HOSPITAL VISITING

Hospital visiting guidelines updated 16 September 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are not 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.

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

98 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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Legality of enforcement of wearing face masks

I see that you are not allowing visitors who won't or can't wear a face mask. I fully support this. How does this apply with the legality/ discrimination against those who have gained an official face covering exemption for a medical reason or disability. My request is for any legal opinions used by the CDHB in making this decision. I am wanting this information for my own research into this matter.

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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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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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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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Media access to DHB premises

RE media access to DHB premises to interview staff and patients and take photos before COVID restrictions. Board's intentions for future regards media access under COVID.

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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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COVID-19 hospitalisations

I've heard there are a few patients that have been hospitalised for more than month.

  • How many patients have there been?
  • How long have they each stayed in hospital?
  • How many have had to go into ICU and how long have they each stayed there (as part of their total time in hospital)?
  • And were they on a ventilator when in ICU? How many of these patients were vaccinated when they presented at hospital?

If there are any other details that can be provided too (eg. age, ethnicity, sex) that would be appreciated.

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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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COVID-19 hospitalisations

  • Covid hospitalisation directly related to covid and covid only.
  • Covid hospitalisation where patient was admitted for another reason and covid was detected after arriving at the hospital.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for covid only infections.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for non-covid conditions where a covid test after arriving at the hospital showed infection.

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COVID-19 related hospital admissions

Please indicate what is your exact procedure for determining that hospital admissions in this current time are in fact directly due to Covid-19.

i.e. are you testing people who are admitting themselves for something non respiratory related and if they test positive after admission for sars cov 2 are you listing it as a covid admission regardless ?

i.e. people who are admitted for something respiratory related that is later diagnosed as not sars cov 2, are you indicating them as covid hospitalisations if they return a positive test during admission.

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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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Pfizer vaccine and blood clots

Use of D-dimer tests by DHB to identify blood clots following COVID vaccination.

 

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Cervical screening backlog due to COVID-19

Cervical screening: Backlog of women who still need to be screened since first lockdown (COVID) in particular Maori and Pacific women.

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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-19 vaccinations at Health Wigram

Health Wigram no longer offers Covid-19 vaccinations or tests (excluding paid fit to fly / travel tests). Was this decision made or suggested by CDHB? Further, why has the total number of GPs offering these services reduced dramatically over the past few months in the CDHB area?

Please also provide the contents of any investigation report, or similar related documents, held by CDHB relating to Health Wigram Covid-19 vaccine administration or Covid-19 testing errors, including but not limited to the instance where they administered saline instead of a Covid-19 vaccination dose.

 

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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COVID lockdowns effect on health services

Elective procedures, imaging (MRI, CT scans) and mental health appointments delayed under lockdown levels 3 and 4.

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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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Impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on cervical cancer treatment

The impact of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions on cervical cancer screenings and treatments.

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Mask mandates for employees

Policies on Mask Mandates for Employees and contractors.

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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-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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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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