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Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

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

Last updated:
20 July 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 Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, 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 where trusted whānau members provide 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 – again, 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 named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s 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 under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

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.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

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

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DHB savings identified by consultants

RE Alma Consulting Ltd / contractors employed to find significant savings at CDHB.

  • A list of actions recommended, and amount saved by each recommendation.
  • A list of all actions that will be undertaken by the DHB to achieve savings in light of advice received.
  • An estimated cost if any, associated with the actions required to achieve savings.

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Alma Consultancy

RE the original ALMA Consulting Contract: (Commenced 15 February 2021 for 3 months:)

  • What was the outcome of their work?
  • Did they find significant savings and if so, how much?
  • How can the Board justify this cost ($33,000-$55,000).
  • What other consultants have been hired since David Meates resigned and Peter started?
  • At what cost?

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Terminations/Abortions during 2020

Re response CDHB 10519 16/2/2021.  You advised that there were 1,658 terminations performed in 2020 at your boards facilities. I have recently been advised that the Ministry of Health informed the President of Voice for Life that the number of abortions performed at your facilities in 2020 totalled 1,613 there is a difference of 45 in the totals. I would be grateful if you could advise me promptly, which is the correct total?

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Canterbury DHB Board – Meeting Agenda – 15 July 2021

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

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Gift registers, expenses, and conflicts of interest

  • Please provide the gift registers held by the DHB about gifts/contributions/received items given to DHB employees (including medical professionals) for the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
  • Please provide records held regarding of any flights provided, paid for or subsidised by pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies to employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
  • Please provide any information the DHB holds regarding professional affiliations, board roles or advisory positions held by employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in connection to pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies.
  • If possible, break these affiliations down by the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

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Statement of Performance Expectations 2021/22

This document is the DHB’s Statement of Performance Expectations which has been prepared to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, Crown Entities Act, Public Finance Act, and the expectations of the Minister of Health.

Linking with our Statement of Intent and Annual Plan, the Statement of Performance Expectations describes actions we will take to deliver on national priorities and expectations in the coming year, the standards and targets we expect to meet and our includes our projected financial position.

The Statement of Performance Expectation is presented to Parliament and used at the end of the year to compare planned and actual performance. Audited results are presented in our Annual Report

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Canterbury DHB Board – Emergency Meeting Agenda – 7 July 2021

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

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Children with dog related injuries

  • How many children aged 0-14 have presented to hospital with a dog-related injury in the last year?
  • How many of those children required a procedure (e.g. sutures), or admission?
  • What were the ethnic and age demographics of those children?

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Waiting list for psychiatric services (March 2021)

Can you please provide the number of people on the waiting list for psychiatric services, including eating disorder services, by DHB, as at 20 March 2021?

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Yaldhurst Quarry

Yaldhurst quarries -follow up to request 10602: I would appreciate any report created by Dr. Pink at the time being provided, and fully understand and appreciate current circumstances make this most certainly a low priority.  If there is no report from him, and the only report in existence as a review / analysis of the monitoring being that by Mr. Fowles if I could be advised that is the case.

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Psychometric testing during staff recruitment

The details of any psychometric testing undertaken as part of staff recruitment, training, resourcing or outsourcing - including as undertaken by outside recruitment firms.

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Cyber Security

  • Agendas/minutes past 3 years re cyber security (IT, ICT).
  • Copies of any relevant risk registers that provide info re cyber (ITC, IT, info tech, data and digital) security and/or risks at any time in the last 3 years.  
  • And DHB response to DG Dr Bloomfield's letter to DHBs dated 24 July 2020.
  • Copies of risk registers.

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Labral tear hip surgery

Labral Tear Hip Surgery: Last five years. Number of patients who have requested surgery, age, gender. Number declined (age and gender) reasons declined. Number referred for assessment (age and gender), Number referred elsewhere for surgery (age and gender). Correspondence CDHB and ACC on reasons patients will not be covered by ACC. Total cost for Labral tear hip surgery.

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MIQ and healthcare workers employment terminated

How many MIQ workers and frontline healthcare workers have had their employment terminated because they have not received the Covid vaccination?

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Covid-19 vaccination group 2

Covid-19 vaccinations: Maori and Pacific islanders in the Canterbury DHB area who are 70 or over are classified as being in Priority Group 2 for vaccination. I seriously doubt that specific ethnic groups in Canterbury currently are more vulnerable than others. Why are not individuals of other races 70 and over also in Group 2?

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Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Since February 1, 2021, copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, and correspondence, both internal and external, regarding misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines/vaccination, including any reports of examples of misinformation, any official reaction to such examples or the problem of misinformation as a whole, and the possible impact of such misinformation.

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CPH & DSAC Meeting – 1 July 2021

The Community & Public Health and Disability Support Advisory Committee (CPH & DSAC) meeting minutes and agenda.

