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

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.

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 to 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

Deferred surgeries

2 documents.

Planned surgeries 2019 – 2022: Wait times / deferred surgeries

  • How many planned surgeries took place each month by surgical type, July 2019 – June 2020, July 2020 - June 2021 and July 2021- June 2022?
  • How many people are waiting for a planned surgery (any type)?
  • How many are waiting longer than 120 days?
  • How does this compare to the same time last year?
  • Can you also let me know for the past month, broken down by week: - how many non-urgent surgeries were supposed to be scheduled but weren't scheduled?
  • Why were they not scheduled?
  • How many non-urgent scheduled surgeries were deferred?
  • Why were they deferred?


More informationDownload pdf (500KB)

Effects of industrial actions May 2022

  1. How many appointments and surgeries were deferred as a result of the 24-hour strike on Monday May16?
  2. How many appointments and procedures were deferred or cancelled as a result of the 'work to rule' action on May 9-20?
  3. Of the affected procedures/surgeries - what kinds of surgeries - and did this include any cancer surgeries? If so, how many?


More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

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