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Lakes District Hospital Queenstown Hospital Services

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    Lakes District Hospital is situated in Frankton, near Queenstown, and services all the communities in the Queenstown Lakes District including Garston, Kingston, Glenorchy, Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Wakatipu Basin.  Lakes District Hospital is 2 ½ hours from our base hospital by road and 45 minutes by helicopter.  There are over 1 million visitors to the district annually with a permanent population of approximately 35,000 people.  Lakes District Hospital staff see a variety of work with up to 1,200 ED presentations per month leading to approximately 90 transfers to secondary or tertiary hospitals.  Lakes District Hospital consists of 25 beds, a mix of maternity, acute medical, radiology, emergency and outpatient departments.

    In 2019, refurbishment work was completed which included the addition of a new emergency department, Radiology suite including a CT scanner and refurbishment of the Outpatients department, including Telemedicine rooms.

    Services provided include:

    • 10 beds for Inpatient Acute Care
    • 5 Maternity beds
    • Level 2 emergency service that provides assessment and stabilisation
    • Outpatient Clinics, Day Surgery and the Mobile Surgical Bus which visits every 6 weeks
    • Specialists visit Lakes District Hospital to provide outpatient clinics and day surgery for minor procedures
    • Allied Health Services physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, speech language therapy, dietician and district nursing
    • Diagnostic services of radiology, bed-side ultrasound, X-Ray, CT and laboratory are also provided. We have digital radiology at the hospital
    • Mental Health and Dental Services are co-located to the hospital and provide a wide range of services.


    • Dr James Reid

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Jennifer Keys

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Jeremy Leftley

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Peter Kyriakoudis

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Kathryn Day

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Susan Weggery

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Louise Venter

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr Charles Briscoe

      Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
    • Dr David Dixon

      Emergency Medicine Specialist

    Emergency Department

    In an emergency call 111. For health advice call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

    Lakes District Hospital's Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

    Open to all emergencies which do not come under the umbrella of GP care.

    Offers treatment and stabilisation of acute presentations and injuries.

    Patients may be transferred to Southland or Dunedin hospitals or the ward.



    Inpatient Services

    Visiting Hours
    11:00am – 12noon and 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Children are not to be left unsupervised on hospital grounds. 


    Breakfast: 8:00am Lunch: 12:00noon Dinner: 5:00pm

    Each room has a direct dial number for incoming calls only. To make an external call a phone is located in the corridor at the end of the general ward.

    Outpatient Clinics

    Lakes District Hospital Outpatients Department is currently being expanded to include three consultation rooms and two telemedicine rooms.

    Clinics are provided by visiting specialists from throughout the district.

    The following clinics are provided at Lakes District Hospital

    Orthopaedics Fracture Clinic, including baby hop checks Geriatric/rehab Surgical Podiatry Breast Medical / Gastroenterology Respiratory Pacemaker Diagnostics Incontinence Diabetes Dietetics Paediatric Antenatal Speech Language Therapy Genetics Newborn Hearing Infusions Diabetic Photography

    Wakatipu Community Mental Health Team

    A community mental health service operates opposite Lakes District Hospital.

    This is a day unit and does not have beds for overnight stays.

    Southern DHB Adult Community Mental Health Services

    District Nursing

    District Nursing service provides holistic support to patients in their own environment, allowing them to maintain their independence with dignity. District Nursing services are available Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm 7 days a week.

    For more information, please call: 03 441 0015

    Mobile Surgical Bus

    The Mobile Surgical Bus, which is a specially equipped mobile operating theatre, is hosted by Lakes District Hospital on a 6-weekly interval and brings day surgery facilities to the people of Queenstown Lakes. This eliminates the need for patients to travel to main centres to receive low risk operations. 

    For more information about the Mobile Surgical Services please visit their website at

    Wakatipu Community Oral Health Clinic

    The primary school dental service operates opposite Lakes District Hospital.

    Wakatipu Community Oral Health Clinic

    Meals on Wheels

    Meals are cooked by the adjacent Bupa Wakatipu Resthome and Hospital kitchen and distributed throughout the area by volunteer drivers.

    Chaplaincy Service

    Chaplain available via on-call roster.