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Health statistics about the population of Lyttelton

Health statistics and data on population of Lyttleton suburb

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Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplants (aHSCT) available to patients

Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand is aware that your DHB has been presented with a Business Case to make autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplants (aHSCT) available in your DHB to patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand requests a copy of this Business Case along with further information including any analysis of the business case correspondence etc regarding your decisions on this application.

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Leave taken by Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) December 2020 / January 2021

The total number of annual leave days taken by (all) Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in your employ in each of the following months for each DHB (WCDHB and CDHB) separately: December 2020 and January 2021

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Cost of ineligible patients use of intensive care services

A summary of the costs of hospital intensive care services provided to those not entitled to NZ free health care (ineligible patients). The cost summary should include reference to the number of days or hours in intensive care. Information to cover the last three years.

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Yaldhurst Quarry

Yaldhurst quarries - International peer review reports - personal monitoring of dust exposure and levels involving Yaldhurst residents in the vicinity of quarries.

Also see OIA request 10602(a)

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Schools participating in the HPV immunisation programme

Re the HPV vaccine in schools:

  • How many schools are part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ
  • How many schools are not part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ?
  • Which ones?

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Suspected sexual or physical abuse in children aged 0-17

Suspected sexual or physical abuse in children aged 0-17 the CDHB has treated - 2017 - 2021 YTD.

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HPV vaccine in schools

HPV Gardasil Vaccine: Number of schools refusing school based immunisation programme for this vaccine.

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Canterbury DHB Board – Meeting Agenda – 17 June 2021

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

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MKWCT In – Komiti Board Hui – 15 June 2021

Manawhenua Ki Waitaha (MKWCT) Board Meeting Minutes.

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Challenges to coronial findings

The number of times DHBs have challenged a coroner's findings after an inquest.

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Transmasculine surgery

Transmasculine chest surgery - follow up to response to CDHB 10555.

  • For transmasculine chest surgery (mastectomy) it was decided in 2019 to provide surgery for five transgender cases per annum.
  • What was the previous number?
  • Why are only five surgeries performed per annum?
  • Are there any plans/policies in place to increase this number to meet the growing demand for gender affirming surgeries?
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COVID-19 vaccine surplus doses

All correspondence by any CDHB staff member about the surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses on the weekend of April 9-11 involved in managing and distributing the vaccine doses during that period including but not limited to:

  • when it was discovered,
  • how the over-supply happened,
  • all discussion about responses to distribute (and not waste) the extra doses.
  • AND all and any correspondence to and from Ralph La Salle, Hannah Gordon and Kim Sinclair-Morris about the surplus supply and its distribution from Friday April 9 to April 18.

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Prostate PSMA Funding

  • Can you advise whether PSMA (Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen) PET-CT is funded by the DHB, or only available privately?
  • If publicly funded, please can you advise whether there are criteria that must be met. For example: For staging of high risk and unfavourable intermediate risk prostate cancer before definitive local therapy. For restaging of PSA recurrence (≥0.2ng/ml).

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Specialist Mental Health Services: January-April 2021

Information about Specialist Mental Health Services provided during January to April 2021.

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Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) Meeting Agenda – 3 June 2021

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

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Funding for after hours services

Do you provide financial support to Pegasus 24 Hour Surgery to reduce the cost of home visits? If so, why is a similar level of support not provided to Afterhours GP?

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Psychiatrists ethnicity

Re Mental Health Act 1992:

  • What is the ethnicity of psychiatrists currently working in DHB psychiatric inpatient units and what is the ethnicity of allied clinical staff working in DHB psychiatric units?
  • What DHB protocols are there for ensuring Maori Clinical staff care for Maori Tangata Whaiora?

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Staffing and supplies since 2020

  • Since the start of 2020 how many people have been made redundant at Canterbury DHB?
  • How many fixed term contracts been terminated?
  • How many people have been employed as permanent staff?
  • How many fixed term contracts have been initiated?
  • How are your supplies of smart infusions, infusion sets, medications, and IV fluids?
  • Are any of your supplies at critical levels? If so, what, and when will they be restocked?
  • Are you able to replenish your above mentioned supplies easily?

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Cardiology staffing, March 2021

Re Cardiology Dept 15-29 March 2021:

  • Number of echo staff,
  • hours worked;
  • numbers of cases completed per day and size of backlog;
  • period of time backlog has existed;
  • number of and period of staff absence for any reason including training, sickness, unfilled positions, acting up;
  • work allocation and prioritisation; triage system rules;
  • outpatient backlog size;
  • age and quality of equipment.

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COVID-19 vaccinations related reports, memos, briefings etc during 2021

  • Any memos, reports or briefing notes, including drafts, prepared since January 1, 2021 relating to the vaccine roll out in Canterbury.
  • Any emails and information about the left over vaccines distributed by the CDHB to businesses and contingency plan.
  • The names and number of businesses which were offered the free vaccines to avoid wastage.
  • The locations of every vaccination clinic in Canterbury.
  • The standby list of people within Managed Isolation and Quarantine or Port facilities.
  • Examples of how Māori and Pacific healthcare has been prioritised since the announcement of the vaccine roll out.

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