Central Otago Health Services Limited provides acute medical care, rehabilitation, palliative care and a full range of community services for people throughout the age spectrum.  Including:

Speech Language Therapy
Mobile Surgical Services


The Mobile Surgical Services Bus visits approximately one day every five weeks. 

A to Z of Services
After hours GP Services

Central Otago does not have an Emergency Department.
In an emergency, please dial 111 and ask for an ambulance.

After Hours GP Service is an urgent after hours healthcare service which operates from 6pm to 8am - 7 days per week

The nearest ED’s are located at Dunedin Public Hospital or Lakes District Hospital in Frankton.

Accessing the GP After Hours Service (between 6pm and 8am)

  • If you need to access URGENT healthcare please call Healthline on 0800 611 116

  • The phone triage service will take your details and if appropriate make arrangements for you to be seen by the After Hours GP service.


  • Please do not present directly at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde.  We do not accept “walk ins” - you must call and be triaged first.

Where are we located?

The After Hours GP Service operates from the rear of Dunstan Hospital, 29 Hospital Street, Clyde.  Please follow the RED SIGNS when you arrive at Dunstan Hospital.  This will take you around the rear of the building to the After Hours GP entrance way. 

Please DO NOT report to the Vincent Ward entrance. 

Will there be a cost?

Yes costs will apply for this service except for children under 14 years of age.  Payment is expected at the time of your visit. 


Our standard fees for patients enrolled with a local GP Practice are:

  • 6 pm to 11 pm                    $100 (GST Inc.)

  • 11 pm – 8 am                     $180 (GST Inc.)

  • ACC Co-payment                 $65.00 (GST Inc.)

  • Children aged under 14 are free.

NB: Additional fees will be charged for visitors to the area.

Unpaid debts will incur monthly account fees and any debt recovery costs will be on-charged.

Allocation of Home Based Support Services


See Medical Social Work


Blood Bank Service


See Laboratory


Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy


See Pharmacy Service




Cardiology Clinic


See Outpatient Clinics



Chemotherapy Clinic


Chemotherapy is available every Wednesday & Thursday.


NOTE: Chemotherapy is not a 24/7 service.


Services Provided

  • Specialist chemotherapy nurses 

  • Chemotherapy treatment 

  • Monitoring of clients who have returned to to the area following treatment 

  • Pre-treatment advice and follow up


The Chemotherapy Nurses also act as resource people.


Chemotherapy contact numbers:

Wednesday and Thursday:   Phone 03 440 4300     Extension 52653


Monday, Tuesday and Friday:  Chemo Questions:  Phone:  0800 292 963


Saturday and Sunday:  Phone 03 440 4300 and ask for Dunedin Ward 8C


Appointment changes:  Phone:  03 440 4300   Extension 52653 (please leave a message)



Child Development Service


The Service is provided in the home, community, pre-school or clinic.  Referrals from health professionals will be accepted by fax or mail to the Service Leader.


If a Therapist is unavailable a message may be left with the Community Health Services Receptionist.



8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday


Services Provided

Comprehensive assessment, treatment and intervention for children (0-15 years) with a diagnosed physical, sensory or intellectual disability and their families.





See Outpatient Clinics




Diabetes Nurse Specialist


The Diabetes Nurse Specialist Service is based at Dunstan Hospital, and covers the Central Otago/ Lakes District.  Clinics are held in General Practices and Outpatient Departments.



Dietitian Clinic


See Outpatient Clinics



District Nursing Service


Hours - Alexandra/Cromwell area

8:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Sunday


Hours - Wanaka area

8:00am - 4.30pm Monday to Sunday



Services Provided

  • Wound care

  • Palliative care

  • General care

  • Cardiac rehabilitation

  • Domicilliary oxygen

  • IV therapy

  • Enteral feeding

  • ACC community (home based) nursing


Access to Service

General Practitioner referral

Ward referral

Interdisciplinary referral



Electrocardiogram (ECG)


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Exercise Tolerance Testing


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General Surgery


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See Outpatient Clinics


Holter Monitoring


See Outpatient Clinics



Home Based Nursing


See District Nursing Service









Laboratory (Southern Community Laboratories)



8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday, then on an on-call basis


Appointments are not necessary unless for mictograph service (flow test) but a request form from a General Practitioner or Specialist is required.


