COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Christchurch Hospital

The Emergency Department 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 will be available out front.

More information about wards and services moving to Waipapa is available on our Waipapa page.

Patient and visitor guidelines at Alert Level 1

Alert Level 1 visiting guidelines are now in place at Christchurch Hospital. Please check our COVID-19 page for the latest information.

Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary, teaching and research hospital in the South Island of New Zealand and provides a full range of emergency, acute, elective and outpatient services. In addition, Christchurch Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Australasia, treating more than 83,000 patients a year. Information about Christchurch Women's Hospital and Christchurch Outpatients are on separate pages.


Calling a hospital department or ward:
Call general enquiries on 03 364 0640 and ask to be put through to the ward or department concerned.

Alternatively some direct phone numbers are listed on the Wards & services page.

For enquiries about patients call 03 364 0600

Visiting hours

  • Visiting hours are 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm

    Please check our COVID-19 page for the latest information about visiting hospital.

Note: Parents and caregivers can continue to visit children's wards at any time.

Christchurch Women's Hospital visiting hours are different from the visiting times indicated above.



Street address
Christchurch Hospital
Riccarton Avenue
Postal address
Christchurch Hospital
Private Bag 4710
Christchurch 8140

In an emergency

In a medical emergency, call 111 and ask for an ‘ambulance’.

The Emergency Department is for serious emergencies only, not for long-standing or minor injuries or illnesses which can be treated by your family general practice team or an after hours clinic.

Enquiries and feedback

We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Christchurch Hospital.

Note: We cannot give medical advice by email. Please contact your doctor or the person in charge of your medical care.

Christchurch Hospital facilities at a glance

Page last updated: 1 December 2020

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