VISITING HOSPITAL

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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

Document Library

Key plans and reports are listed at the top of the document library homepage, other recent documents are listed by date under these documents. Please note: Many publications in our document library are now historic district health board documents, rather than current information. You can find up-to-date national publications, including responses to OIA requests on the Te Whatu Ora national website

Use the Search menu (left) to apply a filter and list documents. Each document has a document type, a summary, and topics and tags associated with it. 

1315 documents.

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

Please note: DHB Boards ceased to operate on 30 June 2022 as Canterbury DHB became part of Health New Zealand, consequently no further board papers will be published on this website.

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

Please note: DHB Boards ceased to operate on 30 June 2022 as Canterbury DHB became part of Health New Zealand, consequently no further board papers will be published on this website. 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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ICU capacity

What investment in the increased number of ICU beds by region and hospital, have been delivered, from 01 October 2019 to the date of your issuing the data.

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Measles

  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of MOH statement section 3.1.4 that GEN-A strain of measles is not transmissible.
  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of 2019 measles epidemic that lab confirmed GEN-A was not transferred from another vaccine recipient partially or fully vaccinated.
  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of B3 or D8 strains not resulting from transmission by GEN-A strain. Provide all documents and evidence in support that B3 and D8 strains are not endemic in New Zealand.
  • Provide all documents and evidence for identification of multiple strains B3 D8 GEN-A (any combination) that were laboratory confirmed in individuals.
  • Provide all documents and evidence that lab confirmed GEN-A strains were in vaccinated individuals only.
  • Provide all documents and evidence of unvaccinated individuals identified with GEN-A strain.

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COVID-19 information and communications

Information and communications about the design of COVID-19 related visual material.

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Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) Meeting Agenda – 3 February 2022

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

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Disability Steering Group (DSG) Meeting Minutes – 28 January 2022

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

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Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology referral wait times, staffing and capacity

30/11/2021 REVISED REQUEST: MEDICAL ONCOLOGY and Radiation Oncology -  ONLY Oncology Dept:

  • How many people who have been referred for a first specialist appointment for suspected cancer are waiting over the clinically recommended time frame?
  • What is the CDHB's maximum wait time target for cancer referrals?
  • How many people with diagnosed cancer are waiting to get a specialist appointment for treatment?
  • What is the CDHB doing to address  this?
  • What requests has the CDHB received from staff in the oncology department for additional staff to be recruited?
  • How was this responded to?

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Sabin oral polio vaccine

Given that it may be stored for two years was the Sabin oral polio vaccine used in Christchurch in 1964 sourced from Europe through USA, direct from USA or direct from Europe?

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