Clutha Health First is a community owned integrated Hospital and Health Centre based in Balclutha, 60 minutes south of Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand. The Clutha District with a population of 17,000 is served by Clutha Health First, the only acute hospital in Balclutha.
The Health Centre incorporates the Hospital as well as a large General Practice Group. We are located in the middle of town and a large Rest Home is located next door.
Within our facility there are 15 Inpatient beds which provide a wide variety of acute medical, stabilisation, resuscitation and rehabilitation services, together with a specialised palliative care/family room.
We also have a wide range of Community Services, an Outpatient Department and a primary Maternity Centre.
Emergency cases are handled via the General Practitioners with support of the hospital based Medical Officers. Specialists from Dunedin Hospital visit regularly, minimising the need for patients to travel to Dunedin for some services. In the outlying areas Lawrence, Milton, Owaka and Tapanui have resident doctors and medical centres which service their communities.
With approximately 100 staff in the Clutha Health First facility, we can offer a wide variety of roles within a friendly team environment.
2014 Annual Report
The combined Annual Report for Clutha Health Incorporated and Clutha Health First is now available for viewing and/or download.
Carparking at Clutha Health First
Clutha Health First provides access to public parking facilities at the main entrance of our facility for our patients and visitors.
We have a total of 17 car parks, two disabled parks and one 5 minute parking position. The latter is to be used for patient drop off. Occasionally the car park is full, in which case parking is available in the public car park located next to RD1 on Charlotte Street.
Parking at CHF is restricted for use by patients and clients visiting the centre.
To allow us to provide the best experience for our patients and visitors, we ask that once this visit is completed, cars should be relocated.
CHF Wins 2014 Business Skill Not for Profit Award
Clutha Health First is proud to be selected as the winner of the Westpac, Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Skill Award in the Non-Profit Category for 2014.
Your healthcare provider has achieved this recognition after an extensive submission and interview process.
Our community is assured that Clutha Health First uses best business practices that is regionally recognised.
Opening and Visiting Hours
Inpatient Ward Visiting:
2pm - 8pm daily. If you need to visit outside of these hours, please call 419 0550 prior to discuss this with the patients Nurse.
Maternity Ward Visiting:
2pm - 5pm daily. Partners and immediate family have no restriction on these visiting times.
General Practice Hours:
Doors open, and telephone appointments are taken from 8.30am Monday - Friday.
Consultations start from 9.00 am.
Evening clinics from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.
Urgent clinics from 9.00am - 6.00pm.
Outside of the hours above, patient access is through our triage service by phoning 419 0500.