Critical Care Unit


Ward size Visiting hours Contact details
6 bed unit (with remote mobile cardiac monitoring facilities) These are discussed on patients’ arrival at the unit:
  • compulsory patient rest period between 1pm – 3pm
  • maximum of two visitors at any one time
  • one support person may stay with the patient at all times.
Clinical nurse manager or clinical nurse coordinator on (06) 3481234 ext. 8267



Whanganui Hospital’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) is staffed by a dedicated and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary team which is patient-focused and promotes best practice for best outcomes.




The team provides the following types of health care, depending on patient needs:


  • intensive care (for patients needing to be on a ventilator or require constant observation)
  • coronary care (for patients with heart problems)
  • high-dependency medical care (for patients requiring non-invasive ventilation or high care needs)
  • surgical care (for major post-operative patients).

The CCU is co-located with the hospital’s Emergency Department, and Children’s and Maternity Wards to provide patients with a smooth transition between departments when necessary.

The unit has six beds and six telemetry units at its disposal, as well as a large family/whanau room with kitchen facilities and a television.

Some CCU nurses are also part of Whanganui Hospital’s flight team, who fly angiography patients to Wellington and other patients to specialist hospitals where required.