Thursday 31 May 2012, 4:02PM
Media release from Canterbury DHB
The celebrations are set to begin from tomorrow (June 1) to mark
the 150th anniversary of Christchurch Hospital and extend to July
16, which is the 100th anniversary of Canterbury Health
David Meates, CDHB chief executive, says Canterbury has a
remarkable health system, which has served the region through some
extraordinary and challenging times.
"This anniversary recognises the significant role our health system
has had on the lives of the Canterbury population - from birth to
death," Mr Meates says.
"Most people in Canterbury will have had some experience with our
services either directly, or indirectly, during some point of their
lives and why it's important to celebrate the Centuries of Care
Christchurch Hospital and Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) has
Canterbury has one of the best health systems in the world and it's
built on a commitment to excellence that's filtered through the
decades, Mr Meates says.
Bruce Matheson, CDHB chairman, says Christchurch Hospital has
changed a lot over the last 150 years from its humble beginning as
a wooden building in a 'tudor gothic' style in the 1860s to the
current buildings occupying the central city location on Rolleston
"As our population has grown and changed over the years so has the
shape of Christchurch Hospital. It was entirely rebuilt in the last
quarter of the 20th century and has continued to evolve with the
addition of Christchurch Women's Hospital, which opened in
"Today it continues to face significant changes and challenges.
Many parts of the Christchurch Hospital campus have been affected
by the Canterbury earthquakes, with many millions of dollars worth
of repairs and seismic upgrades needed, causing disruption to both
staff, patients and visitors."
"However, our staff and the people of Canterbury have been
incredibly accommodating and understanding of the ongoing work that
needs to be done to ensure the safe delivery of our
A series of events has been organised for Christchurch Hospital
celebrations during the month of June, finishing with a special
anniversary dinner on June 29.
Christchurch Hospital opened June 1, 1862 and official celebrations
will kick off at 1.30pm this Friday with an official opening of an
historic display at 278 Antigua Street, which will be open to the
public from Saturday June 2 until Saturday July 21.
The opening will be followed with a planting of a native tree and
unveiling of a plaque in the Nurses' Memorial Chapel Garden next to
Christchurch Hospital and cake cutting at the Great Escape Café at
Christchurch Hospital for all current and former staff.
On Sunday, June 10, at 3pm there will be a special Ecumenical
Church Service at St Michael's Church in Oxford Terrace.
For media enquiries or if any media are interested in attending the
events, contact Amy Milne, Canterbury District Health Board Media
Advisor, 027 502 7523, (03) 364 4122, firstname.lastname@example.org