Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary, teaching and research hospital in the South Island and provides a full range of emergency, acute, elective and outpatient services. It is one of the four main teaching hospitals in New Zealand. Doctors and specialists at the hospital, some of whom are British, also travel to major centres in the South Island to provide specialist clinics and operations. This is a major acute hospital for the city and surrounding area, extending referral services to the whole of the island; this is sometimes done through telemedicine, meaning that patients do not always have to travel to Christchurch to receive treatment.
The hospital is usually busiest during the winter, and employs an active liaison strategy with Burwood Hospital to ensure that patients are appropriately placed for acute and sub-acute care. The Emergency Department is especially busy at this time of year, and Christchurch hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Australasia, treating in excess of 65,000 patients each year.
|Hospital type||Referral/Teaching Hospital|
|Local language||English / Maori|
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