Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but do need to scan in, and wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at RED according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
23 January 2022

The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  1. All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  2. If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  3. All visitors must wear a surgical/medical mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable
  4. All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  5. Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  6. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information:


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

Professor Suetonia Palmer

Dialysis Nurse Manager

Ms Wendy Cuthill

Service Manager

Ms Karen Coker

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

Visit HealthInfo

For more information about Kidney Stones and Renal Colic and Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection)

Page last updated: 9 July 2021

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