Specialist Care & Treatment

​Information about Canterbury DHB specialist care and treatment services.



The Department of Anaesthesia is based at Christchurch Hospital. The Pain Management Centre is based at Burwood Hospital


Brain Injury Rehabilitation

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (BIRS) is a 13 bed inpatient ward that provides comprehensive rehabilitation for people...



Cardiology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart (specifically the human heart).


Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

CNS's are registered nurses who are recognised clinical experts within their specialty and are based throughout CDHB campuses.


Clinical Pharmacology

Clinical Pharmacology is the science of drugs and their clinical use.


Cystic Fibrosis

The Canterbury Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service provides care for adults around the South Island with CF.



Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases.


Diabetes Service

The Diabetes Service provides a community and an outpatient consultation service for patients on referral from general...


Emergency Department

The ED annually cares for 84000+ adults and children and are a trauma receiving area. We service a population 500,000 and...



Endocrinology deals with the biosynthesis, storage, chemistry, biochemical and physiological function of hormones and the cells...



Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders.

Dental Department

The Dental Department provides specialist care in the areas of Special Needs Dentistry, Pedodontics, Orthodontics and...


Hyperbaric Medicine

The Christchurch Hyperbaric Medicine Unit treats a range of conditions ranging from decompression sickness and air embolism...



The Rheumatology and Immunology Service provides inpatient, outpatient, day patient and inter-hospital consultative services...


Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention and Control Service is a patient focused service and a key resource providing expert guidance and...


Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Diseases service offers both inpatient and outpatient services. The major areas covered by this service are...


Intensive Care

We provide a 24 bed Tertiary Intensive Care Unit for General Medicine, General Surgical, Neurosurgical, Cardiothoracic...


Medical Physics & Bioengineering

Medical Physics and Bioengineering provides scientific and technical services for safe, effective, and innovative patient care.


Neonatal Service

The Canterbury Neonatal Service provides a holistic family/whānau oriented model of care.


Nephrology (Kidney)

The Nephrology Department at Christchurch Hospital provides regional kidney care services for people in Canterbury, South...


Neurology & Neurosurgery

Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Its corresponding surgical specialty is...


Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medicine that uses radioactivity for diagnosis or therapy. Unlike x-rays, CT and MRI scans,...


Nutrition Service

The Nutrition Service is staffed by NZ Registered Dietitians and is available for women using Maternity and Gynaecology Services.

Nutritional Assessment & Treatment (Dietitians)

The Nutritional Assessment & Treatment (Dietitians) service provides nutritional assessment, treatment and discharge planning...


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of patients...



Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.



Orthopaedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.


Otolaryngology (ENT)

Otolaryngology ( Ear, Nose & Throat) involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or malformations of the ear,...

Pain Management

The Pain Management Centre (PMC) team provide a coordinated interdisciplinary service, customised to meet the needs of...



Physiotherapy is primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities through examination, evaluation,...


Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the "correction" or restoration of form and function.



A complete range of diagnostic radiology services is available at Christchurch Hospital, Burwood Hospital and Christchurch...

Respiratory Services

Respiratory services provide specialist care to the people of Canterbury and the wider South Island, including inpatient and...


Sexual Health

Christchurch Sexual Health Service aims to provide sexual health care that is client focused, culturally appropriate and of an...


Speech Language Therapy

Speech Language Therapy provides assessment and management to individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders.


Spinal Unit (Burwood)

The Burwood Spinal Unit (BSU) provides services for people with Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI) resulting from accident, illness...


Surgical Service

The Burwood Surgical Service is a centre of excellence dedicated primarily to Elective Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.



Urology focuses on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.


Vascular, Endovascular & Transplant surgery

The Canterbury DHB performs a full range of Tertiary Vascular, Endovascular and Renal Transplant surgeries.

Page last reviewed: 19 May 2014
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