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.

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

CDHB car parking costs and revenue

Response to official information request

I request the following information for each of the 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18 financial years:

  1. The total revenue from patients and visitors paying to park their vehicles in any DHB parking space.
  2. Are any parking spaces provided to employees? If so, what is the total economic value of the parks?
  3. The total revenue collected from employee parking spaces.
  4. The total number of DHB parking spaces.
  5. The total revenue generated from fines and infringement fees as a result of staff, patients, and visitors parking their vehicles improperly.
  6. The total number of fines and infringement notices issued. Please also disclose the number of fines and infringement notices that were waived.
  7. The total cost of the DHBs parking enforcement system. Please ensure to include any payments or wages made to contractors or staff to patrol the DHB parking spaces.
  8. The current hourly charge for a user to park a vehicle in any DHB parking space. If parking is charged at a time interval other than hourly, please disclose the relevant interval(s) and charge(s).
  9. A list of any parking concession charges or exemptions available to patients or visitors.


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