COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Spinal Injury

About Burwood Spinal Unit

Burwood Spinal Unit (BSU) provides services for people with Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI) resulting from accident, illness or congenital abnormalities.

We are a recognised tertiary service providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with SCI who live throughout the entire South Island and lower half of the North Island (Taranaki to Hawkes Bay and below).

We are one of two leading providers of specialist care services providing expert support for individuals with SCI and their families.  The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit provides SCI rehabilitation and assessment services for those in the upper half of the North Island. 

The BSU consists of a 26 bed ward and a four bed Transitional Rehabilitation Unit.  We offer inpatient services from the acute stage including pre-operative or other early management, through to rehabilitation and discharge planning.  A range of outpatient, assessment and arranged admissions for specialised services are also provided.  There is limited accommodation onsite for families and outpatients. 

We also work in close collaboration with the New Zealand Spinal Trust and the Burwood Academy of Independent Living

Message to patients

If you have not been seen by the reassessment team for more than 3 years, please contact us.​

Page last updated: 18 July 2019

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