General Surgery

The General Surgery service is provided by South Canterbury DHB employed General Surgeons. We provide elective and 24 hour acute inpatient, day patient and outpatient treatment for patients requiring specialist care for the South Canterbury Region.  There are visiting clinics provided by the Plastic Surgical Services from Christchurch, there are visiting clinics and operating lists provided by Urological and Paediatric Surgery Services from Christchurch.


General Surgery covers a broad range of surgical conditions including, but not exclusive to: endocrine, breast, hepato-pancreato-biliary, colorectal, upper gastrointestinal, vascular, urology, hernia surgery, burn care, minor plastic and skin cancer surgery, laparoscopic surgery and trauma surgery.


General Surgery Outpatients Level 1, Timaru Hospital
Endoscopy Unit – Level 4, Timaru Hospital
Surgical Ward Level 5 Timaru Hospital
Queen Street

Contact Information

Patient Related Queries - Clinical Secretaries
S Richards - Phone: 03 687 2340
C White - Phone: 03 687 2342
T Ryan - Phone: 03 687 2343

Outpatient Clinic Enquiries - Charge Nurse Manager OPD/OAO
F Dynes - Phone: 03 687 2122

Lead/key Clinicians

Mr Chris Gray - Clinical Director

Mr Rene Van den Bosch 

Mr Gary Cooper

Mr Graeme Roadley

Dr Magda Sakowska

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Sara George - Surgical

Lynley Niles - Breast

Carly Bramley - Gastrointestinal

Bronney Mackenzie - Colorectal and Stomal Therapy

Coralie Bellingham - Stomal Therapy.