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The Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is the sole emergency medical facility in Christchurch, and acts as the acute access point for all tertiary care in the Canterbury region.
The ED sees 72,000 patients annually, of which 48% get admitted. We are one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australasia and are the sole Emergency Department for a population catchment of 500,000 people.
The Emergency Department underwent reconfiguration late 2007 into 2008 and officially opened in July 2008. Throughout that time the functioning of the department continued, with a great deal of team work. The department is now a 55 bedded area which is geographically divided into functional areas:
Our Department serves not only the city but the surrounding Canterbury region. We also receive aeromedical transfers from other parts of New Zealand, especially from the South Island.
Christchurch Hospital is a 650+ bed institution with full tertiary care facilities. It is one of eleven hospitals administered by Canterbury District Health Board. All major specialties are represented on-site, with the exception of Mental Health. Neo natal and womens’ hospital are now on site. Hospital inpatient occupancy rate generally runs between 90 - 95%.
Special nursing care should include the 24 bed Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) and the 12 bedded surgical Assessment and Review Area (SARA) which nurses can, in certain circumstances, refer directly to.
High dependency care is represented by;
Other high dependency facilities include Surgical/Medical/Burns/Dialysis and Paediatric HDUs.
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From Specialist Emergency Physicians to training Registrars, and Medical students, we receive numerous enquiries from around the globe regarding availability of positions. The combination of a popular and successful training program, aligned with a supportive working environment and ready access to skiing, climbing and marine-based pursuits, has resulted in our positions being competitively held.
The advent of a Post-graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing at Masters level has further enhanced the desirability of the department, for staff wishing to progress professionally while being able take advantage of the local lifestyle.
The Department works as a team. This requires crucial input from people with a variety of skills; from social workers, clerical, department assistants and administrative personnel. There are new opportunities.