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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.

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

COVID-19 Testing

14 documents.

COVID costs

  • The full costs of all testing centres for COVID-19, including the road cone staff and the site payments etc.
  • The full costs health workers solely working with COVID, in labs or wards or anywhere else.



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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 tests and identifying measles

Regarding COVID vaccinations: How do testing protocols uniquely and individually identify the subject as having one or more of the following if they test positive? 

  • Measles virus


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COVID-19 swab instructions

COVID-19 testing: Please provide the instructions given to the nurses at MIQ on how to administer the test.


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People with COVID-19 in MIQ

  • How many Covid-19 infected persons in MIQ were admitted to Hospital?
  • How many were put on a respirator.
  • How many died in MIQ?


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Quarantine of Russian Fishermen

All correspondence in 2020 with officials from Managed Isolation and Quarantine; the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; The Ministry of Health, or any other Government ministry regarding the planning and coordination for the stay of 235 foreign fishermen who were granted a border exemption and arrived at the Sudima Hotel MIQ facility on October 16, 2020. My request also covers any correspondence the CDHB had with Sealord, Independent Fisheries and Maruha Nichiro on the the planning and coordination for the MIQ stay of 235 foreign fishermen.


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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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PPE for Nurses at Sudima Hotel

Two workers at Sudima who tested positive. Provide a description of the full PPE that the nurses were wearing. Copy of standard operating procedures provided and staff training manuals provided to the nurses for testing Covid infected people.


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International Mariners Quarantine

Managed isolation and quarantine of international mariners including a report related to their stay in October 2020.


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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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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

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