On this page you will find information about:
Please bring the following items with you:
Please do not bring any valuables with you to hospital.
Storage space is limited so please don't bring unnecessary clothing. Make arrangements with a family member or friend to wash your clothing as there are few facilities for this in the hospital. We recommend personal items be named and that you bring:
If you are unsure about whether you need to bring anything else with you, please contact the specific service/department or call the main hospital number 09 367 0000.
While in hospital, you will be looked after by a team who will work together to plan and provide your care. All staff who meet you will introduce themselves and wear a badge stating their name and role.
A team of doctors may be involved in your treatment and care under the supervision of a specialist. You will be seen by a member of their team, but not necessarily by the specialist. You may see different members of the team at different times.
The nurse or doctor will explain what treatments or procedures you will be having and ask for your consent before any procedures are carried out. For some procedures, such as operations, you will be asked to give specific consent in writing. If you are unclear about anything, please ask. Our team are happy to explain your care and treatment to you.
Research projects are carried out at National Women's Health with the aim of improving knowledge and care provided to women and babies. You may be asked to consider participation. We are also a teaching hospital for midwifery and medical students, so you may be asked if a trainee clinician can be present at your consultation or involved in your care. You can say no to this and this will not affect your treatment in any way.
Each day you will receive a menu with meal choices for the next day. Please fill in the menu and nutrition staff will record your choices. Dietitians can advise you on all aspects of your nutritional care. If you are on a special diet or you want to talk to a dietitian please tell your midwife or nurse when you arrive.
Meal times are specific to each ward but will be between:
Planning for your discharge home or to another facility is an important part of your time in hospital. We usually complete the final checks and paperwork in the mornings so that you can leave by 11am. In most cases you will be moved to the Transition lounge where there is a nurse on duty, on Level 5 of the main hospital building (see map) to wait for your lift home or other transport. Just outside the transition lounge there is a taxi rank and a five-minute parking zone if you are being collected in a car.
Care doesn't end when you leave the hospital. You may need a follow up appointment or, if you are a new mother, postnatal care.
Before you go home, your healthcare team will tell you about:
Please ask if you are unsure of any of the information you have been given. Find out more on the Starship website.()
You can download and print our patient and visitor welcome leaflet [PDF, 352 KB]() which contains general information about your stay at Auckland City Hospital.