VISITING HOSPITAL

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

After-Hours

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Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) availability, after-hours call hours

Provide the following information identified by Department/Specialty and by Hospital – that is, Christchurch, Hillmorton, Burwood, Princess Margaret, Ashburton Hospitals.

  • Availability Allowance.
  • Average after-hours call hours.
  • Call ratio.
  • Shift patterns (where they exist).
  • Recovery Time Agreements.
  • % of Non-Clinical time

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Funding for after hours services

Do you provide financial support to Pegasus 24 Hour Surgery to reduce the cost of home visits? If so, why is a similar level of support not provided to Afterhours GP?

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PHO services agreement regarding after-hours services

  1. Does your DHB have a current plan or strategy for the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
  2. As a DHB, do you directly provide or fund that meets the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
  3. Within your DHB district, do PHOs (or equivalent bodies) directly provide or fund (either fully or partly) the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services that meet the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
  4. Are General Practices within your DHB district required to fund (either fully or partly) the provision of After-Hours / Urgent Care Services that meet the requirements of the provision of Urgent Care Services, as defined in the PHO Services Agreement?
  5. Are General Practices within your DHB district required to participate in an urgent care / after-hours / on-call roster in order to meet their Urgent Care Services obligations?

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