ORANGE

Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
20 July 2022

Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We 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.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances where trusted whānau members provide assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – again, please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit.
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them.
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and other maternity units. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments. No under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted).
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

Aged care

14 documents.

OPCAT Report – October 2018

Report on an unannounced Inspection to the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989 (Oct 2018). Which the Chief Ombudsman sent CDHB in Oct 2018. Can you please send a copy of CDHB's response.

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Aged care, number of hospital beds available

  • Since March 2020 have you had to reduce the number of beds you can offer for aged residential care?
  • How many beds did you offer in March 2020, and how many do you offer now?
  • If so, what has caused the DHB to reduce the number of age residential care beds available?
  • Have you had to reduce the number of general hospital beds available since March 2020?
  • If so, what has caused the DHB to reduce the number of general beds available?
  • How many general hospital beds were available in your catchment area in March 2020, and how many general hospital beds are available now?

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Aged care facilities

Aged care facilities, total number funded, number of residents in facilities, number of facilities that have closed, Reason for closure.

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Inspections of aged care facilities carried out in relation to OPCAT

Any correspondence, both internal and external, since 2020 and regarding any inspections of aged care facilities carried out in relation to OPCAT, and any documentation or reports related to any such inspections.

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Aged Residential Care Facilities

# Since 2020, copies of any reports received or held by the DHB that were completed in relation to OPCAT (the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) inspections of secure aged care facilities, and copies of any response to these reports.

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Residential care access

  • How persons (under 50 yrs) apply for residential care, on the basis of early dementia diagnosis.
  • How persons (under 50yrs) apply for residential supported living type community homes.
  • Info about contracted providers of residential care and supported living homes, incl NGOs.

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Aged Residential Care

  • Does DHB have goals, targets, or objectives for current or future admissions to ARC? Targets could be expressed in terms of absolute numbers, annual percentage changes or changes in age-specific ARC utilisation rates. If yes, please supply docs or links to webpages and docs.
  • Has DHB analysed cost of providing home support to older people with high or complex needs compared to cost of funding them in ARC? If yes, please provide copy of report or details of the report.

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Reports and correspondence about Rosewood Rest Home

Copies of any reports, documents, briefings or correspondence that include or summarise feedback from DHB staff sent to work at Rosewood rest home.

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PPE at Burwood Hospital, March to May 2020

Correspondence regarding concerns or complaints about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) / Reports regarding nurses or medical staff at Burwood Hospital speaking to journalists or media, covering the period from 15 March to 20 May 2020.

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Correspondence about Rosewood rest home, 3 April to 10 April 2020

All correspondence received and sent by Dan Coward and received and sent by Sue Nightingale about Rosewood rest home, between April 3 and April 10, inclusive.

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Provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) in rest homes

About the provision of PPE equipment to rest homes between March 3 and April 3, inclusive.

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Information about Rosewood rest home regarding the situation when staff and patients contracted Covid-19

Copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, or correspondence regarding the number of issues regarding safe practice at Rosewood Rest home and that took place after staff and patients contracted Covid-19.

Copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, or correspondence regarding the decision to appoint an acting manager to Rosewood Rest home.

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Complaints about aged care rest homes

Copies of complaints received by the DHB since January 2019 about Aged Care rest homes and residential care.

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Aged care facilities

Data related to use of aged care facilities in the Canterbury region.

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