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.

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 are recommended 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


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Sabin oral polio vaccine

Given that it may be stored for two years was the Sabin oral polio vaccine used in Christchurch in 1964 sourced from Europe through USA, direct from USA or direct from Europe?


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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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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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Measles vaccine

Correspondence sent and received by officials responsible for ordering vaccines about the need for more measles vaccines.


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The immunisation status of DHB staff

The immunisation status of medical/DHB staff mentioned as having contracted measles. How many of these and wider cases of DHB staff were vaccinated? How many shots did they receive? How close after the vaccines did they contract the measles?


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Staff and patients with vaccine preventable diseases

How many DHB health workers have contracted vaccine preventable illnesses such as measles, whooping cough or flue while employed by DHB in last decade? Had these workers been vaccinated? How many patients, if any, have contracted vaccine preventable illnesse3s from Health workers or other patients while in hospital in past decade?


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Vaccination rates among health workers

Any information the DHB holds about vaccination / immunisation rates for its health workers.


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Vaccination/Immunisation rates for DHB Health Care workers

Information about vaccination/Immunisation rates for DHB Health Care workers, i.e. midwives, nurses and doctors.


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