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. All General Surgeons provide an endoscopy service which includes Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic interventional procedures including, but not exclusive to: stents, dilatation and PEG tubes, and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography.


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 Rene Van den Bosch - Clinical Director
Mr Gary Cooper
Mr Graeme Roadley
Mr Chris Gray

Ms Magda Sakowska
Sara George - Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Lynley Niles - Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist