Dunedin Hospital is a 388-bed tertiary facility employing over 3,000 staff and servicing an Otago catchment of 181,500. Located in the heart of the city centre, Dunedin Hospital is the tertiary hospital for the lower part of the South Island (inclusive of Southland – providing tertiary services for a combined catchment of 289,000) and is home to all specialties plus a broad array of sub specialties.
The hospital includes Intensive Care, Neo-Natal Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units, eight main operating and two day surgery theatres. Dunedin Hospital also operates a regional helicopter retrieval service. Dunedin Hospital has modern radiology services, including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and interventional radiology. Specialised psychiatric hospital services and services for people with intellectual or physical disabilities are provided from Wakari Hospital (150 beds) and is located about 3km from Dunedin Hospital (a 10 minute drive up the hill).
Dunedin Hospital is a University teaching hospital with very strong links to the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences. Each year, Dunedin Hospital sees 36,000 emergency department presentations, performs approximately 10,200 theatre operations, 1800 births, and 23,000 discharges.
A stand out attraction of Dunedin Hospital is the close working relationship which it shares with the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic for the provision of education and research. This vital link with the Dunedin School of Medicine (New Zealand’s first, which was established in 1877) sees Dunedin Hospital as a teaching and clinical training hospital and offers opportunities for medical professionals interested in shared research, teaching and clinical work. The University of Otago, is New Zealand’s oldest and is considered to be the country’s foremost tertiary educator – having earned an enviable international reputation, particularly in Health Sciences.