Services Provided

  • Biochemistry

  • Blood bank service

  • Fine needle aspirate clinic

  • Haematology

  • Microbiology

  • Mictograph service (flow tests)

  • Skin tests for allergies  



Medical Social Work



8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday


If a Social Worker is unavailable a message may be left on the answer phone or with the Community Health Services Receptionist.


Services Provided

  • Allocation of home-help, personal care, meals on wheels, etc.

  • Assessment of home and social situation

  • Co-ordination with other community providers

  • Termination of pregnancy (TOP) counselling

  • Co-ordination of some aspects of terminal and palliative care



Meals on Wheels


See Medical Social Work



Mobile Surgical Services


The Mobile Surgical Services Bus visits approximately one day every five weeks.  Visit the Mobile Surgical Services website.






Obstetrics (private)


See Outpatient Clinics



Occupational Therapy



8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday


Services are provided in the Vincent Ward, clinic or at home.   Referrals will be accepted by the Community Health Services Receptionist by phone, fax or mail.


If a Therapist is unavailable a message may be left with the Community Health Services Receptionist.


Services Provided

  • Holistic assessment of the impact health issues and/or disability have on daily life

  • Training and support promoting independent management of disability or health issues

  • Cognitive assessment

  • Environmental adaptations in the home or workplace

  • Equipment provision

  • Personal care items

  • Household management

  • Splints

  • Pre-operation preparation

  • Stress management

  • Remedial tasks to improve function





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See Radiology



Outpatient Clinics



8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday


Referrals are reviewed to assess against the Ministry of Health criteria, and appointments are made accordingly.


Clinics available include:

  • Cardiology^

  • Diabetes / Diabetes Educator 

  • Dietitian 

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) 

  • Endocrine

  • Endoscopy *

  • Exercise Tolerance Testing^

  • Gastroenterology 

  • General Surgery

  • Gynaecology

  • Holter Monitoring^

  • Medical

  • Neurology *

  • Obstetrics (private)

  • Older Person's Health *

  • Oncology

  • Ophthalmology

  • Orthopaedic

  • Pacemaker *

  • Paediatric*

  • Respiratory

  • Retinal Photography

  • Stomal Therapy *

  • Urotherapy / Continence*


*Regional SDHB Contracts

^Joint Private/Public Ventures





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See Outpatient Clinics



Pharmacy Service (Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy)


A pharmacy service to the hospital is provided Monday to Saturday.   A Pharmacist is on call at all times. This service is provided to Dunstan Hospital by Budges Central Pharmacy in Alexandra.


Services Provided

  • Inpatient dispensing of prescriptions

  • Outpatient dispensing of prescriptions 





Physiotherapy Services are provided at Dunstan Hospital to inpatients, outpatients (at the unit) and as home visits if transport is not possible.


If the Therapist is unable to answer the phone, a message may be left on the answer phone, or with the Community Health Services Receptionist.



8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday


Services Provided

  • Treatment of musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions

  • Rehabilitation of neurological, musculoskeletal or other conditions 

  • Hydrotherapy at the Molyneux Aquatic Centre

  • Exercise classes

  • Provision of walking aids

  • Respiratory testing


Public funded Physiotherapy is also available through clinics at Wanaka and Cromwell. Contact details are available from the Community Health Services Receptionist.









8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, then on an on-call basis


All examinations require a written referral from an authorised health practitioner.   Appointments can be made by telephone 03 440 4304.   Some examinations require special preparation, which will be discussed with you at the time of making the appointment.


Services Provided:
  • CT          

  • Standard x-rays

  • Ultrasound and Maternity Ultrasound






See Outpatient Clinics



Retinal Photography


See Outpatient Clinics


Southern Community Laboratories


See Laboratory



Stomal Therapy


See Outpatient Clinics




See Health Shuttles and Transport







See Radiology





See Outpatient Clinics


Vincent Ward


Visiting Hours

11:00am - 8:00pm daily, or by agreement with staff


Services Provided

  • 24 inpatient beds

  • Rural Hospital Medicine including:

     High Dependency Unit

     Acute Assessment Unit

     General Medicine

     Palliative Care


  • Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (AT&R)

  • Post surgical rehabilitation

  • Dunstan Hospital provides generalist rural hospital medical services, with some specialist care provided in conjunction with base hospital consultants.

  • Day Surgery and Day-case procedures

  • Critical care patients may be assessed and stabilised at Dunstan before transport to Dunedin Hospital.


Access to Service

All patients are referred through General Practitioners, St John Ambulance or base hospital staff.








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