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

COVID-19 Vaccine

32 documents.

Cost of items given to public to encourage Covid vaccination

Cost of items given to public to encourage Covid vaccination since pandemic began March 2020.

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Staff who are working and knowingly have Covid-19

The number of front line medical staff including nurses, doctors and all hospital staff that the Ministry has in circulation who are currently working and knowingly have Covid-19 by the Ministry.
I would like this data for the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, May 2022.

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Unvaccinated staff

Staff currently employed by Canterbury DHB who are unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order.

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Acute myocarditis, pericarditis and tachicardia admissions

  • All acute Myocarditis, pericarditis and tachicardia admissions post covid diagnosis.
  • The number of walk in admissions to ED where a Dr has written anxiety on the discharge notes and the comparative figures for the last five years.

 

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Unvaccinated staff

RE unvaccinated employees who were mandated out of job. Staff on special leave, non paid leave and remain in employment but not working. Policy that on termination a nurse would lose nursing registration. That while stood down a nurse must not attend place of work. Number of nurses hired to replace nurses who had their employment terminated.

 

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Emergency Department COVID-19 vaccinations

  • A list of all district health board emergency departments that have a policy to provide COVID -19 vaccinations to unvaccinated people (COVID-19 ) who attend the emergency department
  • A list of all district health board emergency departments, paediatric debarments or wards that have a policy to provide childhood immunisations to all unvaccinated children who attend the department or ward.
  • What plan each district health board has to connect people or children not currently enrolled in primary care who attend the emergency department or other departments - in primary care ( registered with a PHO) - currently only 84% of Māori are enrolled in primary care (PHO).

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Mental health staff and COVID-19 vaccination mandates

  • How many roles / staff have been terminated / fired / released from contracts by way of refusing mandates for covid-19 vaccinations in the Christchurch Mental Health Sector?
  • Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible, including any mental health roles in prisons?
  • How many staff are performing double shifts on a weekly basis? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How much time do the patients in the mental health sector receive, on average, quality one-on-one care /support / help? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How many staff were specialist mental health services short by in November 2021, and how many in December 2021?
  • How many staff had left these roles wholly or partly to do with the covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • What were the reasons given for the 13 departures?
  • How many were due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • How many more staff have left the facility since July until date of your answer given to this OIA request?
  • How many of these have been partly or wholly due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?

 

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COVID-19 staff vaccinations

A detailed breakdown of CDHB employees and contractors that have NOT received the mandated two doses of a Covid vaccine and have Not been stood down i.e. Unvaccinated and still employed. I would like this data broken down by role, and for clinical staff, further broken down by specialization, along with the reason or rationale for each exemption from the mandate.

 

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Vaccination details for population of Kaikoura

Vaccination details for population of Kaikoura / incl children. Adverse and serious adverse events recorded post vaccination / deaths linked within Kaikoura District from vaccination / people admitted to hospital following vaccination within 30 to 90 days.

 

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Information about Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccinations

Any information you have regards number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 as the primary illness, that later had a diagnosis of Myocarditis, caused by the virus.

 

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COVID treatment related costs and vaccination related incentives

  • Costs to the DHBs for health care provided to the COVID-positive patients, including HDU and ICU,
  • Costs of the incentives / bribes, music, food, and other draw-cards at testing and vaccination centres implemented to entice people to get tested and vaccinated, (Costs that commenced 17/08/2021)

 

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and rheumatoid arthritis

Pfizer vaccine - for persons with an autoimmune or inflammatory disorder such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

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Fetal Deaths and Neonatal Deaths (additional questions re vaccination status)

Follow up to CDHB 10746 Fetal deaths and neonatal deaths.

  1. Please supply the covid 19 vaccination status for every Canterbury DHB mother who has experienced a stillbirth or a neonatal death in 2021.
  2. Please provide the date of covid 19 vaccination receipt (and if it was a first or second dose) and the date of the stillbirth or neonatal death for each mother.

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COVID-19 vaccinations for Māori

Covid-19 vaccination programmes and planning for Māori:

  • Copies of any plans formulated to vaccinate Māori in the region against Covid-19.
  • Details of measures the DHB has taken to provide vaccinations to Māori in the region, including staffing and resourcing.
  • Reports, briefings, memos, or other updates provided to the DHB's senior leadership on the progress of Covid-19 vaccine rollout to Māori.
  • Details of any data the DHB is collecting to monitor the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19. correspondence between senior leadership and the Ministry of Health relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.
  • Correspondence between senior leadership and other DHBs relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.
  • Correspondence between senior leadership and Māori health providers, experts and/or iwi relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.

