This ward has two birthing rooms, a birthing pool, and five antenatal/postnatal bedrooms.
PLEASE LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME
In accordance with NZ legislation your baby must travel in a car seat. Please make sure you are familiar with how to put your seat into your car and that your car seat complies with NZ Safety Standards.
Make sure you are familiar with how to install your baby / child car seat into your vehicle and that it complies with New Zealand safety standards. To find a local child restraint technician to assisting in fitting your car seat, please click here:
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On the day of your discharge please arrange to be picked up and plan to leave by 11.00 am. You will need to ensure you have a car seat to take baby homeand suitable clothing for baby.
Before coming into hospital, please notify your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) midwife who will arrange your admission to hospital.
In some circumstances partners may be allowed to stay in the unit overnight. However, this depends on whether there is space in the unit at the time, and is at the discretion of the unit manager.
McBrearty Ward offers flexible visiting hours.
To allow Mums and babies their much-needed rest, there is no visiting between 1pm and 3pm. During rest times we put up “Do not disturb” signs and visitors are requested to leave a message at reception.
Children are welcome during visiting hours, but require adult supervision. There is a limited supply of toys on the ward.
Toilets and showers in the ward are for patients only. Visitors should use the public toilet in the main corridor outside McBrearty Ward.
Please don’t visit if you have a cold, flu or infection. Pleases use hand sanitiser provided in the ward before and after touching a baby or new mother.
To access after 8.30pm and before 6am, enter the front doors of the main entrance to Grey Base Hospital. On the right hand side there is a red phone which will connect you directly to the front desk receptionist. The receptionist will open the doors and let McBrearty Ward know you have arrived. If you require assistance, an orderly or McBrearty staff member will escort you.
There is a card payphone in the main corridor on the ground floor, opposite the entrance to Hannan Ward.
The television in the McBrearty Ward lounge is available for patients and visitors to watch. There are no televisions in any of the bedrooms.
The Grey Star has a newspaper stand adjacent to the main entrance, Grey Base Hospital. The Christchurch Press can be purchased from Vibe Cafe. The News (Westport newspaper) can be purchased from main reception, Grey Base Hospital.
Page last updated: 14 March 2019
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