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Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.


The Nephrology Department at Christchurch Hospital provides regional nephrology services for people in Canterbury, South Canterbury, and Westland, comprising general nephrology, acute dialysis and chronic dialysis (CAPD and home haemodialysis). The department also provides Renal Transplant Services for people not only in Canterbury and Westland but also Otago and Southland.

The staff consist of five consultant nephrologists, two registrars, a house officer, a dialysis nurse manager, dialysis nurses, dialysis technicians, two secretaries, and a computer systems manager. We also have two renal transplant co-ordinators, a predialysis educator, a research/clinic nurse, a psychologist, a clinical nurse educator, a vascular access nurse, and an administrative officer.

Nephrology Staff

Clinical Director/Nephrologist

Dr David McGregor


Dr Penny Hill

Dr John Irvine​

Dr Nick Cross

Dr Suetonia Palmer

Dialysis Nurse Manager

Ms Wendy Cuthill

Service Manager

Ms Kimberley Reimers

Nephrology careers in Christchurch

The registrar posts are suitable for advanced training in nephrology under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. See our careers website at

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Page last updated: 14 October 2019

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