Dunedin Public Hospital

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Dunedin Hospital
Southern District Health Board
Dunedin Public Hospital from Signal Hill Sep 2007.jpg
Dunedin Hospital from Signal Hill
Location Dunedin, New Zealand, Otago, New Zealand
Coordinates 45°52′10″S 170°30′31″E / 45.8694°S 170.5086°E / -45.8694; 170.5086Coordinates: 45°52′10″S 170°30′31″E / 45.8694°S 170.5086°E / -45.8694; 170.5086
Care system Publicly funded
Hospital type Teaching, Tertiary Referral
Affiliated university University of Otago
Emergency department Yes
Beds 400 (per 2015 audit)
Helipad ICAO: NZDH
Founded 1851
Website http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/
Lists Hospitals in New Zealand

Dunedin Hospital is the main public hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand. It serves as the major base hospital for the Otago and Southland regions with a potential catchment radius of roughly 300 kilometres, and a population of around 300,000. It is New Zealand's largest hospital south of Christchurch. Patients are transferred or sent to this tertiary level care hospital from smaller secondary care hospitals across Otago and Southland including Dunstan Hospital in Clyde, Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown and Oamaru, Gore and Invercargill hospitals.

The hospital is operated by the Southern District Health Board, formed by the amalgamation of the Otago District Health Board and Southland District Health Board. It is located in the central business district of Dunedin close to the university, lying between Great King Street, Hanover Street, Cumberland Street and Frederick Street.

It is a 400-bed tertiary hospital and is affiliated with the University of Otago. There are approximately 200 specialist consultants. Total employees number about 3,100.


The original hospital was built at The Octagon in 1851, and moved to the site of the present hospital in 1865.[1]

In March 2007 two wards of the hospital were closed due to a suspected outbreak of norovirus, thought to have been brought in by a patient.[2] On 16 August 2008 the hospital was put in lockdown for one week due to a norovirus outbreak affecting 73 patients and nearly 100 staff, blocking most visitors for the duration, and postposting 2,300 procedures.[3][4][5]


The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter taking off from the hospital helipad

The Ward Block building has a helipad on the roof of the northeast corner (ICAO: NZDH).[6] The building was designed with consideration for a helipad, and, after substantial fundraising, one was built on the roof in circa 2000. The hospital helipad improves patient care, reducing the need for ambulance transfers between a remote helipad and the hospital. Due to CAA safety requirements, only "Performance Class One" (twin-engined) helicopters are allowed to land on the hospital.[6]


  1. ^ "Hospitals". 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Bug closes two Dunedin hospital wards". New Zealand Herald. March 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  3. ^ McLean, Elspeth (16 August 2008). "Norovirus restricts access to hospital". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Hospital still in lockdown amid seven new cases". New Zealand Herald. August 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  5. ^ Schofield, Edith (22 August 2008). "Dunedin Hospital to lift lockdown". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Dunedin Hospital Heliport aerodrome chart" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 

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