Please select a service for information:

  • Air Retrieval Service
  • Outreach Service
  • Burwood Spinal & Home Ventilation Service

Air Retrieval Service:

The Christchurch Air Retrieval Service (CARS) coordinates and provides inter-hospital transfer of patients by air ambulance to and from Christchurch and other centres throughout New Zealand.


  • ICU Department, Christchurch Hospital
  • Garden City Helicopters/New Zealand Flying Doctor Service, Christchurch Hospital


  • Currently this service transfers approximately 400 patients per year, of which 60% are urgent transfers.
  • The service currently uses two pressurised fixed wing aircraft; Beechcraft King Air 200 and Cessna Conquest C441.
  • 10 flight nurses are employed part time to provide 24/7 cover.
  • A Registrar is rostered on 24/7 who reports directly to the Specialist on call for the day.

For any further information, please contact:

Telephone:  64 (03) 364-0640, Ext: 81813
Fax:  64 (03) 364-0099

Telephone:  64 (03) 364-0640, Ext: 89497
Mobile:  027-2900970
Fax:  64 (03) 364-0099


Outreach Service:

The Outreach service provides education and support to:

  • Help identify and manage deteriorating patients
  • Help staff to make referrals to ICU
  • Provide a follow up service of discharged patients
  • Collect data and identify areas of patient safety and staff support.

Christchurch Hospital Early Warning Score & Management Pathway

          These were introduced by ICU in 2008, to support the management of increasingly complex patients in the ward environment.  It provides a pathway for early identification of critically ill patients, and timely appropriate management during patient instability.

             Intensive Care Outreach enables early referral to specialist advice from ICU to support the management of these patients until stabilisation on the ward, or timely transfer to the ICU.

             The ICU Outreach team consists of both an Intensive Care Outreach Nurse and Registrar to review patients, in consultation with an ICU Specialist.  This service is available to all patients in Christchurch Hospital including Child Health and Christchurch Women's Hospital.

ContactJustine Kime
Outreach Nurse Specialist
                   Telephone:  64 (03) 364-0640, Ext: 89372

Burwood Spinal & Home Ventilation Service:

The Intensive Care Department Technologists:

  • Provide a weekly service to the Burwood Spinal Unit to calibrate in house ventilators and trouble shoot any problems experienced with ventilated patients.
  • Travel into the homes and communities of patients being discharged on a ventilator.
  • Provide help with training and confidence for families, local ICU's and large carer groups.

Contact:  Jane Carter-Schofield
                Charge Technologist
                Telephone:  64 (03) 364-0640, Ext 89398




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