COHSL provides acute medical care, rehabilitation, palliative care & community services

By: Central Otago Health Services  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Health Services, Palliative Care, Chemotherapy

• Wound Care  • Domiciliary Oxygen
• Palliative care  • IV Therapy
• General care  • Enteral Feeding
• Cardiac Rehabilitation  • ACC Community (home based) nursing

Access to Service

General Practitioner referral
Ward referral
Interdisciplinary referral


Chemotherapy Clinic

Available through the hospital on a part-time basis (generally every Thursday or by arrangement). Messages can be left for the chemotherapy nursing team on the chemotherapy cell phone. Messages are cleared regularly.

NOTE: Chemotherapy is not a 24/7 service.

Services Provided

 • Specialist chemotherapy nurses
• Chemotherapy treatment
• Monitoring of clients who have returned to to the area following treatment
• Pre-treatment advice and follow up

The Chemotherapy Nurses also act as resource people.

Diabetes Nurse Educator

Rural Otago PHO contracts Central Otago Health Services Limited to provide a Diabetes Nurse Educator service, which offers support, education, nutrition advice and health checks to people with diabetes.

Though based at Dunstan Hospital, this is a mobile service covering Wanaka, Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra, Ranfurly and surrounding  areas.



8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday

Physiotherapy Services are provided at Dunstan Hospital to
inpatients, outpatients (at the unit) and as home visits if transport is
not possible.

If the Therapist is unable to answer the phone, a message may be left on the answer phone, or with the Community Health Services Receptionist.

Services Provided

 • Treatment of musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions
• Rehabilitation of neurological, musculoskeletal or other conditions 
• Hydrotherapy at the Molyneux Aquatic Centre
• Exercise classes
• Provision of walking aids
• Respiratory testing

Public funded Physiotherapy is also available through clinics at Wanaka and Cromwell. Contact details are available from the Community Health Services Receptionist.

Occupational Therapy


8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday

Services are provided in the Vincent Ward, clinic or at home.
Referrals will be accepted by the Community Health Services Receptionist by phone, fax or mail.

If a Therapist is unavailable a message may be left with the Community Health Services Receptionist.

Services Provided

 • Holistic assessment of the impact health issues and/or disability have on daily life
• Training and support promoting independent management of disability or health issues
• Cognitive assessment
• Environmental adaptations in the home or workplace
• Equipment provision
• Personal care items
• Household management
• Splints
• Pre-operation preparation
• Stress management
• Remedial tasks to improve function

Child Development Service


8.30am - 4.30pm
Monday - Friday

The Service is provided in the home, community, pre-school or clinic.
Referrals from health professionals will be accepted by fax or mail to the Service Leader.

If a Therapist is unavailable a message may be left with the Community Health Services Receptionist.

Services Provided

Comprehensive assessment, treatment and intervention for children (0-15 years) with a diagnosed physical, sensory or intellectual disability and their families.

Medical Social Work


8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday

Access to the Service is by referral.

If a Social Worker is unavailable a message may be left on the
answer phone or with the Community Health Services Receptionist.

Services Provided

 • Allocation of home-help, personal care, meals on wheels, etc.
• Assessment of home and social situation
• Co-ordination with other community providers
• Termination of pregnancy (TOP) counselling
• Co-ordination of some aspects of terminal and palliative care


Southern Community Laboratories


8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday - Friday, then on an on-call basis

Appointments are not necessary unless for mictograph service (flow test) but a request form from a General Practitioner or Specialist is required.

Services Provided

• Microbiology • Haematology
• Biochemistry • Blood bank service
• Fine needle aspirate clinic • Mictograph service (flow tests)
• Skin tests for allergies  

Radiology (X-Ray & Ultrasound)

Otago Radiology


8.30am - 4.30pm
Monday - Friday, then on an on-call basis

Services Provided

 • Standard x-rays
• Venograms
• Barium enemas
• Ultrasound
• Barium meals
• Teleradiology facilities to Otago Radiology and Dunedin Public Hospital
• I.V.P’s

Pharmacy Service

Budges Central Pharmacy

A pharmacy service to the hospital is provided Monday to Saturday.
A Pharmacist is on call at all times. This service is provided to
Dunstan Hospital by Budges Central Pharmacy in Alexandra.

Services Provided

 • Inpatient dispensing of prescriptions
• Outpatient dispensing of prescriptions 

Mobile Surgical Services Bus

Mobile Surgical Services

The Mobile Surgical Services Bus visits approximately one day every five weeks.

Keywords: Chemotherapy, Health Services, Palliative Care

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