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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Document Library

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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Unvaccinated staff

RE unvaccinated employees who were mandated out of job. Staff on special leave, non paid leave and remain in employment but not working. Policy that on termination a nurse would lose nursing registration. That while stood down a nurse must not attend place of work. Number of nurses hired to replace nurses who had their employment terminated.

 

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Code of conduct, professional standards and ethics

  • CDHB Code of conduct links
  • Professional registration bodies professional standards and ethics.

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Board members

Names, tenure details of elected and appointed board members.

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Information regarding mental health assessments

Policies, guidelines and ethics re Mental Health assessments and treatment under the Mental Health Act.

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Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) Meeting Agenda – 2 June 2022

The Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) meets approximately every 3 months.

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Disability Steering Group (DSG) Meeting Minutes – 27 May 2022

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

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Commissioned research

Details related to the expenditure of commissioned research the Canterbury DHB has awarded to external organisations over the last three years.

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Donations and bequests

Donations and bequests to DHB past five years.

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Winter illness preparedness

Winter illness preparedness reports, briefing documents or modelling for influenza, RSV, measles or whooping cough illness in relation to the upcoming 2022 winter season.

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Staff investigations of assaults on patients

Staff investigations of assaults on patients i.e. staff fired, investigated and resigning before being fired / criminal charges being laid / withdrawn by victim? Time frame "All DHB records".

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Operating theatre revenue and capacity

The impact on revenue for a hospital/DHB that is caused by an operating theatre being closed for a period of time. Can you please provide the average revenue that an operating theatre brings in per year? If that is too difficult, can you please provide the total operating theatre revenue for CDHB and the total amount of operating rooms?

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Alcohol related harm

Remdesivir and ventilators

Has Remdesivir and ventilators been or are being used as a treatment for COVID patients in hospital?”

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Senior Medical Officer Gastroenterologists appointed during 2020-2021

SMO Gastroenterologist appointments 1/4/2020 - 1/4/2022

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Maternity – Time from birth to discharge

Time from birth to discharge for most recent month.

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Maternal Mental Health

Number of women referred to Maternal Mental Health in 2021 and number accepted. Current wait times for maternal mental health.

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Assaults on staff 2018 to 2022

The number of assaults on staff for years 2018,2019,2020,2021,2022 (to current date)

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Stuttering

Do DHBs provide services for people who stutter?

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Healthcare Waste

Healthcare Waste / Volumes of hazardous and controlled waste and number of surgeries completed broken down by site (ChCh Hosp and Burwood) for last ten years.

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People with Diabetes Type 1

People with Diabetes Type 1 broken down by age, ethnicity etc  

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Car parking proposals during 2014

Car parking proposals from the time Tony Ryall was Min of Health 2014. Correspondence CEO and EMT.

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Mental health services procedural information

  • Copies of all forms relating to the induction of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.
  • Copies of all forms relating to a discharge/transfer of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.

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Canterbury DHB Board – Meeting Agenda – 19 May 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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Carbon Neutral Plan

  • Do you have a carbon neutral plan by 2025, and if so, what is the official wording of it?
  • Do you have a carbon neutral team or committee? If so, how many are in this team, and are they trained/experts?
  • How much carbon do you emit/how are your carbon emissions measured?
  • If coal is still in use at your facilities, when do you plan to phase it out?
  • Have you transitioned to EVs and or/hybrids? Have you begun to downsize your fleet size?

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St George’s Hospital maternity services

Correspondence re St George's maternity / birthing / post-natal services August 2021 to 29/03/2022 and a copy of the contract.

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COVID-19 hospitalisations

I've heard there are a few patients that have been hospitalised for more than month.

  • How many patients have there been?
  • How long have they each stayed in hospital?
  • How many have had to go into ICU and how long have they each stayed there (as part of their total time in hospital)?
  • And were they on a ventilator when in ICU? How many of these patients were vaccinated when they presented at hospital?

If there are any other details that can be provided too (eg. age, ethnicity, sex) that would be appreciated.

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Emergency Department COVID-19 vaccinations

  • A list of all district health board emergency departments that have a policy to provide COVID -19 vaccinations to unvaccinated people (COVID-19 ) who attend the emergency department
  • A list of all district health board emergency departments, paediatric debarments or wards that have a policy to provide childhood immunisations to all unvaccinated children who attend the department or ward.
  • What plan each district health board has to connect people or children not currently enrolled in primary care who attend the emergency department or other departments - in primary care ( registered with a PHO) - currently only 84% of Māori are enrolled in primary care (PHO).

