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

Use of restraints

Official information request details

  1. Can you please provide data about the use of restraints in the Canterbury DHB for both Emergency and mental health services and identify the service associated with this data? In particular, can you provide minutes of meetings or other documents produced by or for the CDHB Restraint Approval and Monitoring Group from 2008 through 2018 that provide trends of the use of mechanical and physical restraints?
  2. In addition, can you provide information during the calendar year 2008 and during the calendar year 2018 on the use of personal and physical/mechanical restraints in the Canterbury DHB? By physical/mechanical restraints I mean using appliances such as straps, ties or handcuffs to immobilise patients and by personal restraints I mean use of body contact for the purpose of immobilisation. This data should be kept in a Restraint Register or in the Safety 1st Incident Management System.
  3. This data for 2008 and 2018 should specify the type of restraint used (e.g., wrist strap) and the length of time between start and finish of each individual mechanical/physical restraint. Obviously the presentation of this data should be anonymised for the protection of privacy.


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