About Ronald McDonald House South Island

Ronald McDonald House South Island is an independent charitable trust that helps families of seriously ill children. Our mission is to create, develop, and support programmes that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their family/whānau.

Ronald McDonald House South Island currently has a 26-bedroom House in Christchurch, and a 4-bedroom Family Room at Southland Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House South Island is thrilled to be supported by Ray White Invercargill through the Ray White Home and Garden Tour 2020, which will see all profits go towards The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital is an extension of the hospital directly connected to the Children’s and Neo Natal wards. When families walk in, they forget they’re in a hospital – this is a place to rest and regroup just moments away from their child.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital consists of four overnight bedrooms which are provided to families on a greatest need basis, with each family’s situation taken into consideration. Any family who has a child up to and including the age of 18 who has been admitted to the Children’s or Neo Natal wards can use the Family Room’s communal facilities.

In the first six months of 2019, the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital was a ‘home away from home’ for 71 families, with the average stay lasting 9 days. Of those who stayed in the Family Room, 84 percent were families whose new-borns were in the neonatal unit (NNU).