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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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Ashburton Hospital / Trusts / bequests

Use of Trust / donated funds held in respect of the Ashburton Hospital and Tuarangi Home both of which are in Ashburton.

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Mental health nursing vacancies

Te Whare Manaaki: Of the 32 nursing staff, how many have a minimum of two years experience on a forensics mental health unit? How many staff are currently off sick as a result of an assault injury?

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Assaults on staff, details about units where staff were assaulted 2020-22

Follow up to response 10895 - re assaults by patients on staff.

  • Can you please provide the actual numbers for each unit?
  • Can you provide the same data for the previous year?

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RE Sockburn murder and Hillmorton Hospital

RE the stabbing/murder in Sockburn on 25/06/2022 - request any and all advice, briefings, reports, aides memoire, memos and emails sent/received by CDHB employees - leading up to, and following a police incident (stabbing/murder) in Sockburn on Saturday 25th June.

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RE: Murder accused and the incident on 25 June 2022

Information about the murder incident on 25/06/2022.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Number of assessments, diagnoses, waitlist

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Staff who are working and knowingly have Covid-19

The number of front line medical staff including nurses, doctors and all hospital staff that the Ministry has in circulation who are currently working and knowingly have Covid-19 by the Ministry.
I would like this data for the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, May 2022.

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Transition of DHB to Health New Zealand

What happens to the DHB from the 1 July with the new Health NZ coming?

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Health Partners Consulting

In each of the financial years ended June 30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were Health Partners Consulting engaged by the DHB to undertake any reviews, projects or other activities or work, what was the purpose of each review, project, or other activity or work, and how much was paid to Health Partners Consulting for each review, project, or other activity or work?

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Hillmorton Hospital banned items procedure

I am seeking the job classification/designation of persons involved in the development and authorisation of the following polices:

  • Search for and removal of banned items procedure (2400052)
  • Te Awakura Safety Protocols (2400125)
  • Both policies are associated with Hillmorton Hospital.

If there were lay people or people not employed by the hospital involved and I include volunteers, advocates, consumers but not limited, I would like these people to be identified and included in my request.

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Admissions to Hillmorton Hospital and policies regarding patient property

Total patient admissions numbers to each unit ( North, South, East and West Inpatient Units) at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital between the periods of January 1 2022 and 31st May 2022. I am also requesting during the same period and same units at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital, the following information in regards to the following policy: Search for and removal of banned items procedure (2400052). The total monthly amounts for each unit, as documented in patient notes of the following 2 items: Grounds for personal and property searches? And any evidence to support patient consent being obtained or denied.

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Chief Executives business expense, gifts and hospitality disclosure 2021/2022 – Peter Bramley

  • Date: 27 Jul 2022
  • Document Type:

We annually publish the business expenses that the Chief Executive has incurred, as well as any gifts or hospitality over the value of $50.

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Eating Disorders Service

  • What are the Eating Disorder Clinical Guidelines for decision making around which referrals are accepted into SIEDS outpatient team, or referred to Caf South/North outpatient team, or other adult mental health services?
  • What are the numbers for referrals for Eating Disorder support through SIEDS for 2017 - 2021 (broken in to year groups), and the breakdown of which pathway the referral was eventually directed (SIEDS outpatient team, Caf outpatient team, or other adult community support)?
  • What are the numbers of patients that are not accepted to direct SIEDS outpatient support, who then later require inpatient care in C Ward from 2017 - 2021?
  • How many complaints have been received regarding wait times, or inability to access SIEDS support (both inpatient and outpatient) from 2017 - 2021?
  • What are the clinical guidelines around discharge from C Ward?
  • What are the wait times for access to inpatient care in C Ward 2017 - 2021 (average wait, longest wait, shortest wait, broken in to year groups)
  • How many regional admissions are there to C Ward (2017- 2021)?
  • What is the policy around using the Mental Health Act for people to receive inpatient treatment in C Ward for Eating Disorder support?
  • How many people have been under the Mental Health Act for Eating Disorder Support from 2017 - 2021? (broken into year groups, and aged under 18 and over 18).
  • What is the policy around repeated use of the Mental Health Act for C Ward admissions?
  • Is there a policy stating that the Mental Health Act can only be used once?
  • What are the clinical guidelines for care of people diagnosed with severe and enduring Anorexia?
  • How many inpatient beds will be available in the new hospital based at Hillmorton?
  • Will the new ward be a closed or open ward?
  • Will the new ward be combined with the Mothers and Baby’s ward or separated?

