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Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info about vaccinations.

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

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, 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 (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides 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 – 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 support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens 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 children are allowed to visit.
  • 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, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • 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.

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.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

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

More COVID-19 information

Coronavirus

37 documents.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests

Brand of Rapid Antigen Tests distributed to the public for home testing at Whanau Ora COVID testing centre Pages Road.

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COVID-19 information and communications

Information and communications about the design of COVID-19 related visual material.

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Cost of COVID-19 hospital checkpoints

COVID-19 - The total cost of every set-up including contractors, security, workforce, hireage, purchases, administration, equipment, computer connections, stationery and any other expense associated with these checkpoints at all hospitals and any other facilities.

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COVID-19 information updates

Who is given information on the daily COVID cases in each DHB region in advance of any Ministry of Health or government statement, or briefing? Which stakeholders and/or partner organisations are given information? The nature of the information; what information about the COVID cases are people given?

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Community-based isolation quarantine plan

Copy of the community-based isolation and quarantine plan to respond to potential outbreaks of Covid-19

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Covid-19 hospital triage protocols

  • The Triaged Protocol used for Covid-19 cases in Hospitals under your district used for assessing patient case severity.
  • For each level of severity, provide the treatment protocol given including medicines and dosage prescribed.
  • What Antivirals, Immune-Modulators, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-coagulant, and Convalescent plasma's are used along with there Indications.

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Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) spending May 2020 to May 2021

Re CDHB 10636:

  • How much has CDHB spent on healthcare matters in MIQ facilities. $15,809,936 for year May 2020 to May 2021.
  • Can you provide me with a breakdown of these costs?
  • What was this money spent on? i.e. outside health professionals contracted in etc.

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Covid Vaccination staff job description and details

  1. The Job Description of the person in charge (or employed within the Canterbury District Health Board) of the current and local (Canterbury region) Covid 19 Vaccination process.
  2. The Salary (also expenses) of the person in charge (or employed within the Canterbury District Health Board) of the current and local (Canterbury region) Covid 19 vaccination process

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Covid-19 treatment provided in managed quarantine

I request the following information relating to Managed Quarantine:

  • What treatment, if any, was given to these 'positive cases'?

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MIQ and healthcare workers employment terminated

How many MIQ workers and frontline healthcare workers have had their employment terminated because they have not received the Covid vaccination?

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Covid-19 vaccination group 2

Covid-19 vaccinations: Maori and Pacific islanders in the Canterbury DHB area who are 70 or over are classified as being in Priority Group 2 for vaccination. I seriously doubt that specific ethnic groups in Canterbury currently are more vulnerable than others. Why are not individuals of other races 70 and over also in Group 2?

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Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Since February 1, 2021, copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, and correspondence, both internal and external, regarding misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines/vaccination, including any reports of examples of misinformation, any official reaction to such examples or the problem of misinformation as a whole, and the possible impact of such misinformation.

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COVID-19 vaccine surplus doses

All correspondence by any CDHB staff member about the surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses on the weekend of April 9-11 involved in managing and distributing the vaccine doses during that period including but not limited to:

  • when it was discovered,
  • how the over-supply happened,
  • all discussion about responses to distribute (and not waste) the extra doses.
  • AND all and any correspondence to and from Ralph La Salle, Hannah Gordon and Kim Sinclair-Morris about the surplus supply and its distribution from Friday April 9 to April 18.

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COVID-19 vaccinations related reports, memos, briefings etc during 2021

  • Any memos, reports or briefing notes, including drafts, prepared since January 1, 2021 relating to the vaccine roll out in Canterbury.
  • Any emails and information about the left over vaccines distributed by the CDHB to businesses and contingency plan.
  • The names and number of businesses which were offered the free vaccines to avoid wastage.
  • The locations of every vaccination clinic in Canterbury.
  • The standby list of people within Managed Isolation and Quarantine or Port facilities.
  • Examples of how Māori and Pacific healthcare has been prioritised since the announcement of the vaccine roll out.

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MIQ facility staff earning the living wage

The number of workers, not employed by hotels, but working in MIQFs who are currently earning below the Living Wage.

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Supporting the wellbeing of MIQ facility workers in Canterbury: Survey Summary

  • Date: 10 May 2021
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Background

The Information Team at Community and Public Health (the public health division of the Canterbury District Health Board), was approached by the Canterbury Regional Isolation and Quarantine (C-RIQ) leadership who were concerned by incidents of stigma and discrimination being reported to them by staff working within the Canterbury Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities (MIQF). In order to inform next steps by the C-RIQ leadership in supporting their workforce, a rapid literature review and a survey of Canterbury MIQF staff was undertaken in late 2020.

You can also read the full MIQ facility workers survey and literature review

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Supporting the wellbeing of MIQ facility workers in Canterbury: Survey report and rapid literature review

Background

The Information Team at Community and Public Health (the public health division of the Canterbury District Health Board), was approached by the Canterbury Regional Isolation and Quarantine (C-RIQ) leadership who were concerned by incidents of stigma and discrimination being reported to them by staff working within the Canterbury Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities (MIQF). In order to inform next steps by the C-RIQ leadership in supporting their workforce, a rapid literature review and a survey of Canterbury MIQF staff was undertaken in late 2020.

