COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

About us

Canterbury DHB covers an area of the East Coast of the South Island from Kaikoura District in the north, to Ashburton District in the south, as well as the Chatham Islands. It is responsible for the health of an estimated 558,830 people.

Roughly 80 percent of this population lives in the Greater Christchurch area, with the rest dispersed over a large geographical area. Canterbury DHB is the second largest DHB in terms of population and area. It has the fastest-growing Māori population, and the sixth largest total Māori population. Around 10 percent of the DHB’s population is Asian, and this is its fastest-growing ethnic group. The DHB has the largest population aged over 75.

Canterbury DHB owns and operates five major hospital facilities in Christchurch and Ashburton, and almost 30 smaller rural hospitals and community bases around the region.

On top of providing health services to its own population, Canterbury DHB provides many specialised services to people referred from other DHBs where these services are not available.

West Coast relationship

Canterbury also provides many services for the population of the West Coast DHB. The two DHBs have several formal partnership agreements.

The Chief Executive of Canterbury DHB is also Chief Executive of West Coast DHB. Several managers and members of the Executive Management Team hold positions at both DHBs.

Page last updated: 6 January 2020

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