6 December 2018
Canterbury DHB’s hospital shuttle marks a significant milestone this week. The shuttle service has helped one million
people get to and from the Christchurch Hospital campus in the four years that it has been operating.
The shuttle service started in October 2014 after work began to prepare the site behind Christchurch Women’s Hospital
for construction of the new Acute Services building. Because of space constraints, the existing public car park at the
rear of the hospital had to close, along with almost all staff parking. Parking on site was restricted to emergency and
mobility parking only.
Acknowledging the significant need for helping people get to and from the hospital, the DHB begun running two shuttles
between the hospital and the City Council’s Metro/Old Brewery public car park on St Asaph Street, a short distance away.
In the years since, we have increased the number of shuttles to four and have moved the whole operation twice, first to
the Deans Ave site (the old saleyards) in December 2015 and this year in July to the Christchurch City Council’s
Lichfield Street Car Park building at 33 Lichfield St – where passengers can now park under cover to catch the shuttle
to the hospital.
Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates says the shuttle scheme was set up as a temporary stop-gap to help ease
parking issues at the time.
“The hospital is a busy place with around 4,000 patient, staff, visitor and courier movements around the campus every
day. We know that parking in the area is difficult and contributes to the stress people who are already in a stressful
situation are feeling. We are still about two years out from a solution, so we appreciate everyone’s patience and
understanding during this time.
“We continue to receive overwhelming support and praise for the consistently dedicated and professional manner of our
shuttle drivers and volunteers. It’s a huge task to assist people – who are often frail and elderly – to come onto the
campus in a timely manner for either their own appointments, or to visit or support friends or family, so we appreciate
the hard work of everyone who helps keep the shuttle service moving so seamlessly.”
In its first month of operation the shuttles moved 2,546 people. Now there are more than 5,000 people a week using the
Canterbury District Health Board
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the
Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs
Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch
City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and
disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and
protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.