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.

Policies and procedures for monitoring mental health patients while they are on leave or a break

Official information request details

  • How do units monitor where patients are at all times?
  • Are there sign in/sign out procedures used at all facilities?
  • What are the definitions for locked, flexi and open wards?
  • Are these definitions used consistently?
  • Can involuntary patients be on open wards?
  • If patients do not return to the unit when they are supposed to, what is the protocol?


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