Christchurch Hospital’s main entrance reopened with a temporary container entrance

Tuesday February 9, 2016

​​Christchurch Hospital's main entrance is now open with entry via a temporary shipping container 'tunnel' to allow people to safely enter the main entrance to Christchurch Hospital.

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Canterbury DHB chief executive, David Meates, commended the team who pulled out all the stops to get the entrance reopened over the weekend.

"Over the next two days we have a number of experts coming to inspect the glass canopy, and advise on whether there are things we can do to make it safer, or whether the glass needs to be removed and replaced with something else.

"Until we have that advice, the container entrance will remain in place.  I apologise for the inconvenience. Until we know more, we will not put people at unnecessary risk," Mr Meates says.

What you need to know:

  • The former two-way road on the hospital site, has been temporarily converted to one way traffic, for safety reasons.

  • The public have two options when dropping off friends and family.  Either the under-cover drive-in Christchurch Women's entrance​, or further along past the green water tanks, outside the Otago School of Medicine building where there is a temporary drop off and pick up zone.

  • It's signposted on the footpath, and there are volunteers stationed at this stop to assist people.

  • The former bike park 'cage' which runs alongside the green water tanks, has been brought into use temporarily as a secure walk-way for pedestrians coming from Christchurch Women's to the main entrance, ahead of new bike racks being installed.

  • The shuttle is still operating and dropping off and picking up patients from Hagley Outpatients and the new temporary set down area, outside the School of Medicine building.

  • Security, volunteers and reception staff can tell you where to go if you're not sure.

ENDS

Page last reviewed: 09 February 2016
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