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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.

Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Department is part of the Canterbury Regional Cancer & Haematology Service and is located at Christchurch Hospital. It is one of only two public departments in the South Island that provide cancer patients with Radiation Therapy treatment.

Access to the Radiation Oncology Department is through the Christchurch Hospital main entrance where you follow the yellow line down to the Lower Ground Floor until you reach the Radiation Oncology Department.

The department currently sees 1600 patients per year with an average of 100 treatments delivered each day. The department's working hours are 7.30am - 4.45pm.

The centre has four treatment machines, known as Linear Accelerators or Linacs. It also has a CT scanner and a High Dose Rate Brachytherapy machine capable of delivering internal radiation treatment.

Radiation Therapy Patient Information Video

For more information about Radiation Therapy, please watch the video below.

If you are using an older browser and cannot play the video above, it can be viewed on instead.


You are welcome to bring family or support people with you when you come for your appointments in the Radiation Therapy department. They may accompany you into the room while you are moved into the correct position but will be asked to leave the room before your treatment starts.

1 hour tour of the Radiation Therapy Department

The tour is for anyone about to start radiation treatment, and their family and friends.

  • See the treatment machines
  • Hear about the Radiation Therapy planning and treatment process
  • Find out what you may need to do for your treatment appointment
  • Find out what support the Cancer Society can offer you before, during and after your treatment

Come along on the third Sunday of every month at 3pm. Please meet your friendly Radiation Therapist at the Christchurch Hospital main entrance. The tour will leave promptly at 3pm. For more information contact

Page last updated: 29 April 2019

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