The Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) - North Shore Hospital Campus, Waitematā DHB
About our Elective Surgery Centre
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) is currently limiting its provision of elective surgery/procedures for the population of the Waitemata District.
Urgent elective surgery (planned for ESC or North Shore Hospital) will be prioritised across all Waitemata DHB theatres. Relative to this prioritisation a member of our team will be in contact with you to advise.
If you have any queries please use the numbers below
- Orthopaedic Surgery (i.e. hips, knees, spine and joint surgery)– 09 443 9072
- Gynaecology or Urology Surgery – 09 484 6026
- General Surgery (e.g. colorectal, breast and skin surgery) – 09 484 6097
Waitematā District Health Board’s (DHB) Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) opened in July 2013. The stand-alone facility is situated in the heart of the North Shore Hospital campus, off Shakespeare Road in Takapuna and is dedicated solely to providing uninterrupted elective surgical procedures (non-emergency) for the growing population of the Waitematā District.
The state of the art hospital has been designed around a specific model of patient care that addresses an increasing demand for elective surgical procedures to be performed within a growing and ageing population. The Waitematā district is the fastest growing of all New Zealand’s 20 DHBs.
The aim of the ESC has been to create the most productive and cost-effective surgical public hospital in the country. The building and its team has been designed to allow a greater flow of patients from admission to discharge, whilst maintaining a very high level of patient care and comfort. This has allowed the DHB to increase the number of elective procedures performed in total and reduce the overall cost of this workload, to allow the savings to be re-invested into other areas. The specific model of care within the ESC is at the forefront of global trends in healthcare. It simply separates elective services from emergency/acute care, which in turn creates efficiencies and productivity by having an uninterrupted service all year round. Other initiatives include grouping patients together who are having the same type of surgical procedure and by having dedicated teams of clinicians working together collaboratively to support shorter patient journeys in hospital.
The ESC, with its four operating theatres, forty inpatient beds, twelve bedded recovery room, stand-alone sterilising department and separate Outpatient Department, aims to increase its numbers of elective surgery, year on year, until it reaches capacity. It is expected that the unit will be able to undertake 5,500 procedures per year.
Previous Patient Feedback
To read what some of our previous patients have said about their experience at the ESC click here.
Patient & Visitor Information
Your ESC Journey
Welcome to Waitematā District Health Board’s Elective Surgery Centre (ESC).… More
The First Appointment
After you have been to your GP and they have referred you to see a specialist for your treatment, you will have to come for what is called a ‘First Specialist Appointment’.… More
Someone to Speak to
It can be quite a stressful time preparing for an operation in hospital, so we have a small team of nurses called peri-operative coordinators who oversee your journey from when you are confirmed as requiring surgery, until your surgery date.… More
What Happens on the Day of Surgery?
On the day of surgery, we ask that you follow these simple five steps to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day:… More
Frequently Asked Questions
“Now I’ve got my letter confirming the date, what happens before I come in for my operation?” – The day before your operation, you will be called by one of our nurses, who will discuss with you when you should stop eating and drinking, prior to surgery.… More
You can contact us for more information on (09) 484 6000 between 7 am and 5 pm.… More
Meet our Team
Janine Wells, ESC Operations Manager
Betsy Scherer, ESC Cullen Ward Charge Nurse Manager… More
Useful Patient Forms to Download
ESC Patient Information Pamphlet
Self Assessment Form
Patient Feedback Form
Patient Registration Form More
Hip Joint Replacement:
Click on this link to view the hip joint replacement video… More
Internal campus map More
Photo Gallery of ESC
- What our Patients say (PDF, 355.5 KB)
Attached to the ESC is Little Grow café, selling top quality food and refreshments at affordable prices. The café is ideal for visitors waiting to collect their loved ones. Come and give them a try.
If your call is out of hours, there will still be a ward supervisor available to answer your call if it is urgent.
The ESC is situated in the main North Shore Hospital Campus, but separated from the main ‘towerblock’ building. It sits right next to the multi-level car park building. Click here for a map.
North Shore Hospital
Private Bag 93 503
North Shore City 0740
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This page was last updated at 1:04PM on May 7, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by The Elective Surgery Centre (ESC) - North Shore Hospital Campus, Waitematā DHB.