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VISITORS TO HOSPITAL

No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

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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