel to Oamaru at varying intervals.  Diabetes Education, Respiratory Education, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Stress Exercise and Wound Management clinics are provided by hospital nurses.  A team of chemotherapy-trained nurses provide chemotherapy drugs following initial drug administration in Dunedin.  The availability of local clinics eliminates the need for patient travel to base hospitals for outpatient treatment and care.  For a list of current clinics at Oamaru Hospital, click hereback to top


Maternity Services

The Oamaru Hospital Maternity Centre has 2 birthing rooms, three single-bedded postnatal rooms and two antenatal clinic rooms.  All patient rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Lead Maternity Care (LMC) Midwives provide low-risk maternity care to women within this primary unit as well as out in the wider community.  They also provide free pregnancy advise, free pregnancy testing, antenatal care, support throughout labour and birth, and postnatal care up to six weeks after birth.  Advice and support on breastfeeding is also provided.  
A team of experienced nurses provide hospital postnatal care. 
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District Nursing

Hours of services from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, all year except Christmas Day.
This service is available to all people in the community within the Waitaki District.  It is based at Oamaru Hospital but extends into remote rural areas as required.  On receipt of a referral from any health professional, a District Nurse will visit patients at home either as requested by their GP or after discharge from hospital for an assessment of their needs.  It may include assessments for the following:
- General assessments including ACC
- Surgical and Medical follow-ups, including removal of sutures and health education
- Administration of medications - intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous
- Care of the terminally ill and their families
- Wound Care
- Personal Hygiene (short term, Mon to Fri only)
- Meals on Wheels (Mon to Fri only)
- Domestic Assistance (Mon to Fri only)
- Short term equipment loan
- Clients can make an appointment to have treatments done at the District Nurses Rooms if this is convenient
Non-urgent referrals are usually seen within 3 working days unless otherwise requested.  Urgent referrals are assessed within 24 hours.
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Medical Social Workers

Social Work Services are available to assist people with health problems to access support services and look at options for themselves and their family.
We provide:
- assistance to inpatients and their family/whanau in planning for discharge from hospital and follow up in the community
- information and access to appropriate support services
- information on rest homes and long stay hospital placement and arrangement of the required assessment
- asssistance with grief, loss and other health-related issues
- information on Travel and Accommodation Assistance
- unplanned pregnancy counselling

Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) is available to people with an age-related disability.  This may enable access to Disability Support Services funded by the Otago District Health Board, which include:
- Domestic Assistance
- Personal Care
- Carer Support
- Respite Care
- Residential Care Placement (if you are considering a move, contact us and we can discuss your needs with you.  This is essential for all people entering long-term hospital or rest home care).

You may request a visit from a Social Worker or Needs Assessor.  Whanau/family members, friends or other health professionals may contact us on your behalf.

If you have any concerns about your ability to manage when you are discharged from hospital, please ask to speak to us so we can discuss the services that may be available for you.

The department operates between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.  Our telephone number is (03) 433-0290 ext 9063.
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The Physiotherapy service's ultimate aim is to help people achieve their optimum recovery and return of function.

We provide:
- Inpatient treatment
- Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) services for the Elderly
- Outpatient treatment including referrals from General Practitioners and Outpatient Clinics, in particular the Orthopaedic and Fracture clinics.

Conditions treated include respiratory, neurosurgical, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports injuries.  

Home visits are available for mobility assessments, eg walking frames and wheel chair assessments.

ACC patients can self-refer.  Otherwise a referral letter from your GP or other health professionals is required.  
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Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist's (OT) role is to optimise a client's level of safety and independence within their own home.  OTs assess patient needs both in hospital or at home, taking into account all factors affecting their ability to manage daily activities.
Assessments include showering, bathing, dressing, household tasks, cognitive ability and mobility around the home.  OTs also provide education to help with the patient's ability to be independent on discharge from hospital, and arrange the installation of necessary fixtures that are required in their homes to enable patients to remain independent.
If you have a long-term disability, a home visit may be required to assess the need for housing modifications and your eligibility for funding assistance to complete these.
You may be referred to the service either by the Hospital Inpatient Ward, your GP or other health care professionals within the community.
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Takaro Ward, Inpatient Services


AT&R Day Hospital

The Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) Day Unit is designed as a continuation of Inpatient Rehabilitation for people over 65 years, with an age-related disability.

