General Medicine

The General Medicine service covers a wide variety of medical illnesses, such as those affecting the lungs, heart, brain and kidneys, that do not require surgery. A number of sub-speciality services are provided either in-house or via visiting speciality clinics.  These include:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology (provided in Christchurch).

Inpatient Services consist of:

  • 24 bed Medical ward – multidisciplinary secondary level inpatient unit which provides ongoing assessment, investigations, diagnosis, stabilisation and treatment.
  • 7 bed CCU/ICU – provides multipurpose level 2 unit for treatment of the critically ill patient.
  • A medical investigations unit provides diagnostic services (see MIU homepage).


Outpatient Clincs - Level 1
Medical Ward - Level 3
ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Level 5

Timaru Hospital
Queen Street,
Timaru, 7910

Contact information

Outpatient appointment office:- Patient appointment confirmation line
All other enquiries via main reception on 03 687 2100

Referral information

Referral criteria is documented in the Aoraki health pathways
Referrals can be made using ERMS to the outpatient appointment office.

Lead/key Clinicians

Dr Matthew Hills - Clinical Director
Dr Rachel Rowley
Dr John Wallace
Dr Thomas Caspritz
Dr Steven Slagle
Dr Camille Hemlock
Dr Ken Boon 
Dr Daniel Ching - Rheumatology

Associated Staff

Clinical Nurse Specialists for Diabetes, Cardiology and Respiratory
Allied health staff.