VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 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 Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other visitors safe.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 are able to 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, WhatApp 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 must wear a medical mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver 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

Bed occupancy

11 documents.

Admissions to Hillmorton Hospital and policies regarding patient property

Total patient admissions numbers to each unit ( North, South, East and West Inpatient Units) at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital between the periods of January 1 2022 and 31st May 2022. I am also requesting during the same period and same units at Te Awakura, Hillmorton Hospital, the following information in regards to the following policy: Search for and removal of banned items procedure (2400052). The total monthly amounts for each unit, as documented in patient notes of the following 2 items: Grounds for personal and property searches? And any evidence to support patient consent being obtained or denied.

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ICU occupancy, ventilators and ability to scale up

The latest information in regards to ICU beds, occupancy rates, and the ability to scale up

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing training

A breakdown by DHB showing how many nurses had completed the online ICU training module for nurses by August 17, and also now (most up to date figures available).

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capacity from March 2020 to September 2021

  1. ICU / Intensive Care Unit / Capacity 1. Since March 2020 and by each month thereafter, the number of fully staffed/operational ICU beds available, ICU capacity, a breakdown of all ICU staff (such as numbers of ICU nurses) and any vacancies, and how many surgeries were rescheduled or postponed/cancelled.
  2. Since March 2020, copies of any reports, documents or briefings that include information about ICU capacity, including (but not limited to) in relation to Covid-19, such as contingency plans to scale up capacity.
  3. Since March 2020, copies of all correspondence with the Ministry of Health regarding critical care and ICU, in relation to Covid-19, such as confirmation of current capacity and plans to scale up capacity.

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ICU Bed Occupancy 2018-YTD 2021

ICU bed occupancy (% of ICU beds occupied or number of occupied bed days and total number of available beds) for the period 1 Jan 2018 until the most recent available date. Could this please be provided in the smallest time periods possible (days, if available, otherwise weeks, otherwise months).

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Hillmorton Specialist Mental Health Service Business Cases

Copies of documents created since the start of 2019 that relate to the condition, performance and adequacy of specialist mental health facilities managed by the DHB: Copies of business cases for repairs or upgrades of existing SMHS facilities / building of new facilities. Bed occupancy rates, bed numbers, unplanned readmission rates, funding for SMHS addiction facilities etc.

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Mental Health Ombudsman Reports

  • Mental Health Unit data: name, location and number of beds for each mental health and intellectual disability unit (this includes forensic units)
  • All reports carried out by the Ombudsman in the past five years on any one of these units.
  • For each unit, please provide:
    • the occupancy data for the 12 months ending November 30
    • strategies your DHB employs to house and care for people in mental health and intellectual disability units if there are too few beds
    • most recent engineering/building report for each of your mental health and intellectual disability units again, this includes forensic units
    • self-assessment data collected by your DHB and submitted to the Ministry of Health for each of your mental health and intellectual disability units

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Occupancy

  • What is the maximum bed occupancy in ICU Intensive Care Units, across all hospitals?
  • What has been the bed occupancy rate (% beds occupied in ICUs by week/month for the period 15 March to 1st October 2020.

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Hospital bed numbers

The total number of hospital beds from 2017 to 2019 at Canterbury DHB.

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