Women's and Children's Health


Opened in 2005, the purpose built Christchurch Women’s Hospital and Day Surgery unit is an example of the CDHB’s commitment to continually improving the quality of care we provide to Canterbury people and the facilities in which we provide it. The hospital includes a Birthing Suite, Maternity and Gynaecology Wards, Neonatal Unit and School of Medicine.

Our Gynaecology Service provides professional, quality care for the women of Christchurch, greater Canterbury and other centres within the South Island. The services provided cater for women with acute and non acute medical/surgical gynaecological conditions, and oncology/gynaecology treatments including Brachytherapy and Pregnancy conditions (up to 24 weeks gestation).

The Maternity Service provides outpatient and inpatient care at a secondary/tertiary level to women of Canterbury and from other areas of the South Island and includes a Fetal Medicine Unit. Primary birthing facilities are offered at the Burwood Birthing Unit, Lincoln and Rangiora Hospitals.

Neonatal service provides 24-hour care for newborn babies with a variety of special needs. Currently we provide ten intensive care cots and 28 level one and two cots for babies with special care needs. Apart from those with cardiac problems, all newborns needing surgery are operated on at the hospital.


The CDHB Child Health Service at Christchurch Hospital is a regional service providing specialist care for children throughout the South Island.

The Service is made up of five areas including:

  • Children’s Acute Assessment Unit (CAA): 24 hour 7 day a week unit for assessment, treatment and follow-up of acute admissions for the Child Health Service
  • Ward 21: A surgical inpatient unit for all elective and acute surgery, for children aged 1-15 years of age and all children with Cystic Fibrosis and Burns
  • Ward 22: A medical inpatient unit with surgery for children under 1 year old. This includes the High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Children’s Haematology and Oncology Centre (CHOC): This unit is one of two national tertiary centres for the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with haematological conditions and cancer from around the South Island and lower North Island
  • Paediatric Outpatients: An outpatient and 5 bed day unit


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