Preparing for a stay in hospital

​​​Staying in hospital can be a stressful time for children and their families. We do everything possible to provide a comfortable environment for you and your child.

If your child is scheduled to stay in the hospital you will receive an admission letter from the hospital outlining where you are to go and what time.

Please take special note whether your child is allowed to eat or drink prior to arrival.

This is what you'll need to bring with you and what amenities are available for your convenience.

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Overnight stay

A parent/caregiver is encouraged to stay overnight, you may be provided ​​with a bed or a pull-out chair, and you may share a room or have your own.

Arranged admissions

If arranged admission, go directly to the department/ward which is specified on your admission letter.


Accommodation for out of town families is available, this needs to be arra​​nged prior to admitting at Christchurch Hospital, please ask your Social Worker at your local hospital to arrange this.

What to bring 

Bring pyjamas​​, comfortable clothing, a favourite toy, game or book (toys, books, games, TV and DVDs are provided by the hospital).

Food and drink for your ​child 

All food for your child is provided. Please notify staff if your child has special dietary needs. If your baby is on a breast milk substitute please bring this with you (the wards only s​​tock one type). If your baby needs to have a breast milk substitute during your time on the ward, your written consent will be required before it can be given. 

Food and drink for parent/car​​egiver

Breakfast and tea/coffee/water are provided free for parents. A​​dditional food and drinks can be purchased from the Christchur​​ch Hospital facilities or vending machines. Meals are provided on the ward for a mother breastfeeding a patient less than 6 months of age. Hospital meals can be ordered and provided for $5 if you are unable to leave your child. Payment is made to the Ward Clerk.

Change for vending machines etc can be provided at the BNZ located in the Main Foyer, Ground Floor, Christchurch Hospital.


Showers are available​. Remember to wash your hands often to avoid spreading germs to your child or other patients.

Laundr​​y facilities

Ward 21 has a​​​ washing machine and dryer for parents in the children's wards.


Bring valuables at your own risk.

​Internet access

​Internet access is free and accessbile from - DHB Public Wi-Fi.


There is a Westp​ac ATM machine located in the main foyer, Christchurch Hospital and a BNZ ATM machine located on the ground floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital.

Change for parking/vending machines 

Notes can be exchanged for coins at the Bank of New Zealand, M​ain Foyer, Christchurch Hospita​​​l.


Smoking is not permitted within any CDHB hospital or on hospital g​​rounds. Quitpacks can be arranged. Please speak to a staff member if you wish to find out further information.

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Page last reviewed: 31 March 2016