48 patients with gunshot wounds being treated at Christchurch Hospital after firearms incident
Forty-eight patients, ranging from young children to adults with gunshot wounds are being treated at Christchurch
Hospital. Injuries range from critical to minor. Additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health
facilities in the community.
Twelve operating theatres are currently in use and due to the nature of some of the injuries, many people will need
multiple surgeries. There is sufficient capacity and staff at Christchurch Hospital and the police cordon has been
lifted from the site, so people who need emergency health care can now attend the Christchurch Hospital Emergency
We have asked for some national services, which are usually provided in Christchurch, to be diverted to other centres
e.g spinal cord injury service. We are grateful for the offers of support from other DHBs and from our staff who have
offered to work longer shifts, with many volunteering to come in and help.
Around 200 family members are on site awaiting news of their family members. Together with police we are providing
support to these people.
Unless it’s essential, we ask that people don’t come to visit patients Christchurch Hospital, as we are trying to reduce
the numbers of people on the hospital site.
We have representatives from the mosque and the Muslim community with us, and interpreters to assist with
Women due to give birth have been contacted by the maternity team to advise them they should go to one of our community
maternity units unless they need hospital level care. Lead Maternity Carers and midwives have been informed of this.
Once we have provided for the medical needs of those injured, and the wellbeing of their families and whanau, we will be
able to focus on the psychosocial wellbeing of our wider Canterbury community.
We envisage we will see an increasing demand for wellbeing support over the coming days and weeks as the reality and
enormity of what has happened in our city today sinks in.
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.