Hospital support services


Te Whatu Ora Whanganui - Whanganui Hospital has one Ecumenical Chaplain and one Roman Catholic Chaplain who visit the wards regularly. They can mediate for and counsel patients and their families on spiritual concerns and offer prayer, spiritual guidance and the sacraments.

The Ecumenical Chaplain is available regardless of a patient’s religious beliefs. The Ecumenical Chaplain, or his locum, are on call 24 hours a day. If the Catholic Chaplain is unavailable, Catholic parish priests may be called.

The Chapel/Whare Karakia is available to you and your family/whanau at any time, whether you are in the habit of Church attendance or not. Services are held at 10am each Sunday. If you would like to attend, please tell your nurse early on Sunday morning. A hearing aid induction loop area is included in the Chapel.

The chapel is located on the first floor of the main hospital building and open 24 hours a day.

Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace (JPs) are members of the community appointed by the Governor General to carry out Ministerial duties such as:

  • witnessing signatures
  • certifying documents
  • the witnessing of land transfers and other documents
  • the taking of declarations, affidavits or affirmations.

JPs are available at the hospital to help you with any of the above. Please ask a staff member. 

Meals and accommodation


We have a range of meal and accommodation options at the hospital. 


MedLab (Laboratory)

MedLab tests samples from patients referred by GPs, specialists, midwives and other medical referrers and is based at the hospital at 100 Heads Road. 

Opening hours 7.30am to 5pm weekdays. Closed weekends and public holidays. 


Disability support


We have a number of features and services at Whanganui Hospital available to help disabled people feel more at ease.




Patients and visitors can use Inspire Net's free wi-fi while in the hospital grounds.  


1. From your mobile device’s home screen, navigate to the WiFi options via Settings

2. Ensure the WiFi ‘switch’ is turned on

3. From the available networks, choose ‘WDHB_FreeWiFi_by_InspireNet’

4. Once connected, you should receive the ‘landing page’ (

5. Click on the ‘Accept’ button.

ATM/Cash machine

There is a cash machine located at the entrance to the main hospital building.