When you are ready for discharge from hospital, the Multidisciplinary team, in consultation with yourself, will decide about the need for further rehabilitation.

If this is required, a referral will be sent to the Coordinator of the Day Unit and you will then be contacted at your home.

Referrals to the AT&R Day Unit can also be made by yourself, your family and friends, GP or any other health care professional.
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Radiology (X-Ray) Department

Direct Dial No: (03) 434-7801

Services offered include Plain Film Radiography, CT Scanning and Ultrasound.  Access criteria for the services are in accordance with the Ministry of Health Elective Services Referral Guidelines for Radiology, which can be viewed through the following MOH Website: 


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

Non-urgent community referrals for Plain Film imaging are usually booked within 2 to 5 working days.  Urgent referrals are performed upon patient presentation.

Non-urgent community referrals for Ultrasound imaging are usually booked within 6 to 8 weeks.  Urgent referrals are performed in discussion with the department.  

The CT and Ultrasound Scanning Services in Oamaru are a mix public/private service. 
Publicly funded scanning are provided for patients referred from the Oamaru Hospital Inpatient Service and the Oamaru Hospital 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.  Prior approval by ACC or Insurance Companies may be required in some cases.  For current pricing please click here.
The department operates from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  Urgent only services are provided after working hours.

The hospital has upgraded the department to the following equipment:
- Shimadzu RadSpeed General X-ray Machine
- Shimadzu MobileArt Plus X-ray Machine
- GE Logiq E9 Ultrasound Machine
- Siemens Somatom Emotion 16 Slice CT Scanner
- CR
- Mini PACS
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Hospital Laboratory (SDHB regional service)

Direct Dial No: 0800 101 444 
Open from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
Home visits can be arranged.
Southern Community Laboratory provides a 24 hour cover for Oamaru Hospital.
Procedures carried out are: Routine blood tests, cholesterol and lipid tests and specialist tests. 
Collection of specimens and delivery of results to the Oamaru General Practitioner are carried out three times a day.
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Public Health (SDHB regional service)

- Assessment, advice, education, health promotion and support for Child & Family Health through schools, groups in the community, covering drugs, alcohol, sexuality and behavioural problems, as well as liaisons between appropriate services.
- Health Protection and follow up of notifiable diseases.
- Vision and hearing testing in the schools with clinics and also at the hospital
- Support person in cases of child abuse and family abuse.
- They also work within the TOPS programme, provide support for the unemployed and community groups.
- Self referral clinics.
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Community Mental Health (SDHB regional service)

Community based service.
Providing a wide range of couselling services, ie major psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug-related problems, behavioural problems. 
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Mobile Surgical Bus

The Mobile Surgical Bus, which is a specially equipped mobile operating threater, is hosted by Oamaru Hospital on a 5-weekly interval and brings day surgery facilities to the people of Oamaru.  This eliminates the need for Oamaru patients to travel to main centres to receive low risk operations.  The hospital currently has a Surgeon, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and an ENT Surgeon performing a range of day surgical procedures in the Bus.  Patients stay in the hospital's recovery area for a minimum of four hours after their procedure and a hospital nurse contacts them the day following their discharge to monitor their recovery.    
For more information about the Mobile Surgical Services please visit their website at www.mobilesurgical.co.nz
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Outpatient Clinics at Oamaru Hospital


