View our COVID-19 page for general advice, where to get COVID-19 tests, and visiting guidelines for our hospital services.
See for the latest information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Canterbury.

Christchurch Hospital

Delta Level 2 visitor restrictions effective from Thursday 4 November until further notice

Screening questions

When you visit one of our facilities or access healthcare in the community in Canterbury, you will be asked a few additional screening questions as a measure to prevent the spread of infection. The kind of questions you may be asked are whether you have any respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – we may, for example, direct people with respiratory illness to a different ‘stream’ within our facilities to keep them separate from everyone else. We may also ask if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – simply to allow us the opportunity to let you know where you can get a vaccination.

Please arrive early for your appointment, be patient and answer the questions, as they help us ensure you get the right care in the right place. Remember, we are here to help.

For more details about visiting hospital please see our COVID-19 page.

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 - updated 22 September 2021

  • From 22 September visiting hours are 11am - 1pm and from 3pm – 8pm daily with only one person visiting at a time. Please check our COVID-19 page for visiting exceptions and the latest information about visiting hospitals.

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: 4 November 2021

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