Mobile Surgical Services have pioneered sharing of medical knowledge and technology within rural New Zealand. The service is fully funded by the Ministry of Health, and works closely with local District Health Boards, and other health related organisations to provide the following services.

Surgical Bus

The mobile surgical bus which travels through rural New Zealand on a 5 week cycle, can conduct over 300 different elective day surgery procedures. Over the last 5 years we have performed over 8000 day surgery procedures in 21 different rural communities. Rural patients have the opportunity to be treated close to home, and local medical staff have the opportunity to have hands on clinical training.


Rural health professionals are often isolated from professional development and clinical training. To support these key rural health professionals, we have developed a Rural Health Professional Development Program (RHPDP). The program content which is customised for each training site, is delivered by ‘virtual lectures’ utilising broadcast quality, two way video conferencing system.

Video Conferencing & Telepresence

To facilitate the sharing of knowledge between health professionals, we provide interactive video conferencing links between any two remote sites. Primarily sites would include primary, secondary or tertiary hospitals and conference venues either nationally or internationally. For example Rural Surgeons operating onboard the bus in Takaka collaborated interactively with remote colleagues in Brisbane.