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 to 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



Te Whatu Ora Whanganui - 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.