During Your Stay

Our staff are committed to delivering exceptional care.

Dunedin is currently at Covid-19 Alert Level One
Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do at Mercy Hospital. We ask that all visitors sign in using the NZ Covid Tracer app (QR codes located at entrances), or manually sign in at reception. If you are unwell, please stay at home. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Mercy Hospital a safe place for all of our patients.


Your surgeon will inform you what time to arrive for your surgery. There is plenty of free car parking available on site.
For more information about the Mercy Campus and how to get to Mercy Hospital refer to 'Our Campus,' or watch our wayfinding videoYou can also get Directions With Google Maps 

Our receptionists will be ready to welcome you - please report to either Mercy Hospital reception or Manaaki reception (depending on where your surgery is taking place).

All patients having surgery at Mercy Hospital will be admitted through the Coolock Day Surgery Unit.

If your procedure is taking place at Manaaki by Mercy, find out what to expect here.

Please do not wear make up and do not chew gum on the morning of your admission. 

Patient resources and rights

As a patient of Mercy Hospital, your care and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk your nurse or surgeon.

Patient resources:

Patients’ rights:

Return of body parts / tissue

Mercy Hospital supports the return of clinical tissue and / or body parts to those for whom it has personal or cultural significance. If your clinical tissue is unable to be returned due to infectious or cytotoxic exposure, we will respect your tissue and handle it with the care and respect that it deserves.

If you would like to have your koiwi tangata returned to you, please indicate this to your surgeon and nursing staff prior to admission.

Metal ware is not considered koiwi tangata and we reserve the right not to return explanted metal ware due to the public health risk to yourself and the community of infectious material and body fluids. In some instances, metal ware may be able to be returned if it is able to be cleaned to a satisfactory standard as determined by the sterilisation department.

Following your procedure

Day stay patients

Once you have recovered from your anaesthetic in the post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) you will be taken back to the Coolock Day Surgery Unit.

Once you are awake, feeling comfortable and are able to eat and drink, you will change back into your own clothes in preparation for your discharge. Nursing staff will inform you and your support person of the time you may leave Mercy Hospital.

If you are from Central Otago or Southland, please be aware that your surgeon may suggest that you stay overnight in Dunedin following your surgery. If this is the case, you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the night. You will be well enough to not be in the hospital, however, if you had any complications overnight, you can be easily seen at Dunedin Public Hospital.

Occasionally, the surgeon may ask you to be admitted overnight if the operation was more complicated than expected, so please prepare for this possibility.

Please contact your specialist or general practitioner immediately for advice if you become unwell or develop any of the following:

  • Increased pain, redness or swelling around the wound site.
  • Bleeding or wound ooze.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Pain, tenderness or swelling in the calf or thigh.
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain or excessive bleeding, please call 111. 

Overnight patients 

Once you have recovered from your anaesthetic in the post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) you will be taken to your room on McAuley Ward.

Your nurse will settle you into your room and when you are ready and able to eat, you can order from our Room Service Menu.

Room service

Mercy Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in New Zealand to offer room service to inpatients.

We believe that food is a vital part of recovery after surgery, and a significant factor in ensuring a positive patient experience.

Mercy room service gives patients the flexibility to choose from an extensive range of delicious and nourishing options on a restaurant style menu, anytime between 7.00 am – 7.00 pm.  Locally sourced ingredients and fresh produce from the Mercy vegetable garden are used to create the wide range of meals on offer.

‘Ward Hosts’ use tablets to take orders, and the ordering software incorporates dietary information for each individual patient, ensuring any special requirements or restrictions are taken into account.  Having made to order meals allows greater flexibility for diet changes or fluctuations in appetite after surgery.

McAuley Ward services

WiFi is available for patients. Your nurse can provide you access.  

There is a phone available by each patient bed for you to make and receive calls.  This phone has a direct extension number displayed.  Family and friends are welcome to call you using this direct dial number by phoning Mercy Hospital and dialing the extension number when prompted. You can also phone the kitchen to order your meals. 

Mobile phones may be used in all areas of the hospital except for the operating theatre, intensive care unit, or any area specifically designated for cardiac services.

TV, radio, newspaper
Radio, television (including Sky TV) and a daily newspaper are complimentary.

Health care providers
Allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, pharmacists and dietitans are available to assist with your care if required during your stay. The availability of these health care providers will vary according to their schedules. 

Breast Care Nurse
Mary Grant is Mercy Hospital's Breast Care Nurse.

An experienced Registered Nurse with many years caring for patients’ pre and post operatively, Mary is very aware that the prospect of undergoing surgery can cause a degree of anxiety. As Mercy's Breast Care Nurse, Mary aims to provide information, support, and education to women undergoing breast surgery at Mercy Hospital.

Mary is very happy to talk with you prior to your procedure, to provide support during your stay in Mercy, and also following discharge.

Mary's designated Breast Care day is each Wednesday from 8.30 am until 5.00 pm.

If you have any worries, concerns, or questions regarding your impending surgery and hospital stay please feel free to call on (03) 464 0107 and ask for the Breast Care Nurse. If the phone is unattended then please leave a message (including your name and contact phone number) and your call will be returned.

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