All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023


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.

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.

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 are recommended 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


11 documents.

Health Partners Consulting

In each of the financial years ended June 30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were Health Partners Consulting engaged by the DHB to undertake any reviews, projects or other activities or work, what was the purpose of each review, project, or other activity or work, and how much was paid to Health Partners Consulting for each review, project, or other activity or work?


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Cost of RMO locums in 2021

Amount paid to RMO locums hired through agencies or bureaus outside of the management of District Health Board (i.e. not including casual employees of the District Health Board) in the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and 1 April 2021 to 31 October 2021.


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Tier 1, 2, 3 Contractor pay rates

Over the last 5 years what are the names of contractors, who have worked for longer than one year, in a DHBs tier 1,2 or 3 management position, and what was the daily or weekly or year rate paid to each of these contractors?


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External contractors employed by Planning and Funding and IT departments

Can you please provide me with details of contractors/non FTE staff you have working under the funding and planning, and the IT department?
Function: gender date started at DHB date when IT account was setup, hourly rate P&F or IT M/F dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy $xxx


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Progressive Procurement Policy

  • Copies of any communications you have sent to suppliers or contractors asking whether they meet the definition of a Māori business;
  • Copies of any communications you have sent to suppliers or contractors advising them of the requirements of the Progressive Procurement Policy;
  • The number/value of contracts your agency has terminated because a supplier or contractor didn’t meet the definition of a Māori business since the Progressive Procurement Policy came into force;
  • The number/value of contracts your agency has signed with Māori businesses since the Progressive Procurement Policy came into force.


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External contractors 2020-2021

The amount of money your department /organisation has spent on the hiring of external contractors in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Could you also provide details of every contract over $10,000, including who/ which firm was hired, to do what job, and over how long of a period.


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DHB savings identified by consultants

RE Alma Consulting Ltd / contractors employed to find significant savings at CDHB.

  • A list of actions recommended, and amount saved by each recommendation.
  • A list of all actions that will be undertaken by the DHB to achieve savings in light of advice received.
  • An estimated cost if any, associated with the actions required to achieve savings.


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Alma Consultancy

RE the original ALMA Consulting Contract: (Commenced 15 February 2021 for 3 months:)

  • What was the outcome of their work?
  • Did they find significant savings and if so, how much?
  • How can the Board justify this cost ($33,000-$55,000).
  • What other consultants have been hired since David Meates resigned and Peter started?
  • At what cost?


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Consultants used to identify Canterbury DHB savings

Finance / Consultants: Peter Bramley mentioned at the Board Meeting he had appointed consultants to help the DHB identify savings. Can you let me know:
- the name of the consultants / - the term of the contract / - the budget for this work


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DHB spend on casual workers

Please can you advise on the total spent on temporary casual / bank and agency workers by the District in the periods Financial Year 18/19 and 19/20. Your response should be broken down by professional group and financial year.

  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Medical:  Medical Agency spend also includes spend on Locum Doctors.


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Corporate office staff salaries and consultants employed by CDHB

Corporate Office - salaries, consultants employed in past year, amount spent on IT projects.


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