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Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) has moved.

Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department is now in the new Waipapa building (400KB, PDF), tucked in behind Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

Directions: Turn left when driving in off Riccarton Avenue and follow the signs for the Emergency Department. Emergency drop-off and accessible parking is available out front.

Please keep the Emergency Department for emergencies only.

Printable resources

The Emergency Department has moved

The Emergency Department has moved (200KB, PDF)

Waipapa Map (All Levels)

Waipapa Map (All Levels) (200KB, PDF)


With a building footprint of 10,450m2, the new Christchurch Hospital building (Waipapa) will be the South Island’s largest hospital building. It has been built to IL4 (Importance Level 4) standards, or 180% of code – the highest level for a building designated to an essential facility that needs to be up and running after a disaster. The building is fitted with 129 base-isolators.

Other features include:

  • 62,000 m2 total area
  • 13 lifts in the building
  • Built with steel framing (6,000 tonnes of structural steel and over 100,000 bolts) with a curtain wall made up of 1,300 panels.
  • Lots of natural light.
  • Significant seismic protection in the building – apart from the base isolators there is lots of seismic bracing, gaps in the stairs to allow movement and special joints in the pipes that run services such as hot water, steam and air conditioning.
  • Tower A (Level 3 – 9) – General Surgery wards, Vascular, Stroke, Children’s medical, Children’s Haematology and Oncology Centre (CHOC) and the helipad.
  • Tower B (Level 3 – 8) – Neurology and Neuro Surgery, Children’s Surgery, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer support, Oncology, Orthopedics and General Surgery.
  • Level 2 – Sterile Services and administration areas
  • Level 1 – Intensive Care, Theatres and Radiology
  • Ground Floor – Emergency Department, Medical Assessment, Acute Care and Radiology
  • The Lower Ground Floor has meeting rooms, shared work spaces and changing rooms for staff

Page last updated: 1 April 2021

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