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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

Capacity

29 documents.

Operating theatre revenue and capacity

The impact on revenue for a hospital/DHB that is caused by an operating theatre being closed for a period of time. Can you please provide the average revenue that an operating theatre brings in per year? If that is too difficult, can you please provide the total operating theatre revenue for CDHB and the total amount of operating rooms?

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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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ICU capacity

What investment in the increased number of ICU beds by region and hospital, have been delivered, from 01 October 2019 to the date of your issuing the data.

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Intensive Care Unit

  1. How many intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available at Canterbury DHB that meet the staffing requirements outlined in the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) minimum standards for Level I, II, III and Paediatric ICUs? See: https://www.cicm.org.au/CICM_Media/CICMSite/Files/Professional/IC-1-Minimum-Standards-for-Intensive-Care-Units.pdf
  2. What is the DHB’s current Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria (CPAC) threshold for each speciality?
  3. What were the CPAC thresholds over the previous 5 years and how many patients were declined treatment (FSA or surgery) due to capacity of the service to deliver?

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Population based funding 2019-2020

The Canterbury DHB Annual Report 2019/2020, at page 48, disclosed Ministry of Health population-based funding for the year ended 30 June 2020 of $1,565,331,000 (2019: $1,463,233,000).

    1. With respect to the 2020 funding, which I presume is paid in advance to the CDHB, with accounting adjustments to match the revenue to the financial year, can you please advise the amounts received and when they were received in relation to the FY2020 year, and the accounting adjustments which resulted in the reported figure of $1,565,331,000.
    2. In relation to the FY2020 funding, and each tranche which I presume is paid on a regular basis to the CDHB, what information does the MOH provide to the CDHB regarding how those funds were calculated in accordance with the population-based funding formula?
    3. Alternatively, it may be the CDHB does not receive any advice about the PBFF at all and instead just receives tranches of funds as the year progresses. Am I right in that assumption?
    4. May I also ask if you have been advised of any reviews of the PBFF subsequent to the 2015 Technical Report?

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PPE COVID preparedness

Emergency Department RMO staffing, patient volumes and presentations

RMO FTE on ED runs 2016 and 2021, ED patient volumes last five years, ED presentations January and June 2021 by time band and day.

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and disposal

How much PPE CDHB hospitals received and disposed of during the pandemic.

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Multiple Sclerosis related staffing, wait times and services

Neurologists/Nurses/Nurse specialists staffing numbers. Waiting times 2020/2021 Financial year FSAs, Outpatients, follow up, Outpatient MRI, Outpatient infusion clinic appointment.

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Health statistics about the population of Lyttelton

Health statistics and data on population of Lyttleton suburb

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Cardiology staffing, March 2021

Re Cardiology Dept 15-29 March 2021:

  • Number of echo staff,
  • hours worked;
  • numbers of cases completed per day and size of backlog;
  • period of time backlog has existed;
  • number of and period of staff absence for any reason including training, sickness, unfilled positions, acting up;
  • work allocation and prioritisation; triage system rules;
  • outpatient backlog size;
  • age and quality of equipment.

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TAVI surgery criteria

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedure, surgery criteria, surgery availability.

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Population projections for Canterbury

The most recent population information provided to DHB by Statistics NZ, including any breakdowns by ethnicity, age, sex, deprivation index.

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Maternity cot capacity

Maternity - What are the additional costs associated with increasing cot capacity above budget? Cost of sending a woman away to give birth, including flights - over last five years. Comparing cost of sending a woman away to give birth and cost of increasing capacity, which one is cheapest?

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NICU capacity

RE capacity issues in NICU - any correspondence or reports from NICU clinical staff to the CDHB or senior management concerning capacity issues at NICU from 2020.

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First specialist assessments, emergency department presentations, and hospital capacity 2019-2020

For the period September 1 2019 to August 31 2020, a weekly breakdown of the following information:

  1. ED presentations
  2. Overall hospital capacity
  3. The overall number of referrals received for first specialist assessments for planned care, and the number of FSA that took place (clarified as Medical / surgical FSAs).

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Multiple Sclerosis – Neurology staffing numbers and waiting times

Multiple sclerosis - staffing numbers and waiting times - April 2019 - end of March 2020

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Canterbury DHB Long Term Investment Plan, July 2019 – June 2029

The Canterbury DHB Long Term Investment Plan outlines our investment approach to meeting anticipated demand on the Canterbury Health System over the next ten years.

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Preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic

Information relating to COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic preparations.

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COVID-19 Inventories Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stockpiles and projected demand.

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COVID-19 Information

Department Performance Measure Results 2017-2019

The performance measure results of each department from September 2017 to September 2019 e.g. patient flow indicators.

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Total hospital floor space

An estimate of the floor space of Canterbury DHB hospitals.

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Mothers babies transferred outside CDHB

How often have expectant mothers and or newborn babies been transferred to DHBs outside Canterbury?

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Women transferred to give birth

How many women have been transferred to another city to give birth in the past six months

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Mental Health – Staffing, experience, vacancies, capacity in acute unit, times above capacity

Staffing in Acute Mental Health Units, years of experience, vacancies, capacity, times above capacity.

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Surgical Training and non training positions vacant as at 11 June 2018

Surgical and Surgical Subspecialties Registrar training positions vacancies...

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Population forecasts for Canterbury DHB area

Population forecasts for Canterbury DHB area. Reports on hospital beds for Christchurch Hospital.

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