VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 2022

 

Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 must wear a medical 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.

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Our latest key plans and reports are listed at the top of the document library homepage, other recent documents are listed by date under these documents. 

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COVID-19 staff vaccinations

A detailed breakdown of CDHB employees and contractors that have NOT received the mandated two doses of a Covid vaccine and have Not been stood down i.e. Unvaccinated and still employed. I would like this data broken down by role, and for clinical staff, further broken down by specialization, along with the reason or rationale for each exemption from the mandate.

 

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Vaccination details for population of Kaikoura

Vaccination details for population of Kaikoura / incl children. Adverse and serious adverse events recorded post vaccination / deaths linked within Kaikoura District from vaccination / people admitted to hospital following vaccination within 30 to 90 days.

 

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Urgent x-ray procedures and ED procedures

  1. What are the official Guidelines/procedures for urgent X-rays (24 hour)?
  2. What are the Guidelines/procedures for patients repeatedly admitted to Emergency Department with severe epigastric pain/ and upper right and left quadrant pain?
  3. Guidelines/procedure for investigating possible Colonic Motility Dysfunction/Defecatory Disorders/Anorectal Dysfunction?

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Use of Language interpreters to access healthcare

  • Any information on the numbers of people in New Zealand who need an interpreter in order to access effective health care.

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NZ Sign Language interpreters

  • Number of times NZ Sign Language interpreters were booked in each DHB Feb 21 - Feb 22.

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COVID-19 hospitalisations

  • Covid hospitalisation directly related to covid and covid only.
  • Covid hospitalisation where patient was admitted for another reason and covid was detected after arriving at the hospital.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for covid only infections.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for non-covid conditions where a covid test after arriving at the hospital showed infection.

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Feeding tubes

  • How many people under the CDHB have a feeding tube? Would appreciate this by age bracket please, eg 5 year brackets.
  • Does the CCDHB provide, free of charge, the Nutricia Flocare Infinity Go Frame for those feeding tube patients requiring one and if so, what is the GST excl unit price that the CCDHB purchase them for from Nutricia? https://nutricia.co.nz/adult/product/flocare-infinity-go-frame/

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Code of conduct and patient rights

Canterbury DHB staff codes of conduct for clinicians, doctors and other health assessors. Rights of patients.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) waitlist

ADHD - Assessments, diagnosed, average wait time, number on waitlist, % on waitlist for youth mental health with suspected ADHD.

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COVID-19 related hospital admissions

Please indicate what is your exact procedure for determining that hospital admissions in this current time are in fact directly due to Covid-19.

i.e. are you testing people who are admitting themselves for something non respiratory related and if they test positive after admission for sars cov 2 are you listing it as a covid admission regardless ?

i.e. people who are admitted for something respiratory related that is later diagnosed as not sars cov 2, are you indicating them as covid hospitalisations if they return a positive test during admission.

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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests

Brand of Rapid Antigen Tests distributed to the public for home testing at Whanau Ora COVID testing centre Pages Road.

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Current number and practices of abortion services

  1. The number of abortions that were performed pre 20 weeks and post 20 weeks at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the Gynaecological Procedure Unit in 2021.
  2. The number of medical and surgical abortions that were performed at the above facilities in 2021. 
  3. The gestational age of the oldest unborn child aborted in your facilities in 2021.

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COVID-19 tests and identifying measles

Regarding COVID vaccinations: How do testing protocols uniquely and individually identify the subject as having one or more of the following if they test positive? 

  • Measles virus

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Neurology services relating to treatment of chronic migraines

Neurology services for patients with chronic migraine.

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Rural hospital closures

Transcript of all Canterbury DHB Board meetings with regards to the closure of rural hospitals in the Canterbury District.

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Current practices of abortion services

  • In your opening sentence you refer to abortions and terminations. As all abortions have the objective of terminating the life of an unborn child, how do you differentiate between an abortion and a termination? 
  • You advise that an unborn baby’s life was terminated at 29 weeks gestation due to fetal abnormality incompatible with life; what does this mean in practice and does it include Trisomy 21 and other conditions that are serious but not life threatening?
  • Am I correct in assuming that telehealth medical abortions for women who reside in the CDHB area are still not included in your abortion statistics, nor are medical abortions facilitated by local Registered Medical Practitioners, midwives and practice nurses? 

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Eldernet

RE Eldernet: Interested to understand the nature of this agreement for data collection, and the accessibility of the data in the public domain.

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Treatment protocols

Treatment protocols: Post-Operative Urinary retention, persistent postsurgical pain, treatment of patients after a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation and constipation

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St George’s Hospital maternity services

Information about the St George's Hospital maternity services contract with Canterbury DHB.

