Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens Hospital and other maternity units. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments, no children are allowed to visit.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

The Clinical Board

The Clinical Board is a multidisciplinary clinical forum, whose membership includes representatives from the primary, secondary and community sectors. There are 29 members on the Clinical Board, four of whom are elected. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected annually.

Members of the Board support and influence the Canterbury District Health Board's vision and values, and play an important clinical leadership role. They are responsible for the clinical ​​​governance of services provided by the District Health Board.

The Clinical Board:

  • Oversees the District Health Board's clinical activity
  • Provides advice to the Chief Executive on clinical issues
  • Takes a proactive role in setting clinical policy and standards
  • Encourages best practice and innovation

Clinical board membership

All members (except ex officio) have a term of three years from and including February 2020 with right of renewal).

Ex Officio Members

Name/Position Representative area
Dr Helen Skinner, Chief Medical Officer

Chief Executive Nominee from the Executive Management Team 

Dr Ramon Pink, Medical Officer of Health

Clinical Director, Community and Public Health

Professor David Murdoch, Dean University of Otago, Christchurch

Jacqui Lunday Johnstone, Executive Director Allied Health

Interim nominee of the CDHB Clinical Governance Committee

Dr Isabel Jamieson

Nominee of the Ara Institute

Susan Wood, CDHB Manager, Quality and Patient Safety

Quality and Patient Safety, Canterbury DHB

Primary and Community Care

Name/Position Representative area
Dr Ben Hudson, General Practitioner

Nominee of Pegasus Health


Nominee of Waitaha Primary Health

Dr Tearlach MacLean, General Practitioner and Deputy Director of Health Centre

Nominee of the University of Canterbury and Christchurch PHO

Aarti Patel

Nominee of Canterbury Pharmacy Group

Annette Finlay

Nominee of Nurse Maude

Violet Clapham

Nominee of the NZ College of Midwives

Māori representative

Name/Position Representative area
Michelle Turrall

Nominee of Manawhenua ki Waitaha


Name/Position Representative area
Emma Jeffery

Nominee of Canterbury Clinical Network

Christine Leleifenika

Nominee of CCN Transalpine Oral Health Service Development Group



Page last updated: 5 July 2021

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