All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

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.

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 are recommended 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

Canterbury Health System Quality Accounts 2019

WellNow Canterbury is our community health magazine which goes to every Canterbury mailbox twice a year. This spring edition doubles as the Canterbury Health System’s Quality Accounts, to provide a picture of how well our Health System is meeting Canterbury’s health needs, and showcase our work to improve services and standards of care.

This online-only version features a How we measure up section, charting our performance against the National Health Targets, and quality and safety markers as set by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, as well as other key measures.

You can read the full online magazine in two different formats:

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You can click on the individual links below to go straight to the following stories.

How we measure up

Canterbury DHB strives to ensure our services are safe, integrated, focused on evidence-based best practice, and are responsive to consumer needs. This section aims to provide readers with a picture of how well our Health System is meeting Canterbury’s health needs.

Improving system performance through the System Level Measures

The System Level Measures are one of the national outcomes frameworks developed to recognise and strengthen integration across the health system and measure system performance.

How we’ve performed over the past year

How did we perform with System Level Measure targets.

Your Experience Matters to Us – National Patient Experience Survey

The Patient Experience Survey is a large, national survey that asks for feedback from patients 15 years and older who recently spent time as inpatients in our hospitals, or visited their General Practice team. One of the System Level Measures where the Canterbury Health System is measured on its performance relates to the patient experience of care.

Quality and Safety Markers

Health Quality and Safety Markers are designed to track progress to help us improve healthcare and reduce patient harm. Areas of work include reduction of falls and surgical site infections, improved hand hygiene, safe surgery, medication reconciliation and improving recognition of the deteriorating patient.

Improving your experience of the health system

Hearing from people who use Canterbury DHB’s health and disability services (consumers) helps us improve the quality of our health system.


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Page last updated: 6 November 2019

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