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Mental health staff and COVID-19 vaccination mandates

  • How many roles / staff have been terminated / fired / released from contracts by way of refusing mandates for covid-19 vaccinations in the Christchurch Mental Health Sector?
  • Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible, including any mental health roles in prisons?
  • How many staff are performing double shifts on a weekly basis? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How much time do the patients in the mental health sector receive, on average, quality one-on-one care /support / help? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How many staff were specialist mental health services short by in November 2021, and how many in December 2021?
  • How many staff had left these roles wholly or partly to do with the covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • What were the reasons given for the 13 departures?
  • How many were due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • How many more staff have left the facility since July until date of your answer given to this OIA request?
  • How many of these have been partly or wholly due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?

 

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Cancer misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis

  • How many people had a cancer misdiagnosis in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?
  • How many people had a delayed diagnosis of cancer in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?

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Miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies

From each year ending: 2019/2020/2021.

  • The number of miscarriages recorded per year.
  • The number of ectopic pregnancies per year.
  • The number of molar pregnancies per year.
  • The number of live births per year.
  • Number of perinatal deaths and neonatal deaths per year.
  • Furthermore, can you please answer the following question: In relation to pharmacovigilance, is the DHB recording/reporting any data relating to outcomes following vaccination for Covid-19 in pregnancy, as part of a post marketing surveillance programme?

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Emergency Department presentations 2020-21

Please provide a breakdown of all emergency admission (presentations) numbers in 2020 and 2021, broken down by month. Please include a categorisation of the types of admission (presentation) also.

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PGY1 job positions

  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled through ACE matching process from 2014-2020? Could you please provide me those numbers broken down by year.
  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled by NZREX doctors from 2014-2020? Numbers broken down by year?
  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled by IMGs from Comparable Health countries from 2014-2020?
  • Do you have any preference criteria for PGY1 job hiring candidates?
  • How does the DHB priorities NZREX candidates?
  • Is there any support program available for NZREX doctors to get the PGY1 jobs?

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Hospitals at Code Red and Code Black during 2021

Number of days hospitals spent in 'Code Red' and 'Code Black' 2021 calendar year (Jan-Dec).

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Transporting specimens

Official guidance documents we use in New Zealand to cover the handling and transportation of microbiology samples from provincial hospitals to centralized testing laboratories.

I expect that official guidance would cover aspects such as reported by Miller et al. [1] including transport media, temperature and time from specimen extraction from patient until the analysis is completed at the centralized laboratory. [1] Miller et al., A guide to utilization of the microbiology laboratory for diagnosis of infectious diseases 2018: Updated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Microbiology. Current Infectious Diseases 2018, 67(6), e1-e94. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy381.

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Disposal of waste from operating theatres

  • Cost to dispose waste generated within operating theatres for past five years.
  • Also how the waste has been disposed of.
  • Volumes of waste.
  • Number of surgeries completed for past ten years broken down by type.

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Mental health staffing

  • Out of the total 627 budgeted nursing roles in Canterbury DHB's specialist mental services, how many staff members short of this total was the DHB in:
    • November 2021,
    • December 2021,
    • January 2022,
    • February 2022,
  • In Christchurch's forensic mental health unit, how many of the unit's total staff members have left the unit in the twelve months to January 2022?
  • In the 12 months to January 2022, how many staff members were physically assaulted by patients in the forensics unit?
  • Of these assaults, how many days did each staff member have to take off work?
  • How many of these assaults resulted in an ACC claim?
  • What is the total number of staff in Christchurch's crisis resolution team?
  • How many staff members in the crisis resolution team have left each year in the five years to 2021 (2016 - 2021)?

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Palliative care

Palliative care services provided by DHB / Costs / staffing.

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Skin cancer referrals waiting list

The current size of the waiting list for all skin cancer referrals to your DHB as follows:

  • Initial consultation appointment for suspected or confirmed BCC, SCC and melanoma.
  • Surgical appointment for melanoma excision.
  • Surgical appointment for BCC or SCC excision I would also like to know to what extent, if any, your DHB funds GPs or private providers to carry out any SCC, BCC or melanoma excisions on an annual basis (e.g. for 2021).

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Bone density (DEXA) scans

Are publicly funded bone density (DEXA) scans available for (1) all relevant Endocrinology patients (2) any patient seen in a relevant subspecialty (yes/no adequate detail for both questions). The scan could be provided in private but the question is about who pays - the DHB or the patient. If some patients would be funded (e.g. community service card holders) please provide this information.

 

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