Forté News

14th May 2024

Welcome to our new CEO

We’re delighted to announce Michael Woodhouse has joined Forté Health as our Chief Executive Officer.

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18th April 2024

Canterbury Charity Hospital delighted at donation

Monitors, pumps, IV sets and beds have all been on the move, from Forté Health to the Canterbury Charity Hospital.

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18th March 2024

Farewell Phil!

He’s one of the faces of Forté, but after seven and a half years Phil Burghart says it’s time to say goodbye.

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22nd February 2024

Team Forté riding for the environment – and for charity!

More than 2,200 kilometres have been peddled by Forté cyclists as part of the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, with every ride putting money in the bank of two great charities.

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24th November 2023

Tohu reorua - Bilingual signage at Forté

At Forté Health we’re committed to providing a welcoming environment for everyone – it’s part of a commitment to excellence that helps set us apart.

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22nd November 2023

Setting the bar for sustainable healthcare

Another great year for sustainability at Forté Health

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7th November 2023

Building a sustainable future, one height chart at a time 

Sustainably produced height chart to be enjoyed for years to come 

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24th September 2023

Forté’s aroha to the Islands

Improving lives and supporting healthy communities is at the heart of Forté’s strong friendship with Rotary International.

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23rd June 2023

Forté launches new wellbeing programme with Synergy Health

Improving lives and supporting overall health and happiness is the focus of a new customised wellbeing programme available for Forté staff.

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7th May 2023

Forté Health donates Award winnings to Diabetes Christchurch

Ask Lynne Taylor about Forté Health’s new diabetes initiative and she’s all smiles. “It’s a dream world they’ve implemented – it’s just unbelievable.”

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21st March 2023

Forté wins prestigious health industry award for diabetes initiative

Forté has again taken out one of the top titles at the ‘Leaders in Quality’ Awards for its shared-care initiative for patients with diabetes.

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12th January 2023

Forté’s Sustainability Superstars

The saying goes there’s no such thing as a bad idea, and it’s that kind of thinking that drives the success of Forté’s Sustainability Committee.

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18th December 2022

Christmas at Forté Health

The Forté Hospital team will be taking a break from 23 December until 10 January. Please read here for more information.

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21st November 2022

Forté Health smashes emissions targets years before deadline

Forté Health has reduced its carbon emissions by 15% in the last three years, shaving a quarter off its electricity usage in the process.

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30th October 2022

Celebrating 45 years of service!

Nine Forté Health staff have been recognised for their service and success at a special function held earlier this month.

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14th September 2022

Surgeries to proceed on Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

Forté Hospital will be open for surgery on Monday 26 September to enable patients to access scheduled treatments.

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5th September 2022

Forté team out in force to support Māia Health Foundation’s child and youth mental health project

Kahurangi has been announced as the name of Canterbury’s new child and youth mental health outpatient facility – and the Forté Health team is delighted to stand alongside Māia to bring it to life.

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8th August 2022

Supporting careers with real and relevant training – Forté’s industry-leading education portfolio

Debbie and Alice are two of Forté’s latest graduates – and the smiles say it all. “I’ve absolutely thrived on the training – it’s been amazing,” says Debbie.

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26th July 2022

Important: Winter Health Update

With Influenza and other winter illnesses, including COVID-19, prevalent in the community we all need to take extra care to keep everyone safe. If you are scheduled for surgery at Forté Hospital please read this latest update.

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15th June 2022

Forté responds to ever-changing diabetes care landscape

A Forté Health initiative that puts patients at the centre of their diabetes management has been praised by patients and staff.

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3rd May 2022

Surgical milestone reached as HoLEPs hit 100!

Giovanni Losco is celebrating a milestone surgery, as he completes his 100th HoLEP operation – a modern surgical solution to a common complaint for men.

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5th April 2022

Taking a break to support post-operative care

A new initiative at Forté Hospital to stop and pause during post-operative handover has been applauded by staff, anaesthetists and the Ministry of Health.

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16th March 2022

COVID-19 Update from Forté Health

Forté Health has updated its COVID-19 testing requirements, with all patients now required to self-administer a RAT test prior to arrival at Forté Health. If you're coming to Forté Health please check our COVID-19 Requirements page prior to your surgery.

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7th March 2022

Forté Health achieves top marks from auditors

Forté Health is once again setting the standard for hospital care in Christchurch – achieving an extended four-year certification from the Ministry of Health.

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20th February 2022

Stop the talk and step up to the global crisis that is not Covid-19

Christchurch urologist, and one of Forté Health's founding surgeons, Stephen Mark urges the health sector not to forget about the crisis that’s been described as ‘code red for humanity’ in this personal opinion piece.

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24th January 2022

COVID-19 - Level Red at Forté Health

Implementing visitor restrictions and the requirement to wear surgical masks are the key changes at Forté Health as the country moves into Red in the Government’s ‘traffic light’ system for COVID-19.

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21st January 2022

Passion project sees Forté’s uniforms upcycled

Handmade patient bags can now be found hanging from the beds at Forté Hospital, thanks to a sustainability initiative from one of its own.

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22nd December 2021

Christmas at Forté Health – hours and availability

The Forté Health team is taking a break, with Forté Hospital closing on 23 December for the Christmas break.  The hospital will re-open for surgery on Tuesday 11 January. Click for more details.

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2nd December 2021

COVID-19 - Level Orange at Forté Health

The removal of visitor restrictions is one of the key changes at Forté Health, following the introduction of the Government’s ‘traffic light’ system for COVID-19.

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16th November 2021

NZ's first net carbon zero hospital unveiled

Forté Hospital has been named New Zealand’s first Toitū net carbon zero certified hospital.