Clinic Frequency
Audiology Once a month
Cardiac Rehabilitation          Once a week plus home visits
Cataract Assessments When required (nurse led)
Chemotherapy Once a week
Continence Twice a month
Dermatology Once every two months
Diabetes (Endocrinology) Once a month
Diabetes Education Twice a week
Diabetes Photography (Eye) Once a month
Dietetics Twice a week
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Once a month
Echocardiography Twice a month
Fracture Clinic Once a week
Gastroenterology Once a month
General Surgery Three times a month
Geriatrics Once a month
Obstetric & Gynaecology Once a month
Newborn Screening Once a month
Oncology Once every two months
Ophthalmology Once a month
Orthopaedics Twice a month
Paediatrics Once a month
Podiatry Three times a month
Rheumatology Once every six weeks
Speech Language Therapy Once a week
Medical Outpatients Twice a week
Stoma As arranged
Minor Operations Once a week
Psychogeriatrics Once a month
Pulmonary Rehab Per session
Respiratory Education Once a week
Smoking Cessation Clinic Once a week
Stress Exercise Clinic When required
Private Ophthalmology Once a month
Private Audiology Once or twice a month
Private ENT Once a month
Private Mole Map As arranged
Private Cardiology Once a month
Private Orthopaedics Once a month

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Outpatient Clinics - Current Waiting Times for Non Urgent Cases for New (First Specialist Assessment) Referrals

Please note these apply to referrals that have been "accepted" into the clinic.

Clinic Waiting List as at Dec 2014
Audiology  up to 2 months
Cardiac Rehabilitation           2 months
Cataract Assessments  4 months
Chemotherapy  as required
Continence  SDHB regional service
Dermatology  4 months
Diabetes (Endocrinology)  2 to 4 months
Diabetes Education  6 weeks
Diabetes Photography (Eye)  3 to 4 months
Dietetics  4 to 6 weeks
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)  4 months
Echocardiography  2 weeks
Fracture Clinic  as required
Gastroenterology  3 months
General Surgery  4 months
Geriatrics  4 months
Neurology Clinic  SDHB Regional Service
Obstetric & Gynaecology  4 months
Oncology  up to 3 months
Ophthalmology  4 months
Orthopaedics  4 months
Orthotics  Contact Orthotics Dunedin
Paediatrics  SDHB Regional Service
Podiatry  4 months
Rheumatology  4 months
Speech Language Therapy  2 weeks
Medical Outpatients  1 month
Minor Operations  3 to 4 months
New Born Hearing  SDHB Regional Service
Psychogeriatrics  3 months
Respiratory Education  1 to 2 months
Smoking Cessation Clinic  1 to 4 weeks
Stress Exercise Clinic  1 to 2 weeks
Wound Care Specialist  SDHB Regional Service
Private Ophthalmology  Contact Rod Keillor
Private Mole Map  Contact 0800 molemap
Private Audiology  Contact Triton Hearing
Private ENT  Contact Jamie Ryan
Private Cardiology  Contact Belinda Greene
Private Orthopaedics  Contact Michael Chin

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Oamaru Hospital Private CT & Ultrasound Services 
Service Fees gst incl (as at 1 Oct 2014)

Contrast Media 50 mls


Contrast Media 100 mls


CT Head


CT Sinuses


CT Facial Bones/Orbits


CT Chest


CT Abdomen and Pelvis


CT Bony Pelvis


CT Colonography


CT Pelvimetry


CT Spine


CT Angiography


CT Extremity


CT Leg Measurements


CT Bone Density


US Abdomen


US Aorta


US Chest


US Kidneys


US Limb


US Neck


US Pelvis


US Pregnancy


US Nuchal Translucency


US Post Partum


US Spleen


US Testes


US Thyroid


US Urinary Bladder


US Achilles Tendon


US Kidney, Ureter, Bladder


US Kidney, Prostate, Bladder


US Groin


US Subcutaneous


US Abdomen & Pelvis


US Renal Tracts


US Musculoskeletal


US Skeletal (miscellaneous)


US Female Pelvis


Immigration & Non Medical CXRs