Support Services

​​​​Ch​ild Health Support Services

Referral to these services is arrang​ed by hospital staff.

Allied Health



Māori Health Worker

Maori Health Worker

Paediatric Nutrition Service

Nutrition Services

Nutritional Assessment and Treatment (Dietitians)

Occupational Therapy Service

Occupational Health Therapy

Physiotherapy Service

Physiotherapy Service

Psychological/Counselling Service

Child Psychology Service

Social Work

Social Work P1

Social Work P2

Speech Language Therapists

Speech Language Therapy

Interpreter Service

An Interpreter Service is available for people who are deaf or do not speak English as their first language. Discuss with the nurse in charge. Canterbury DHB's interpreter service is available 24 hours a day and should be used whenever a lack of ability in the English language could restrict understand of a patient's needs, rights and obligations. The interpreter service is provided at no charge to the patient and there are a large number of languages available. ​

Notify the interpreting service of your admission to hospital

If you wish to notify the interpreting service of your impending admission to hospital please email the service at or phone 03 364 0669. 

La Leche League NZ

La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they need to breastfeed their babies. The Ministry of Health also has valuable advice for new mothers on its website.

Child, Adolescent and Family Services

This service provides specialist community and inpatient mental health services, including assessment, treatment and education for individuals and their families.  It also provides consultation and liaison for general practitioners, schools and key allied health and social service agencies.  It also provides regional consultation services to the West Coast and South Canterbury.

Patie​nt Advocacy Service

This service is independent of Canterbury District Health Board. It is a free service and provides:

  • Information on Health and Disability Consumer Rights.

  • Assistance to the person to resolve the difficulty.

  • To raise with the health organisations and promote organisational change on issues which hinder appropriate care.

The service can be contacted by phoning 03 377 7501 (leave a message on the answer phone if the office is unattended).

Southern Regional Health School

The Southern Regional Health School is a state school for students from Years 1 to 13 who are too ill to attend full-time education at their usual school. They teach students anywhere in the South Island.  ​

Clown Doctors

The Clown Doctors mission is to bring joy and laughter to children in hospitals and lift the spirits of people in need.​


The Clown Doctors 

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