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Welcome to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department (ED) website.
The ED was one of the first to be established in Australasia and sees 84,000 patients annually, of which on average 48% get admitted. We are one of the busiest ED's in Australasia and are the sole ED for a population catchment of 500,000 people. We act as the acute access point for all tertiary care in the Canterbury region, including aeromedical transfers from other parts of New Zealand, especially from the South Island.
Christchurch Hospital is a 650+ bed institution with full tertiary care facilities. It is one of eleven hospitals administered by Canterbury District Health Board. All major specialties are represented on-site, with the exception of Mental Health. Hospital inpatient occupancy rate generally runs between 90-95%.
The hospital has several acute admitting areas for adults and children to which the ED staff can directly refer patients to following set guidelines.
The ED completed a reconfiguration in 2008. The department is now a 55 bedded area which is geographically divided into functional areas:
High dependency care is represented by:
The core business of the ED is to ensure:
Clinical pathways are used widely by the medical and nursing staff. They are used to guide care and optimise treatment and include the use of nurse initiated treatments such as pain relief and nurse initiated investigations such as blood testing and x-rays. The pathways are linked with inpatient pathways and with GP clinical pathways to enable care to be streamlined to enable continuity from past to present and future care.
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