Information about our current services and how to access them is contained within this section of the website. Please visit this page regularly as the level of service offered fluctuates to reflect volunteer specialist availability. The following list was updated on 14 May 2018.
Most hernia types, pilonidal disease, haemorrhoids, anal fissure etc.
Criteria for PR bleeding clinic
This clinic has been developed as a joint initiative between the Canterbury Charity Hospital, St Georges Hospital and Canterbury DHB to meet unmet need.
Please request PR bleeding clinic on your referral request.
Patients will be seen weekly at either the Charity Hospital or St George’s Hospital but administered solely by the Charity Hospital.
This service is for patients who do not have any other colorectal signs or symptoms ie have low risk of colorectal cancer
The patient does not have to declined publically funded treatment to be referred to this clinic.
Patients will have appropriate investigations and treatment (eg flexible sigmoidoscopy and treatment of their condition eg banding or injecting of haemorrhoids and biopsy of polyps). Subsequent colonoscopy may be required as a result of investigations and these will be done primarily at the Canterbury Charity Hospital or the CDHB for those deemed more urgent.
Symptomatic and screening
1. Symptomatic Patients
Unexplained overt rectal bleeding for six weeks or more AND/OR scores 14 or more points on the CPH colonoscopy diagnostic request form.
Note: Occult blood and faecal culture for microbes and parasites and calcoprectin results are required with the referral.
2. Referrals for CRC Screening
Category Two Patients as follows:
One first-degree relative with CRC diagnosed before age 55 years, or two first-degree relatives with CRC diagnosed at any age. Recommendation is colonoscopy every five years from age 50 years (or from an age 10 years before earliest age at which CRC was diagnosed in the family, whichever is earlier).
3. Referrals for Post-CRC Surveillance
Currently surveillance for patients with a personal history of CRC is ceased once the patient is aged 75 years – we will see such patients as long as they strictly meet our criteria for day surgery management, and are able to safely take the bowel preparation at home (ASA2 only).
Note: The Canterbury Charity Hospital is unable to offer a diagnostic service for the investigation of abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
We offer Tubal ligation, Essure (fallopian coil), Mirena, Gynaecology procedures and investigative laparoscopy for endometriosis.
Free dental and oral surgery services are provided by volunteers (predominantly by members of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Dental Association). Services are offered to patients from 18 to 65 years of age. A one off/non-emergency course of treatment can be provided for WINZ and City Mission clients as well as WINZ LSV (local service volunteers). All dental patients MUST be referred by a dentist.
The following dental and oral surgery services are provided:
Carpal tunnel decompression, Dupytrens contracture, Trigger finger, Bursa, Minor shoulder, Arthrodesis distal joints, Hammer Toe correction, Tenotomy Toe, Removal bone spur, Excision neuroma, Tarsal tunnel release, Toe amputation, Tailors bunion excision and Bunion surgery (minor to moderate day surgery compatible).
Cataract surgery for cases that are slightly below score the Canterbury DHB threshold or those experiencing significant daily problems can be considered for treatment.
Counselling is available for most age groups with conditions related to anxiety/depression, grief, ADHD, family therapy, group support, child behavioural issues, anger management.
We don’t see cases related to drugs and alcohol (in isolation), psychosis, chronic personality disorder, people who commit crime with mental health issues, patents with known suicidal intent.
New referrals for vascular surgery CANNOT be accepted for the remainder of 2018 although we are still working through the 2017 referrals. We will alert GPs once the services recomences via the GP newsletter and this website page.
Treatment is offered to patients with hand and face skin conditions and appearance problems that severely limit their ability to function in both work and social environments.
Any patient you refer must meet our criteria and the patient referral declaration form is your guide to determining eligibility. The patient must meet both clinical and financial requirements of the Trust. If your patient fits our criteria then we would be pleased to offer them FREE treatment at our facility.
Documents required for referral are:
Our services operate on the basis of goodwill and the flexibility of volunteer staff. It is expected that referrers work with the trust to provide the best outcomes for our patients. Canterbury Charity Hospital is a day care charitable facility; we do not have overnight care facilities on site.
The services we provide fluctuate from time to time dependant on the numbers of volunteer staff available at that time. We are closed over the Christmas holiday period, weekends and public holidays.
If your group would like to attend one of these evenings, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patient selection is important. Volunteer anaesthetists have agreed that we will offer surgical treatment to patients in ASA Classes 1&2 only.
ASA stands for American Society of Anaesthesiologists. New Zealand Anaesthetists have adopted the ASA system for classifying the pre-operative physical status of patients. Below is the classification, with definitions (often abbreviated as ASA1, ASA2, etc):
|Class 1||Healthy patient, no medical problems|
|Class 2||Mild systemic disease|
|Class 3||Severe systemic disease, but not incapacitating|
|Class 4||Severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life|
|Class 5||Moribund, not expected to live 24 hours irrespective of operation|