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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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Information about Myocarditis Pericarditis and Vaccinations

Myocarditis and pericarditis information. Myocarditis cases overall, and month by month. Pericarditis cases overall and month by month. (Broken down by age and gender). Vaccine doses month by month Feb-Nov 2021. broken down by 1st dose, 2nd dose, age and gender.

 

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COVID-19 vaccination status and access to healthcare

Policy regarding declining treatment or not being seen in relation to vaccination status.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinics

  • How many vaccinations have been provided to date in total at the top 10 largest vaccination clinics in Canterbury?
  • Of those and for each clinic, how many vaccine doses were provided to each ethnic group? (the national Covid vaccination priority group)
  • Can you please provide the same data for the Ngā Hau e Whā marae and Maui vaccination clinics?

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COVID-19 vaccine error in Wigram

In relation to a vaccine error incident that occurred in Wigram on 14 July 2021.

  • All communications between you or your staff and the Ministry of Health regarding the incident. I would expect this to include all reports, briefings or aide memoire as well as emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages etc.
  • All communications between you or your staff and any Minister and or their offices regarding the incident. This should include the Prime Minister and her office.
  • A copy of all communications between you or your staff and any member of the media regarding the incident up to and including today’s date (25 August 2021). I am particularly interested in any information which discusses alerting those people vaccinated that there has been a vaccine error and steps taken to identify those affected (should individuals have been affected). I do not wish to receive any information which identifies any individual recipient of the vaccine.

 

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Immunisations for Maori and Pacific children, information about vaccine hesitancy

Immunisations for Maori and Pacific children / vaccine hesitancy including in relation to the Covid vaccine.

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Vaccination booking system security

All of the Valentia system security reviews and booking system reviews supplied by DHBs to the Ministry.”

 

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ED admissions subsequent to COVID vaccinations

A&E presentations: 30/7/2021 - 3/8/2021. Please could I have a sex and age break down of causes for all admissions, and numbers thereof, under diagnostic headings, e.g.:

1) blood clots 2) heart issues 3) breathing difficulties, 4) RSV 5) anaphylactic shock 6) Accidents ... etc?

Please can the breakdown include numbers of people whose admissions were subsequent to vaccination and the time frames: a) In the prior 2 weeks, b) the prior week, c) the prior 48 hours, d) The prior 24 hours?

 

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COVID-19 vaccinations for people in group 3

RE Covid vaccinations Group 3: I would like statistics on whether Group 3 has been effectively prioritised in Christchurch, and specifically East Christchurch. I would also like statistics on those whose bookings were cancelled because of lockdown last week

 

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COVID Vaccination Programme Pharmacy staff

  • The number of Pharmacy employees at your DHB that are currently seconded to the COVID Vaccination Programme and what their profession is (e.g. Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Assistant etc.).
  • What they were paid prior to their secondment and what they are currently paid under the COVID Vaccination Programme.

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Missed COVID-19 vaccination appointments

The number of scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments that were missed data to date since 1 July 2021 (i.e. since we moved to NIBS National booking system) as per our response to previous requests CDHB 10628

 

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COVID-19 vaccination rollout targets

  1. Can you provide all correspondence with and reporting to the Ministry of Health in relation to the determination of targets for the vaccination roll-out.

 

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COVID-19 vaccination rollout

  1. A summary of how many people are in each of the four Covid-19 vaccine rollout groups in areas administered by the CDHB. Additionally, I would like the same summary provided just for the area of greater Christchurch city.
  2. I would also like a weekly breakdown of the number of vaccinations that the CDHB is targeting for each of these groups. This could be provided as a weekly summary of the number of people the CDHB is expecting to be vaccinated in each group, from the beginning of the vaccination programme until the end.

 

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COVID-19 vaccination programme

  1. All correspondence between the Canterbury Primary Response Group and CDHB staff in the past two months (May, June, July to-date), regarding concerns about the speed rolling out the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
  2. The structure of the team within the CDHB responsible for rolling out the vaccine: number of employees involved, name of team, responsibilities.
  3. I've been told someone organising the rollout was fired/moved aside due to the slow rollout speed. Please provide details of any action taken by the CDHB to discipline staff involved in the rollout, or actions taken to improve the speed of the rollout. 4.Please provide correspondence between the CDHB and MoH staff in the past two months (May, June, July to-date) regarding concerns about the speed of the Covid vaccination roll-out in Canterbury.

 

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Covid-19 vaccination booking system performance

For the booking system pilot at Kaikōura Vaccination Centre (and any other pilot sites in CDHB), I request copies of all documents that discuss the system's performance and any issues encountered.

 

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COVID-19 vaccination appointments missed in 2021

The number of scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments that were missed by people for each month to date in 2021.

 

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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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