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Communications and Public Relations Staff

For each financial year: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and for the partial year of 2022 to date:

  • Number of FTE communications /media staff employed in each year (this includes all internal and external communications staff /content producers and social media staff).
  • The salary range paid to communications staff in each year.
  • Number of communications/media contractors used in each year.
  • Total sum paid to communications contractors in each year.
  • A breakdown of positions and numbers employed in each role (i.e. how many media advisors, senior media advisors, internal communications, managers, social media producers/managers).
  • How many media queries received in each year.
  • How many interview requests received in each year.
  • How many media interviews given,  and to which media organisations and when.
  • Total salary costs for communications staff each year.
  • In each year, how many communications staff paid a salary more than $100,000 per annum and $200,000 per annum.

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Precocious puberty

  • How many children were referred for precocious puberty since 2006?
  • How many treated since 2006?

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Housing Improvement Regulations Act

Housing Improvement Regulations Act and the issue of any repair notices under s44(1) by Medical Officer of Health.

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Number of Community-based attachments (CBAs)

  • The total number of Community-based attachments (CBAs) currently accredited at your DHB
  • A breakdown of the types of CBA these are (e.g. Urban GP, rural GP, sexual health clinic, public medicine, urgent care, etc.)

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Costs paid for translation services

Breakdown of costs paid for translation services for written documents such as board reports, etc which are translated into languages other than English. I would like to see this for the last three years.

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Assaults on staff 2021 to 2022

Staff physically assaulted by patients in past year. Of those how many were off work for more than 20 days? How many resulted in an ACC claim.

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Unvaccinated staff

Staff currently employed by Canterbury DHB who are unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order.

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Managing staff fatigue

  • Do you have a policy which instructs staff on how to manage fatigue?
  • How many times (if at all) have staff exceeded 75 hours work in a 7 day period?
  • If there are staff who have exceeded 75 hours work in a 7 day period, what position were they employed in?
  • What is the longest continuous time frame which staff could possibly work?
  • What position would staff in question 4 hold?

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Integrated Pharmacy Services Agreement

Policies and documents relating to the Integrated Pharmacy Services Agreement.

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Cognitive impairment

Cognitive Impairment - Information relating to the links in HealthPathways.

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Mental Health Act

A copy of:

1. Mental Health Act Section 8 Form: application form for any person to fill out.

2. Mental Health Act Section 8B Form: medical certificate form

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PGY1 House Officers

1. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled by the ACE matching system for each year between 2014 and 2022, and a breakdown of these by country of training of the candidate (e.g. New Zealand, Australia).

2. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled in by NZREX graduates for each year between 2014 and 2022.

3. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled in by candidates from a Comparable Health System (e.g. U.K., Ireland, U.S.A., Canada etc.) for each year between 2014 and 2022.

4. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions that were available and advertised outside of the ACE matching system for each year between 2014 and 2022.

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Theatre nurse shortage

Theatre Nurse shortage (Vacancies vs illness). Effect on planned care.

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Effects of industrial actions May 2022

  1. How many appointments and surgeries were deferred as a result of the 24-hour strike on Monday May16?
  2. How many appointments and procedures were deferred or cancelled as a result of the 'work to rule' action on May 9-20?
  3. Of the affected procedures/surgeries - what kinds of surgeries - and did this include any cancer surgeries? If so, how many?

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MRT MECA bargaining information

MRT staffing, number of examinations, wait times.

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HNZ Waitaha Canterbury Purchase Order Terms and Conditions

HNZ Waitaha Canterbury purchase order terms and conditions for suppliers reference.

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Wait times for Cancer treatment and surgery

Times patients wait to see a specialist, to have surgery or to start their cancer treatment.

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OPCAT Report – October 2018

Report on an unannounced Inspection to the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 (Oct 2018). Which the Chief Ombudsman sent CDHB in Oct 2018. Can you please send a copy of CDHB's response.

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Earthquake-prone buildings

RE earthquake-prone buildings owned, occupied, rented, leased or in use by Canterbury DHB.

  • A count and list of all buildings owned, occupied, rented, leased or in use.
  • The count and list of buildings from question 1 that have had a seismic assessment since 1 July 2017.
  • The count and list of buildings from question 1 that have not had a seismic assessment since 1 July 2017.
  • The count and list of those from question 1 that are currently earthquake prone.
  • The count and list of those from question 4 that are between 20 percent and less than 34 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS).
  • The count and list of those from question 4 that are less than 20 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS).

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