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Surgical Ward - Ward 3 at Whangarei Hospital

Ward 3 is a general surgical ward with 26 beds. Various surgical procedures are preformed here, however, not all patients admitted to ward 3 will require surgery.

Ward 3 consists of four, two and single bedded separate sex rooms. Toilets and showers are located in two blocks, across the corridor from the patient rooms. One at each end of the ward. Some of the single rooms have shared ensuites. The dayroom and balcony areas are located at the far end of the ward. Here you will find a TV and some reading material. The nurse’s station is central to all the patient rooms, as is the ward clerk’s desk.

During your day on ward 3, you will be cared for by three different nurses whom each work rostered eight-hour shifts. There is a ward charge nurse available Monday to Friday. Our ward clerk is also available Monday to Friday. Her job includes activities revolving around administration and reception.

Consulting Surgeons:
  • Mr Dunn
  • Mr Krishna
  • Mr McGirr
  • Mr Milsom
  • Mr Nixon
  • Mr Sanders
  • Dr Shan
  • Mr Snyman
  • Mr Sugrue
Each consultant has a registrar and a house surgeon working for them. The registrar performs a ward round daily, sometimes accompanied by the consultant surgeon.

If you or your family want to discuss your care or treatment, an appointment can be made to see your charge nurse or your doctor. Just ask the nurse looking after you.

When phoning the ward please remember that this is a busy surgical ward and restrict phone calls. When busy the phone will only be taken to patients in an emergency situation. We encourage you to bring a cell phone with you. This will enable your family and friends to contact you directly.

For helpful hospital hints refer to Visitor and Patient Information.
Bring your own medications with you.
Bring your own toiletries eg soap, shampoo, toothpaste, comb, razor.
Bring nightwear, slippers and dressing gown.
Bring any private Xrays you have.
Hospital time passes slowly and days are long. You may bring a radio, small TV, reading material and small crafts but please remember space is limited.

Hours: Open to visitors from 11am until 8 pm (Including weekends).  Anybody visiting outside this time without having made prior arrangements with the ward charge nurse may be asked to leave. These hours are strictly adhered to for many reasons, so please do not be offended if your visitors are not permitted onto the ward. Please do not be offended if asked to leave the room during visiting hours so that the nurses can perform cares for the patients.

Location: Ward 3 is located on the 3rd Floor of Whangarei Hospital

Contact: Ph: 09 430 4101 ext 8201


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