On 7 March 2022 Canterbury DHB temporarily closed Darfield, Ellesmere and Waikari Rural Community Hospitals (RHCs) due to widespread and elevated COVID-19 infection rates among our staff and community. Residents were relocated to other facilities that could provide safe and appropriate care.
Until we have sufficient staff to ensure the safe and appropriate care of their residents, the reopening of Waikari, Darfield and Ellesmere must unfortunately be further delayed. Residents, their whānau, friends of the hospitals and other local stakeholders are being kept informed but we have no reopening date for the three hospitals at this time.
Ellesmere Hospital is based in Leeston about 30 minutes drive-time from Christchurch. The hospital has 10 beds and specialises in the healthcare for older people (Geriatrics).
25 Cunningham Street
This hospital does not provide emergency medical services. In a medical emergency, call 111 and ask for an ‘ambulance’.
We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Ellesmere Hospital.
Note: We cannot give medical advice by email. Please contact your doctor or the person in charge of your medical care.
There is parking for patients and visitors on-site.
Page last updated: 16 June 2022
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