COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Mother and baby harm or injury reported following an assisted birth of caesarean section delivery

Official information request details

The number of babies injured or who died during birth following assisted delivery or C-section (Incl Ventouse or forceps.)

Note: The information included in our response does not specify if the method of delivery was the sole cause of the injury to the baby or mother but rather what the method of delivery was and whether any injury was diagnosed and therefore recorded in our coded dataset.

To establish the extent to which the method of delivery caused the injury, and the seriousness of any associated injury, would require us to further analyse all assisted birth records, and would involve substantial collation and research.


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