Emergency Medicine

Christchurch Hospital's Emergency Department is a busy department, seeing in excess of 120,000 patients per year. The department deals with the full range of medical and surgical problems and is the tertiary referral centre for trauma in the region. The acuity level of patients seen in this Department can be high, with an admission rate of over 35%. Patients may self-refer, be transferred by St John Ambulance or Police, or by their General Practitioner.

The Emergency Department has a team of 30 Consultants (a mix of full and part-time), 7 Fellows, 30 Registrars and 20 second year or above House Officers. There is a dedicated team of senior nursing staff who provide specialized nursing care, including triage of all patients entering the system.

There is a regular continuing education programme for the medical staff, held for 4 hours every Friday morning, including registrar teaching. The Department is accredited for advanced training in Emergency Medicine by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for two years. Current training rotations include ICU, anaesthesia, paediatrics, general medicine (often cardiology) and acute orthopaedics.

For further information:

Dr Mark Gilbert
Clinical Director
Phone: (+64 3) 364 0270, extension 80287
Email: mark.gilbert@cdhb.health.nz 

Or phone the Departmental Secretary on +64 (0)3 364 0270, extension 89614

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