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.
Please provide the gift registers held by the DHB about gifts/contributions/received items given to DHB employees (including medical professionals) for the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
Please provide records held regarding of any flights provided, paid for or subsidised by pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies to employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
Please provide any information the DHB holds regarding professional affiliations, board roles or advisory positions held by employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in connection to pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies.
If possible, break these affiliations down by the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
All correspondence, including by text messages and email external and internal and involving the people leaving themselves, between executives relating to Canterbury District Health Board’s deficit from January 1, 2020 to date.
All correspondence relating to resignations of executives, including by text messages and email external and internal and involving the people leaving themselves, between executives from January 1, 2020 to date.
The minutes from Canterbury DHB board meeting on Thursday August 20.
The minutes from Canterbury DHB emergency meeting on Wednesday August 12.
The minutes from Canterbury DHB emergency meeting on Tuesday August 4.
The minutes from Canterbury DHB Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) meeting on Monday August 3.
For each of the seven departing executives (David Meates, Michael Frampton, Mary Gordon, Carolyn Gullery, Dr Sue Nightingale, Stella Ward and Justine White) please provide any correspondence between them and CEO David Meates or them and any CDHB board member (including chair Sir John Hansen) sent in the two week period before each of their respective resignation dates.
Please provide a copy of the resignation letters/notices for each of the seven departing senior executives.
Please provide the minutes and any other documents presented in the August 4 emergency board meeting.
Please provide a copy of the draft 2020-21 annual plan endorsed by the board during the August 20 board meeting.
Please provide any correspondence between CDHB management or the board and the Ministry of Health/Health Minister's office sent in August 2020.