Christchurch Hospital

Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary hospital in the South Island of New Zealand. The public hospital is in the centre of Christchurch city, on the edge of Hagley Park, and serves the wider Canterbury region. The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) operates the hospital with funding from the government.

Christchurch Hospital
Canterbury District Health Board
Aerial view of Christchurch Hospital
Christchurch Hospital is located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch Hospital
Location in Christchurch
LocationRiccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Coordinates43.5344°S 172.6255°E / -43.5344; 172.6255
FundingGovernment (District Health Board)
Affiliated universityUniversity of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes
Opened1 June 1862
ListsHospitals in New Zealand

Christchurch Hospital is the major trauma centre for northern and central Canterbury, and the tertiary major trauma centre for the wider Canterbury and West Coast regions.[1] It has the busiest ED in the South Island and sees more major trauma than any other hospital in New Zealand, and all but a handful of hospitals in Australia.[2]

The Christchurch School of Medicine is on the hospital campus, the school provides teaching for fourth, fifth and sixth year medical students, and is part of the University of Otago.

A new building, sitting behind the original Christchurch Hospital buildings, named ‘Waipapa’ was opened in 2020 and houses Canterbury DHB’s acute services. Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department is now located within Waipapa.[3]

The hospital’s helipad now sits atop of the Waipapa building,[4] and replaces the previous one situated in Hagley Park, 500 m (1,600 ft) to the southwest along Hagley Avenue.[5]

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