All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

To keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks are recommended to be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their face mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

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.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People can visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

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

More COVID-19 information

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Youth Advisory Council logoHealth New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Canterbury Waitaha Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was formed in 2014 to provide a youth voice for our health services and the Canterbury health sector overall.

The council advocates for young people aged 12–24 years old within youth health services in Waitaha/Canterbury.

Our role

We work with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Canterbury Waitaha health sector to:

  • Advocate for young people going through Canterbury’s Health System
  • Provide a youth perspective on Health NZ youth health policies, projects and campaigns
  • Create youth health resources, including a talk series called YAC Yarns
  • Focus on improved quality in health care, patient satisfaction, and maintaining a youth-friendly environment
  • Work with young people transitioning from Paediatrics to Adult services
  • Run fundraising events
  • Create service of the month awards to recognise health professionals that are great at working with young people in Canterbury
  • Speak to young people about how they can advocate for their own health and to health professionals about how to work with young people

Current members

Youth advisory council members

Back: Jodie Faagase, Savannah Curran, Jessie Cournane, Isla Hindin, Hannah Bernasconi, Angus Gifford, James Griffin. Front: Maddy Tainui-Little, Chelsea Skinner (Chair), Anna Ashton. Absent: Paige Sullivan, Jasmine Irving, Luke Alderton, Nicola Scott, Rebecca Rickards, Abi-Rose Withers, Dakota Smith.

List of Current Members:

  • Chelsea Skinner (Chairperson)
  • Jasmine Irving (Secretary)
  • Paige Sullivan (Treasurer)
  • Luke Alderton (Member)
  • Rebecca Rickards (Member)
  • Isla Hindin (Member)
  • Hannah Bernasconi (Member)
  • James Griffin (Member)
  • Maddy Tainui-Little (Member)
  • Savannah Curran (Member)
  • Anna Ashton (Member)
  • Dakota Smith (Member)
  • Abi-Rose Withers (Member)
  • Jodie Faagase (Member)
  • Jessie Cournane (Member)
  • Angus Gifford (Member)
  • Nicola Scott (Staff Facilitator)

Contact us

If you have any questions, suggestions, or advocacy concerns/recommendations, you can contact the Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Youth Advisory Council via email.


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