Mon, Oct 31, 2022 6:00 AM

Churchill Hospital – cultivating better health outcomes


Tessa Jaine

Churchill Private Hospital Charitable Trust since 1984, Churchill shares a mutually beneficial relationship with Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough. General manager, Nicki Stretch says having a private hospital in Marlborough helps to attract medical specialists to the region and increases health resources that benefit our community. “Whether patients are covered by ACC, health insurance, or are self-funded, many no longer need to travel out-of-town for consultations or surgery, and it relieves some pressure off the public waiting list too.”

The team at Churchill Hospital are committed to delivering excellent, patient-centered care, providing the facilities and staff to enable specialists to undertake private surgery for their patients in Marlborough. They offer a broad range of surgical services including general and laparoscopic surgery, endoscopy, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery and urology.

Churchill Hospital have fifteen surgeons that consult and operate at Churchill Hospital. Seven of those are visiting surgeons, which enables them to cover a wide range of needs. THey have increased their gynaecology services with three specialists available to see patients and also have visiting urologists, an ophthalmologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon working as part of the team. “We are always looking to increase the medical services available and identifying what people need locally.” Nicki says expansion plans are underway for the specialist centre. “We are definitely seeing a greater need for this. Upon completion, the extra facilities will enable us to further help our wider community.”

As a charitable trust, it is important to the team to give back. Churchill Hospital not only focus on providing the highest standard of health care to their patients, but also support the wellbeing of the Marlborough community. Their community donations programme has provided financial support to many not-for-profit organisations including Marlborough Riding for the Disabled, Hospice Marlborough, The Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough, The Creative Kids Trust and various sporting organisations like women’s cricket and tennis.

Churchill Hospital are also passionate about gardening for your health, which is why they have aligned themselves with one of New Zealand's premier gardening events, Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough. “This ties in nicely with a lot of the things we do here. It is an iconic event that brings many visitors to the region, but also gardening is good! It helps people to keep active and motivated and is generally great for overall mental health and wellbeing.”

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