ASHBURTON & RURAL HEALTH SERVICES
|The range of services available at Ashburton Hospital are listed below, so just click on the specific service you require|
|District Nursing||Meals on Wheels|
|Elderly Care||Nurse Specialists|
|General Medicine||Outpatient Clinics|
|General Surgery & Gynaecology||Park Street Day Centre|
|Home Support||Rehabilitation Care|
|Other Hospital-based services at Communities within Canterbury in this Division are listed below|
|Akaroa Hospital||Darfield Hospital|
|Ellesmere Hospital||Waikari Hospital|
|Oxford Hospital||Kaikoura Hospital|
|Tuarangi Home in Ashburton|
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Ashburton Maternity Centre is a Primary Birthing Unit. Our staff includes Midwives and Nurses who are experienced in all aspects of maternity care. We work closely with your Lead Maternity Carer to support you in the early days of parenthood.
If you wish to birth in Ashburton we have modern fully equipped rooms. We actively encourage low risk women to make full use of this facility. For those birthing in Christchurch Women’s hospital you might want to consider transferring to Ashburton Maternity for your Postnatal care.
Four single postnatal rooms
One double bedroom
All rooms have lazy boys should you wish your support person to stay with you overnight
Two birth rooms one with ensuite and one with birthing pool
Additional services offered
Antenatal education classes
Breast pumps available if necessary for short term loan
Maternity Centre holds Pregnancy and
Parenting classes on a regular basis.
Phone the centre on 307 8483 for dates and bookings of the classes.
Radiology services at the hospital provide routine x-rays, CT and Ultrasound examinations. Patients are referred from inpatient services, General Practitioners and Lead Maternity Carers.
A Laboratory service is provided by Canterbury Health Laboratories and available on site. Patients are referred from inpatient services, General Practitioners and Lead Maternity Carers.
Much of the testing is actually carried out at the base laboratory but essential service for acute hospital admissions are provided on site. Blood transfusion service is also available.
The District Nursing services are available every day for long and short term care for patients at home. This service is for patients who require nursing care at a level greater than the Home Based Support services are able to provide. IV therapy at home can be arranged for some patients as an alternative to hospital care while undergoing IV therapy. Palliative care nursing support at home is also included in this service.
Elderly care is provided for with the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service and the best option for care is decided through this assessment process. The assessment services put in place supports which are required to keep people in their own home, as this is what is required by most elderly folk. If continuing to live in their own home is unsafe, then a range of care providers within the area provide rest home or hospital care for the elderly. Tuarangi Home is available for continuing care for the elderly and is a hospital within Rural Health Services.
Specialist General Medical care is available mostly on an acute admission basis for inpatient or day patient care. Where tertiary level specialist intervention is required then the patient is transferred to Christchurch Hospital which is a tertiary level hospital.
Palliative Care is also provided in ensuite rooms with facilities for family and friends.
Surgical and Gynaecological Day Patient planned operations are available of a general nature under the public health system.
Patients with acute surgical conditions are assessed at Ashburton and referred to Christchurch Hospital if the condition requires specialist care.
Procedures routinely performed at Ashburton are listed below.
Planned General & Gynaecology Day stay procedures
Surgical assessments for planned surgery in the public health service are carried out in the Outpatients Department during normal office hours.
Referral to these services is through your regular General Practitioner.
Inpatient or Day Patient is available for medical admissions. The type of stay is dependent upon the the reason for your admission.
Allied Health Services (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy and Dietetics) are available during Inpatient care.
This area of home care service is in two sections, Personal care and Home Help. Personal care is provided to support older persons and those recently discharged from hospital to care for themselves at home. Home Help is assisting the same groups with looking after their homes to a standard which they would normally manage if they were able to do this work themselves. Frequently persons at home have both services. The services are accessed by referral from your General Practitioner or other Health Professional. Government assistance is provided in most cases or private care if preferred.
Meals on Wheels are available by referral from your GP, District Nurse or other Health Professional. You just need to ask about your individual requirements and you will be assessed to establish your needs. The meals are available five days a week and in some cases frozen meals are available. These are helpful for rural people where access on a daily basis is difficult.
The following Clinical Nurse Specialists provide assessment for outpatient and community patients for: Diabetes; Continence; Stoma; Cardiac; Asthma; Wound care and Urology.
Please phone 03 307 8465 for more information about an individual service and clinic appointment times.
Consultation by one of our General Consultants or by a Visiting Consultant is by appointment upon referral from your General Practitioner.
The range of consultations includes:
Park Street Day Centre is a place which offers older folk -
Park Street Day Centre is open every week day on the Corner of Park and Tancred Streets from 9am to 3.30pm.
A Drop in Service for the elderly is available on the Park Street Day Centre's open days by prior arrangement. More information on this service is available from the Park Street Day Centre.
Park Street Day Centre aims to provide opportunities for members to maximise their abilities which enable them to live in their own home for as long as possible. Emphasis is placed on maintaining and enhancing daily living skills. You will be cared for by a team of committed staff and volunteers, especially trained in the skills required for Park Street Day Centre.
Park Street Day Centre is available to local citizens, 65 years and over, who have an age related disability and have been referred and assessed by the AT & R Unit. Assessment for Private Park Street Day Centre is available from the Park Street Day Centre.
A daily canteen service offers home baking and jam items which can be purchased from staff. Completed craft work is also able to be purchased from the sales table.
Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation care is available from the Chalmers/ATR Ward at Ashburton Hospital.
Patients are referred to this service from either their General Practitioner or a Consultant.
The service focuses on getting people back on the road to recovery and assists by using the multidisciplinary team approach to the care provided.