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Send us appointment enquiries using the email address on your appointment letter or the online contact form.
If you need to cancel your surgery or appointment, please call the phone number on your appointment letter as soon as possible and let the department know.
Emergencies sometimes require us to postpone your booking at short notice. We may have to postpone your surgery even after you have been admitted. Our staff will do everything possible to avoid postponing any treatment. However if this occurs and if surgery is absolutely essential, you will be re-booked into the next available time.
Please do not bring any valuables into the hospital unless absolutely necessary (including valuable items of clothing). If necessary, we may be able to store valuables and money in a locked cupboard or deposit them in the hospital safe. Any personal belongings you bring into the hospital are at your own risk. Canterbury DHB does not accept any responsibility for any personal items that you bring into hospital.
Please bring any documents with you that explain how you want us to care for you, including:
You can help your own recovery by learning about your condition on our HealthInfo Canterbury website.
Referrals are often a part of a treatment process, specifically a referral is when your family doctor (GP) or another health professional such as a physiotherapist will refer you to a hospital specialist if needed. Referrals are also possible if patients or their family/whānau ask for a second opinion, or treatment to be provided by another health professional.
A few specialist health services accept “self-referrals”, such as the Sexual Health Clinic. A self-referral is when you book an appointment with a service, rather than your family doctor or a health professional doing this.
In an emergency call 111 or go to your nearest emergency department.
Your general practice team (GP) are the best people to talk to about your health.
Your regular doctor or health clinic is your central point of contact for all your health needs, including:
Your GP team can contact hospital departments and specialists if something happens that affects your hospital appointment or treatment.
Hospital staff only prescribe medication related to the condition you are in hospital for. For any other medications and regular prescriptions, talk to your GP team.
Page last updated: 1 February 2019
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