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

Surgical Mesh

Response to official information request

  1. Please provide in total the number of surgeons who were undertaking surgical mesh procedures in NZ for stress urinary procedures using surgical mesh, prior to the 8th October 2018 and before the letter sent out by Dr Bloomfield to all DHB’s.
  2. Please provide the total amount of surgeons whom will be able to continue to undertake removal/revision surgical mesh procedures in NZ after the 8th October 2018.
  3. Please provide the total amount of surgeons whom were undertaking removal/revision of surgical mesh in NZ prior to 8th October 2018.
  4. Please provide a total list of surgeons, by name, whom will be able to implant surgical mesh for stress urinary incontinence procedures after the 8th October 2018.
  5. Please provide a list of surgeons, by name, whom will be able to remove surgical mesh for stress urinary incontinence procedures. (major removal 2nd or subsequent adjustment as set out in credentialing expectations).

Also see OIA response 9970a for further information.


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