Wellington Hospital, New Zealand

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Wellington Hospital
District Health Board
Wellington Hospital.jpg
Wellington Regional Hospital main building in April 2020
LocationNewtown, Wellington, New Zealand
FundingPublic hospital
Emergency departmentYes
WebsiteOfficial website
ListsHospitals in New Zealand
Frontage of demolished old Wellington Hospital (photo by Virginia McMillan)

Wellington Hospital, also known as Wellington Regional Hospital, is the main hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, located south of the city centre in the suburb of Newtown. It is the main hospital run by Capital & Coast District Health Board (C&CDHB), which serves Wellington City, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast District.

Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt have a separate district health board, the Hutt Valley DHB, and a separate hospital, Hutt Hospital, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Boulcott.

Wellington Hospital is the Wellington Region's main tertiary hospital, with services such as complex specialist and acute (or "tertiary") services, procedures and treatments such as the Intensive Care Unit, cardiac surgery, cancer care, cardiology procedures, neurosurgery, and renal care. The hospital is a tertiary referral centre for the lower half of the North Island and the top of the South Island (specifically the Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington, Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough regions), and for the Chatham Islands.[1]

It is affiliated with the University of Otago and has the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences situated adjacent to the main hospital buildings.


Staff of Wellington Hospital in 1885

The first hospital was established in 1847 to address the needs of the Māori and the poorer local population. This was one of the first four hospitals established by Governor George Grey. He believed that the young and fit settlers would be treated at home but the native New Zealanders might benefit from the European influence of a hospital.[2]

Kate Marsden served here as matron before she returned to Europe and undertook a journey to Siberia to help the lepers. When she was subsequently accused of dishonesty there was mixed support from New Zealand. Reports here recorded that Marsden had referred to the leprosy that the Māoris suffered from. However, there was no evidence of leprosy in New Zealand although the native population did endure a similar disease.[3]

In May 2002, the Government approved the NRH Project, a major redevelopment of the hospital.[4] The project centred on a new main building, including a new state-of-the-art 18-bed Intensive Care Unit, a new operating theatre complex, and the uniting of medical & surgical wards into a single building. Construction began in 2004 with demolition and clearing of the site. This included demolishing the 1927-built Front Block, from which the entrance arches and steps were preserved. Construction was completed in 2008 and the new hospital was officially opened by Governor-General Anand Satyanand on 6 March 2009.[5][6]

In early 2010 Prince William visited the children of Ward 1 and some of Ward 2 (formerly known as Ward 19 and Ward 18).


Main hospital[edit]

Wellington Hospital has 484 beds, and provides children's health, maternity, surgical and medical services.[7]

Mental Health Services[edit]

Wellington Hospital Mental Health Services is a separate mental health facility on the hospital campus with 29 beds.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Out-of-Hospital Major Trauma Destination Policy -- Lower North Island Area" (PDF). National Trauma Network/Te Hononga Whētuki ā-Motu. February 2017.
  2. ^ Establishment of hospitals in New Zealand, Encyclopedia of New Zealand, retrieved 5 March 2014
  3. ^ "KATE MARSDEN". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia. 28 August 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Wellington Regional Hospital plan gets go ahead". The Beehive. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  5. ^ "New regional hospital". Capital and Coast District Health Board. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Wellington Regional Hospital opening". gg.govt.nz. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  7. ^ "Wellington Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  8. ^ "Wellington Hospital Mental Health Services - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.

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Coordinates: 41°18′31″S 174°46′46″E / 41.3086°S 174.7794°E / -41.3086; 174.7794