Literature Review

To date, little or no research has been applied to understanding any work-related wellbeing impacts for individual MIQF workers, their whānau, and their communities, as well as any implications for life outside-of-work. The most closely related literature is focused on healthcare and other front-line workers’ experiences within in-patient contexts, for other viral diseases such as HIV, EBOLA, MERS, SARS (although the COVID-19 literature is emerging).

In a high-stress situation, such as a pandemic response, distorted disease perception, misinformation, and fear can trigger reactions from individuals and groups that can disproportionately affect front-line workers (and their significant others) and lead to negative psychosocial outcomes. Stigma and discrimination directed towards front-line healthcare workers have been well documented across several previous viral epidemics including HIV, EBOLA, MERS, SARS, and currently COVID-19, where they have been shown to be strongly associated with low staff motivation, poor staff retention, low morale, reduced psychological wellbeing, and in some cases anxiety and depression.

The applicability of the literature review findings to COVID-19 MIQ facilities in New Zealand needs to be considered in light of the differences in illness severity and the nature of the settings studied in the literature. Despite these differences, previous epidemics and settings share many common elements, and many of the studies propose strategies that might be applied in the context of New Zealand’s MIQ facilities.

You can also read the MIQ facility workers survey summary

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Patients in isolation in hospital 2018-2020

Patients placed in isolation within DHB hospitals to prevent the spread of disease 2018-2020 calendar years broken down by year.

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Surveys of quarantine facilities

Copies of all surveys held by the Ministry done by facilities and DHBs of people who have stayed at managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

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COVID-19 related reports, plans, briefings etc during 2020

Requested re COVID-19 for calendar year 2020:

  • Situation reports
  • Status reports
  • Intelligence insight reports
  • Action, response and recovery plans
  • Task matrices, plans, or similar
  • Decision logs
  • Resource requests
  • Briefing / Cabinet papers
  • Organisation charts
  • Debrief / Lessons report

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COVID-19 Tests January 2020 to January 2021

  • How many COVID-19 tests, taken in the CDHB region between 22 January 2020 and today's date 28 January 2021, have been spoiled or damaged?
  • Resulting in those samples not being able to be tested./How were the tests spoiled or damaged?
  • When and where the samples were taken and transported to?
  • What repercussions were there for those involved in the testing process, including the patients affected?
  • How many patients, whose tests were spoiled or damaged, subsequently tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Any and all copies of video and photographs of spoiled or damaged COVID-19 tests.

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SARS Cov-2 testing on mariners

Regarding the ‘new strain’ of the SARS CoV-2: Has any evidence of that viral strain been forensically checked for, on the 3 vessels involved and were any of the cargos transporting frozen foodstuffs, fluids, chemicals, or containing medical supplies?

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Misconduct of staff at MIQs

  •  The number of staff at managed isolation or quarantine facilities (MIQs) investigated for alleged misconduct, broken down by date, managed isolation facility, the nature of misconduct, whether the misconduct was upheld, any disciplinary action taken, and the nature of the staff member (e.g. NZDF staff member, private security guard etc).
  • An overview of instances where staff at MIQs were investigated for alleged personal impropriety with guests (returnees), broken down by date, managed isolation facility, the nature of misconduct, whether the misconduct was upheld, any disciplinary action taken.

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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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COVID-19 Testing Protocols

  1. Copies of any protocols developed by, endorsed by or agreed to by Canterbury Health Laboratories  in relation to testing of samples from various patient groups within Canterbury.
  2. A summary of the mean and 90th centile time between sample collection and result reporting for covid-19 nucleic acid testing for samples analysed by Canterbury Health Laboratories. 

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Covid-19 testing

The impact of COVID-19 on children’s oral health

How COVID-19 has impacted on community oral health service for pre-school and primary school children.

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COVID-19 hospitalisation costs

COVID-19 related Hospitalisation costs

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COVID-19 related hospitalisation and mortality rates for Māori, Non-Māori, Māori and non-Māori with lived experience of disability.

Covid-19 hospitalisation and mortality numbers by Māori, Non-Māori, Māori with lived experience of disability and non-Māori with lived experience of disability.

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Hospital protocols during COVID-19 Level 1 and 2

Access for support people in hospitals within DHB during Level 2 lockdown and Level 1. (Between 14 May and 8 June).

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COVID-19 contact tracing

Number of people working in COVID-19 contact tracing each day from 1/12/2019 - 31/05/2020.

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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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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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Number of COVID-19 tests carried out

Information from Canterbury Health Laboratories and Community and Public Health about COVID-19 lab tests.

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Ruby Princess

All documentation the DHB holds in regard to the Ruby Princess’ visit to Akaroa on 13 March 2020.

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Preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic

Information relating to COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic preparations.

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