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15th August 2019

Have your say - patient satisfaction survey

How did we do? If you've been to Forté recently, please complete this survey and let us know how it went.

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14th October 2021

From waste to WOW – Forté’s Wearable Arts takes centre stage again

Five stunning garments took to the runway this month, as Forté Health held its second-ever Wearable Arts Awards..

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14th September 2021

The innovative new ear surgery only at Forté Hospital

It’s a common ear complaint for which Tom Kuruvilla has crafted a unique solution, meaning most of his patients are home by the end of the day – and back surfing just a few weeks later!

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7th September 2021

COVID-19 Alert Level Two Update

Forté Health is delighted to be operating as usual under COVID Alert Level Two however we do have extra safety and security measures in place. Read full details here.

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2nd September 2021

COVID-19 Alert Level Three Update

Forté Health is open under COVID Alert Level 3 with additional precautions in place. Read here for full information about what this means.

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17th August 2021

COVID-19 Alert Level Four Update

As New Zealand remains in COVID-19 Alert Level Four, Forté Health is operating under Level Four protocols.

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7th July 2021

Forté Health upskill staff to bring CPR training in-house

New skills, new job title and new responsibilities for a Forté Health team member, as CPR training is brought in-house.

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13th July 2021

Keeping our patients safe from RSV - advice for those visiting Forté Hospital

Visitors and patients at Forté Hospital are being asked to be extra vigilant to prevent the spread of a serious winter virus that’s making Kiwi kids sick.

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9th June 2021

Kaumātua Kawiti is here to help

State-of-the-art surgical and patient facilities are not all that's on offer at Forté Health. Kawiti Tukuru is Forté’s Kaumātua and he is always on hand to help patients in need. 

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13th May 2021

Forté uniforms head to the Pacific Islands

Forté Health has teamed up with The Rotary NZ World Community Service to send desperately needed items to Pacific Island hospitals.

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30th May 2021

COVID-19 Update

As New Zealand expands its bubble (just a little), Forté Health has updated its COVID-19 requirements.

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22nd March 2021

Pedal power making a comeback at Forté Health

An initiative to support and encourage cycling has taken off at Forté Health – and the bike sheds are full as a result!

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12th March 2021

Forté wins award for paediatric initiatives

The Forté team are on their way home from the ‘Leaders in Quality’ Awards, with one of the top Awards in their luggage!

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4th March 2021

Blessing and celebration of new oxygen supply

It’s better for the staff, the patients and the environment – making the installation of Forté Health’s new oxygen supply system a milestone worth celebrating!

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15th February 2021

Forté Health Level Two Update – 15 February

As the country enters Alert Level Two – and Alert Level Three for Auckland - Forté Health is reinstating its Alert Level Two precautions.

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28th January 2021

Innovation & collaboration yields improved care for knee patients

A new multi-disciplinary approach to knee injuries, which Forté Health is involved in, is making it easier – and cheaper – for patients to fully recover.

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7th January 2021

Vigilance remains as Forté Health welcomes in the New Year

While welcoming 2021 with optimism, Forté Health is remaining vigilant in the new year with ongoing screening and testing procedures in place to detect and prevent any spread of COVID-19.

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20th December 2020

Christmas at Forté Health – hours and availability

As 2020 comes to an end we’re sure all New Zealanders are ready to slow down and enjoy the festive celebrations with family and friends.  Here at Forté Health we’re doing the same – closing from 23 December until 12 January 2021.

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15th December 2020

New oxygen tanks build a more sustainable future

You may have noticed some work underway at Forté Health.  It’s all part of our constant focus on innovation – ways we can do things better for our staff, our patients and our environment.

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11th November 2020

From good to great – Forté Health pledges another three years of support for Māia’s mission

It’s a shared vision to ensure Cantabrians enjoy a world-class, enhanced health system that has brought Forté Health and Māia Health Foundation together for a further three years.

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18th October 2020

Forté Health welcomes Janet Whineray

Forté Health welcomes Christchurch obstetrician and gynaecologist Janet Whineray to the Forté Health board.

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6th October 2020

Forté Health – Level One COVID Update, 7 October

While we welcome the news that the whole of New Zealand will be at Alert Level 1 from midnight 7 October 2020, here at Forté Health we will continue to remain vigilant to any COVID risk.

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22nd September 2020

Forté Health Level One Update

At Level 1 we are continuing with previous Level 2 precautions until the levels around the country stabilise. Please read on for further information.

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19th August 2020

Forté Health wins Gold Award for sustainability

Forté Health has gone where no South Island hospital has gone before by being awarded the Toitū EnviroMark Gold Award for environmental sustainability.

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12th August 2020

Forté Health Level Two Update - 12 August

Please read this updated information for patients and visitors to Forté Hospital.

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16th March 2020

COVID-19 update 10/06/2020 - Level 1

Information for Patients and Visitors to Forte Health Hospital regarding COVID-19

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5th September 2019

Forté Health delighted to partner with Māia’s Feast success!

The Forté team is delighted to be able to support Māia in its mission to take our health services from good to great

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3rd March 2019

Can you spot Forté’s new feathered friend?

Forté Health is bringing a Kiwi icon and cheeky feathered friend to life to help put young patients at ease.

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18th December 2018

Staff wellness takes priority for those on the caring front line

Forté staff have climbed Mt Cook and back in the name of wellness – and they’ve done it in the stairwell of the hospital.

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18th December 2018

New ward opens at Forté

A brand-new, state-of-the-art ward at Forté Health is now ready to welcome patients.

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18th December 2018

Forté paves the way in sustainability

Canterbury’s newest private hospital is cutting waste and upping recycling efforts to lead the way in protecting the environment.

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