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VISITORS TO HOSPITAL

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Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Canterbury and West Coast Health Disability Action Plan

Marking a major milestone for equitable care, the collaborative Canterbury and the West Coast Health Disability Action Plan was launched in July 2016. It is an action plan, and so the launch is only the beginning.

The aim of the Plan is to ensure people who experience disability in across the Transalpine area have the health services they need and are included in decisions about their health care. This ten year Plan is the product of more than a year of consultation with Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs) to define priorities for the first two years and map our way forward for the next eight.

It’s a work in progress, as it needs to remain responsive to people’s changing needs. Consultation too is ongoing and one of the most important actions for the coming year is to invite input from the wider community, particularly those with a disability who aren’t represented through a DPO.

Having your say on the plan

In August 2019 the general public were invited by Canterbury and West Coast DHB's to provide feedback about the plan so that it can be refreshed and updated.

Disability Steering Group (DSG)

The formation of a steering group with representatives from the community, the disability sector and from across the health system marks the achievement of the first of the Plan's promised actions

The purpose of the group is to ensure people with disabilities in the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board areas have the health services they need, and feel included in decisions about their health care. The group has been selected to ensure the right balance of representation and to gather round a single table a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise.

Read more about the Disability Steering Group (DSG)

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