News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Gastroenterology Relocation

3 February 2005

On Thursday, 3 February 2005 the $2.63 million extension of the Gastroenterology Department at Christchurch Hospital, was officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Annette King.

The new facilities include a Bronchoscopy Unit for the Department of Respiratory Medicine, as well as three Endoscopy Units for the Department of Gastroenterology and Endoscopic Surgeons. This will allow an increase in provision for endoscopy services, and moves the department into the twenty-first century.

Increased nursing staff have been hired to cope with the increase in patient turnover, and the new Recovery Area is almost double the size of the old area, and will allow a greater turnover of patients. A new appointment for consultant gastroenterologist is also in the pipeline.

There is a dedicated area for Gastrointestinal Motility Investigations, and office space for Nurse Specialists in the areas of Hepatitis C, PEG feeding, and Familial Bowel Cancer Registry. There is also space for the research being done in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, with Dr Richard Gearry, senior registrar and other drug trials which the department is involves in. Christchurch was the largest recruiter in Australasia for a recent study, and the unit has won respect throughout for the high quality research being done.

Patients will be much more comfortable in this new department. The newly developed receptions area shares space with Nuclear Medicine, but there are special interview rooms to ensure patient privacy, and an area set aside for relatives and patients once they have recovered from the procedures.

Christchurch Hospital offers a tertiary Gastroenterology service for the South Island and has the only facility for capsule endoscopy, which was donated through the Christchurch Liver and Diseases Trust. There are many therapeutic procedures that can not be performed endoscopically including clipping of bleeding vessels, Argon Plasma Coagulation, and specialised chromoendoscopy. These will all be available in the new department.

“It’s been a long time coming.” says Dr Bruce Chapman, Clinical Director of the Gastroenterology Department, “Many people have worked hard towards bringing this about. I am thrilled for both patients and staff that we’ll now have a reasonably pleasant and safe working environment.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland