About Chelsea Hospital

Chelsea Hospital Trust is a private surgical hospital located in the heart of Gisborne. We offer the latest surgical techniques in a caring and supportive environment.

Our first class staff and specialists are committed to providing the highest standard of clinical care.

Chelsea Hospital is a private surgical hospital located within the heart of Gisborne city centre. The hospital carries out a full range of elective surgical services, catering for patients requiring short day stay procedures, through to those requiring longer inpatient care.

We endeavour to provide our skilled surgeons with modern, state-of-the-art equipment and theatre space to enable East Coast residents access to the very best in surgical procedures.

During your stay at Chelsea Hospital we aim to provide you with excellent quality surgical care, supported by exceptional nursing care, and hospitality services. Throughout your stay our staff will ensure your visit is pleasant and comfortable.

Chelsea is one of the first private hospitals in New Zealand to achieve Accreditation status in 1992 and, later, was the first hospital in the country to be granted a four year certification period by the Ministry of Health. Being granted such a lengthy certification period is a sign of the Ministry’s confidence in the quality of care Chelsea provides for patients.

The majority of our patients are referred to medical specialists by their GP’s or contact our specialists directly. Our patients include policy holders from insurance companies, self-funding patients, and patients whose surgery is funded under the public system. We contract with public healthcare funders including New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and District Health Boards.

If you are unable to find the information you require on this website, or would prefer to liaise with a staff member personally, please do not hesitate to contact the hospital directly on 06 8672237 or email info@chelseahospital.co.nz.

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History Of Chelsea

Chelsea Hospital was established in 1927 by Sister Brewer. Her goal of providing individual, quality, care to the community with respect and reassurance remain today.

Sister Ballantyne took over ownership and was matron until her retirement in 1947 when, after failing to secure a purchaser for the hospital, a supportive group of the Gisborne community formed a private company and purchased the hospital.

In 1959 the directors proposed setting up a Charitable Trust thus turning over individual interest to the wider community of Gisborne.

Today Chelsea maintains its Trust status and is registered under the Charities Commission. This status ensures that all surplus funds are reinvested back into the hospital and community.

Chelsea is extremely grateful for the historical and ongoing support it has received from the community and other trusts over the years.


A Commitment to Quality

Chelsea is proud of its reputation of providing high quality, individualised, care.

We invest in new technologies to respond to the increasing complexity of medical procedures, and the continuous evolving requirements of our patients.

Our investments are aimed at continuous quality improvement for the patient experience.


The Chelsea Hospital Team

Chelsea has a highly skilled and dedicated team who work together to ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable, well planned, and positive as possible. The hospital team is headed by:

C.E.O:   Debbie Gooden

Hospital Coordinator/Ward Team Leader:   Vicki Briant

Theatre Manager:   Kirsten Clarke


Board of Trustees

Chelsea Hospital is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who give their time and skills freely to support Chelsea and the wider community.

Mr Michael Muir:   Chair

Mr Glenn Morley:   Secretary

Mr Neil Mackie:   Lawyer

Mrs Ingrid Collins:   Community representative

Mrs Susan Kemp:   Community representative

Mrs Tina Karaitiana:   Community representative

Mr Sean Shivnan:   Community representative

Mr Greg Kassel:   Medical Trustee

Mr Ian Burton:   Medical Trustee

Dr Bernd Stoltenberg:   Medical Trustee


Friends of Chelsea

Chelsea Hospital is a community trust hospital. As such it aims to give back to the community wherever it can. It is exceptionally fortunate to have the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Chelsea, a voluntary team who work tirelessly to raise money to support the hospitals wider community objectives.

A number of fundraising activities are carried out each year and, money from these, together with membership subscriptions and donations go towards funding a variety of projects such as specialised equipment and hospital improvements.

New members and donations are always welcome. Please enquire at reception.

See below for membership fees.


Membership fees

Annual single membership: $15

Dual membership $30

Single life membership $150

As this is a registered trust any subscription/donations are eligible for tax relief from the IRD.