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

Annual Plan

5 documents.

Canterbury DHB Annual Plans

CDHB Annual Plans: Would you please provide me with copies of those up to and including 2007/2008, either electronically or by hard copy mailed to my home address.

  • The CDHB's Annual Plan for 2019/20 (the Annual Plan for 2020/21 is not yet publicly available) states on page 1 that the Annual Plan "has been prepared to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, Crown Entities Act, Public Finance Act, and the expectations of the Minister of Health."
  • Please provide specific details of the sections and/or subsections of the three Acts which require DHBs to prepare Annual Plans.
  • Please provide specific details which give the Minister of Health the right to state what his or her expectations are of the CDHB - what is the legislative basis for such expectations?


More informationDownload pdf (8MB)

Annual Plan 2020/2021 and Annual Report 2019/2020

  • With reference to OIA CDHB 10459 and CDHB 10397: When will the CDHB’s Annual Plan 2020/2021 be made available on the CDHB website?
  • What is the current status of the Annual Plan 2020/2021?
  • What is the current status of the CDHB’s Annual Report, including audited financial statements, for the year ended 30 June 2020 and when will this also be made available on the CDHB website?


More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

2019/20 Annual Plan

RE 2019/20 Annual Plan:

  1. Please provide all service review proposals sent to the Ministry of Health in the 2019/20 year.
  2. Please provide the outcome of each of these service reviews.
  3. Please advise which of the proposals went to the minister for approval, and what the outcome of that process was for each proposal.


More informationDownload pdf (500KB)

Statement of Performance Expectations 2020/21

This document is the DHB’s Statement of Performance Expectations which has been prepared to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, Crown Entities Act, Public Finance Act, and the expectations of the Minister of Health.

Linking with our Statement of Intent and Annual Plan, the Statement of Performance Expectations describes actions we will take to deliver on national priorities and expectations in the coming year, the standards and targets we expect to meet and our includes our projected financial position.

The Statement of Performance Expectation is presented to Parliament and used at the end of the year to compare planned and actual performance. Audited results are presented in our Annual Report


More informationDownload pdf (1.5MB)

CDHB Draft Annual Plan 2018-2019

A copy of the CDHB's draft 2018/2019 Annual Plan


More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

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