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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.

The Canterbury Health System

In line with the New Zealand Health Strategy, Canterbury DHB is committed to planning services as a whole-of-Canterbury health system. We work in partnership with other health service providers and with our communities to design and deliver service solutions to meet the changing needs of our population.

Through an alliance framework we share a joint vision for the health system with our clinically-led alliance partners, and work with them to improve health outcomes for our shared population. This includes the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) District Alliance, and the South Island Regional Alliance with our four partner South Island DHBs.

The Canterbury organisational and system governance structure

Page last updated: 12 July 2019

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