About the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

By the community – for the community

The Trust has been established by the community, for the community. Numerous doctors, nurses, health professionals and public spirited people have volunteered their time and expertise to help make the Charity Hospital a success. We provide a service to the area covered by the Canterbury DHB. We are not Government funded and are financed by donations, grants and support from the wider community.

The East wing of the hospital was opened in 2007 to provide day surgery facilities and medical clinics, but due to the changing needs of the Canterbury community following the 2010/11 earthquakes, a new 2 storey larger West wing was added to provide additional theatre space, an endoscopy unit, a dental unit, more consulting rooms and educational/research facilities.

Many lay people in the community help with the day-to-day running of the hospital. Together, we can all make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of our community as a whole.

Mr Philip Bagshaw, a general surgeon, recognised the need for a charity hospital when he realised that no government would be able to meet all the needs in healthcare.

He is strongly supported by his wife Dr Sue Bagshaw, who works as a GP in youth health, including mental and sexual health, and Christchurch lawyer Mr Richard Smith.

There are hundreds of professional staff involved with the day to day running of the Trust and they are managed and supported by a small clinical management team.



Our current Trustees are:

Mr Philip Bagshaw

Dr Susan Bagshaw

Mr Richard Smith