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 responses to EY report(s)

Summary of official information request

  1. A copy of the final Ernst & Young (EY) report(s) tabled or presented to the Board and/or the Quality Finance and Risk Committee between June-September 2020.
  2. A copy of the Executive Management response to the EY report(s) tabled or presented to the Board and/or Quality Finance and Risk Committee between June - September 2020.
  3. A full breakdown of the total costs associated with the EY review including 2019, 2020 and 2021 calendar years.
  4. A summary of what savings associated with the EY report have been delivered or verified, with supporting evidence.
  5. The costs associated with the appointment of ALMA Consulting in delivering or finding savings within CDHB.
  6. Copy of the Board minutes where Audit NZ discussed or presented their audit opinion of CDHB for 2020.
  7. The feedback from Board members including the Crown Monitor on the Audit NZ findings for 2020.
  8. Advice provided by Lester Levy to CDHB, including Dr John Wood and Mark Solomon, in his capacity as Crown Monitor, including evidence to support the advice in documents, emails (by official email and via personal email) and texts.
  9. Advice received or provided from Crown Monitor Lester Levy to CDHB Board or its Executive Management Team about what savings he believed could be delivered. 
  10. The Crown Monitor has consistently and publicly stated that there are new models of care needed. Did Dr Levy provide detail to CDHB of what these models are and what differences they might make? If so, pls release this detail.
  11. Advice received from Crown Monitor Dr Levy by CDHB Board and Executive Management Team, or by them from MOH re Dr levy’s advice, about what savings he believed could be delivered.


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