Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for information about vaccinations.

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Last updated:
20 July 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 Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, 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 where trusted whānau members provide 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 – again, 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 named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s 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 under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

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.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information


17 documents.

Ernst & Young (EY New Zealand) 2014 – 2021

Services provides by Ernst & Young 2014 - 2021.


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CDHB responses to EY report(s)

  1. A copy of the final Ernst & Young (EY) report(s) tabled or presented to the Board and/or the Quality Finance and Risk Committee between June-September 2020.
  2. A copy of the Executive Management response to the EY report(s) tabled or presented to the Board and/or Quality Finance and Risk Committee between June - September 2020.
  3. A full breakdown of the total costs associated with the EY review including 2019, 2020 and 2021 calendar years.
  4. A summary of what savings associated with the EY report have been delivered or verified, with supporting evidence.
  5. The costs associated with the appointment of ALMA Consulting in delivering or finding savings within CDHB.
  6. Copy of the Board minutes where Audit NZ discussed or presented their audit opinion of CDHB for 2020.
  7. The feedback from Board members including the Crown Monitor on the Audit NZ findings for 2020.
  8. Advice provided by Lester Levy to CDHB, including Dr John Wood and Mark Solomon, in his capacity as Crown Monitor, including evidence to support the advice in documents, emails (by official email and via personal email) and texts.
  9. Advice received or provided from Crown Monitor Lester Levy to CDHB Board or its Executive Management Team about what savings he believed could be delivered. 
  10. The Crown Monitor has consistently and publicly stated that there are new models of care needed. Did Dr Levy provide detail to CDHB of what these models are and what differences they might make? If so, pls release this detail.
  11. Advice received from Crown Monitor Dr Levy by CDHB Board and Executive Management Team, or by them from MOH re Dr levy’s advice, about what savings he believed could be delivered.


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EY Taskforce Programme Support Phase 2

EY Taskforce Programme Support Phase 2


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Audit of Canterbury DHB spending

I have been told that in 2020 the CDHB spent around $375,000 on an audit to find out why the organisation had gone over budget for the year.

  • Any information about an audit/investigation/review or any other process undertaken last year around the budget and why spending was over.
  • This should include but not be restricted to any reports into this or similar documents or final feedback/decisions/findings.
  • Details of the cost of this process including a final cost, breakdown of that total, who it was paid to?


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EY Report, June 2020

A copy of the Ernst Young Report costing $240,000 and examining the drivers of the Canterbury DHB deficit.


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EY and Deloitte reports

Follow up to response to 10432. Request for EY and Deloitte reports.


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Final EY Report June 2020 and EMT response

A copy of the final EY report tabled / presented to the Board and/ or QFARC between June - September 2020.

A copy of the Executive Management Team (EMT) response to the EY report tabled / presented to the Board and / or QFARC between June - September 2020


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EY costs

Total cost of EY work commissioned by CDHB Board over past year.


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EY contract, costs, reports and correspondence

From the start of 2019 to today’s date, details of all work the board has engaged EY to do.

  • Please list each engagement by date and provide details of the board’s request, including letters of engagement and terms of reference.
  • Please state what kind of procurement process was used for this work.
  • How much has EY invoiced to date for this work?
  • Please provide copies of any reports produced by EY from this work.


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Information provided to EY for reports

Documentation of what was requested by EY from the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) for their most recent report on the CDHB, what was supplied to EY by the CDHB and documentation of any form of reconciliation between these 2 documents.


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Ernst Young Report 2019

  • Provide final future focused operational plan produced by EY into the CDHB co-commissioned by Canterbury DHB and MoH as mentioned in the July 2019 Board agenda.
  • Provide the executive management teams response to above.


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Correspondence regarding EY Report

All requests for reports by the board chair or any board member to EY since July 16, 2020
All reports provided to the board by EY since July 16, 2020.
All correspondence, including texts, emails, and conversations between Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and board chair Sir John Hansen from August 21-26.


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Cost of EY Report

Sir John Hansen has commissioned an external review/report. I’m concerned about this costly process coming at a time when he and the board are talking about cutting costs.
How much has the Ernst Young report that Sir John Hansen commissioned cost to date? What clinical experience or relevant health sector experience Sir John Hansen has?


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EY review June 2020

The Ernst Young EY review recently submitted to the CDHB Board.


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EY review June 2020

When were EY contracted to undertake that study, and when was it completed?
What was the cost to CDHB of that contract with EY?
Why did the CDHB not use its own staff to provide an explanation as to why staff costs " are a major driver of its operational deficit?"


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EY review June 2020

Copies of the Ernst Young (EY) reports on Canterbury DHB.


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EY review report of Canterbury DHB

Request for the reports by EY about Canterbury DHB.


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