Patient Information

The day of surgery

Your surgery will be carried out at either St Georges Hospital, Forte Hospital or Southern Cross Hospital. The information pack you received will inform you where and when to turn up.

Typically you must avoid any food, including drinks containing milk, sugar and the like for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You can usually drink water up to 2 hours before your procedure.

Where your surgery will happen

St Georges Hospital

Street Address 
249 Papanui Road, Strowan
Christchurch, 8014
Phone: (03) 355 9179
Fax: (03) 355 2057

Visiting times 
11.00 am – 12.00 noon
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm


Southern Cross Hospital

Street Address 
131 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch, 8013
Phone: (03) 968 3100
Fax: (03) 968 3101

Visiting times 
Mon – Fri: 8:00 to 12:30 & 14:30 to 20:00
Sat – Sun: 8:00 to 12:30 & 14:30 to 20:00


Forte Health

Street Address 
132 Peterborough Street
Christchurch, 8014
Phone: (03) 365 8333
Fax: (03) 365 8334

Visiting times 
Mon – Fri: to come
Sat – Sun:to come


Once in hospital

Before your surgery there will be a lot of processes to ensure your safety. This means you will go through numerous checks to confirm your identity and the procedure you are about to have plus any drug allergies you may have and so on.

Your Anaesthetic

You will meet your anaesthetist on the day you come to hospital. They will discuss your anaesthetic options with you. If you have particular concerns about your anaesthetic, please let us know so and we can make the necessary arrangements as these can be discussed with the anaesthetist prior to your day of surgery.