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Disability Steering Group (DSG) Meeting Minutes – 25 March 2022

The main points discussed at Disability Steering Group (DSG) meetings recorded as key messages in meeting minutes.

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Canterbury DHB Board – Meeting Agenda – 17 March 2022

The Canterbury DHB Board meet approximately every month. Board agenda papers are usually published two days before a board meeting.

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Radiation treatment wait times

As of Feb 14 2022 how many people have been waiting longer than clinically recommended for radiation treatment?

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Aged care, number of hospital beds available

  • Since March 2020 have you had to reduce the number of beds you can offer for aged residential care?
  • How many beds did you offer in March 2020, and how many do you offer now?
  • If so, what has caused the DHB to reduce the number of age residential care beds available?
  • Have you had to reduce the number of general hospital beds available since March 2020?
  • If so, what has caused the DHB to reduce the number of general beds available?
  • How many general hospital beds were available in your catchment area in March 2020, and how many general hospital beds are available now?

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Ernst & Young (EY New Zealand) 2014 – 2021

Services provides by Ernst & Young 2014 - 2021.

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Pfizer vaccine and blood clots

Use of D-dimer tests by DHB to identify blood clots following COVID vaccination.

 

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Cervical screening backlog due to COVID-19

Cervical screening: Backlog of women who still need to be screened since first lockdown (COVID) in particular Maori and Pacific women.

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Information about Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccinations

Any information you have regards number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 as the primary illness, that later had a diagnosis of Myocarditis, caused by the virus.

 

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Ovarian cancer 2018-2021

The total number of CA-125 tests performed in your DHB in the 12 month period of 2018, 2019, 2021 (we previously requested 2020). Additionally, if this information is easily available, it would be helpful to understand, the total number of patients receiving the test in each period also.

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COVID-19 vaccinations at Health Wigram

Health Wigram no longer offers Covid-19 vaccinations or tests (excluding paid fit to fly / travel tests). Was this decision made or suggested by CDHB? Further, why has the total number of GPs offering these services reduced dramatically over the past few months in the CDHB area?

Please also provide the contents of any investigation report, or similar related documents, held by CDHB relating to Health Wigram Covid-19 vaccine administration or Covid-19 testing errors, including but not limited to the instance where they administered saline instead of a Covid-19 vaccination dose.

 

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Staffing of mental health facilities

Please release correspondence with unions and staff (not individual staff, but group messages), in the 2021 calendar year, about staffing of mental health facilities.

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Canterbury DHB Annual Report 2020/21

The Canterbury DHB Annual Report 2020/2021 allows us to report on the progress we have made over the year towards achieving the key objectives set out in our Statement of Intent.

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COVID treatment related costs and vaccination related incentives

  • Costs to the DHBs for health care provided to the COVID-positive patients, including HDU and ICU,
  • Costs of the incentives / bribes, music, food, and other draw-cards at testing and vaccination centres implemented to entice people to get tested and vaccinated, (Costs that commenced 17/08/2021)

 

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Violence against healthcare staff

  • Rise in aggression and violence against nurses (AVAN).
  • The number of incidents related to nurses, midwives and health care assistants being abused, harassed or physically assaulted/ attacked at their workplace since 1 Jan 2017 to date, broken down by location and calendar year.
  • Brief description of the incidents and what the incidents related to e.g. verbal abuse, physical assault, sexual assault, physical threat or otherwise
  • How many ‘code orange’* events that occurred? Brief description of the events
  • Where did the incidents happen? e.g. the emergency department, mental health/addictions, obstetrics?
  • How many incidents were notified to WorkSafe?
  • How many incidents required police interventions e.g. Police report, statements from DHB employees?
  • How many incidents required an ACC claim?
  • How many incidents resulted in working days lost? And if so, how many?

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Assaults on staff in 2021

  • How many recorded assaults on health staff have there been in 2021?
  • How many recorded incidents of verbal abuse or threats have there been on health staff in 2021?
  • How many days have been lost due to staff taking time off after being assaulted in the same time frame?

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Orderly Health and Safety Representative

  • The name of the Orderly Health and Safety representative as at 26 April 2021
  • How long they had held that role, and
  • A description of the responsibilities of that role

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Canterbury DHB Board – Meeting Agenda – 17 February 2022

The Canterbury DHB Board meet approximately every month. Board agenda papers are usually published two days before a board meeting.

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Ovarian cancer

Total requests during the 12 months of 2020 were for CA-125 blood tests in your DHB region?  Can you also please specify the total estimated population your DHB serves.

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