ORANGE

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 www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

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

Intensive Care

10 documents.

Remdesivir and ventilators

Has Remdesivir and ventilators been or are being used as a treatment for COVID patients in hospital?”

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (200KB)

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.

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (200KB)

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.

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (200KB)

ICU capacity

What investment in the increased number of ICU beds by region and hospital, have been delivered, from 01 October 2019 to the date of your issuing the data.

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

Intensive Care Unit

  1. How many intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available at Canterbury DHB that meet the staffing requirements outlined in the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) minimum standards for Level I, II, III and Paediatric ICUs? See: https://www.cicm.org.au/CICM_Media/CICMSite/Files/Professional/IC-1-Minimum-Standards-for-Intensive-Care-Units.pdf
  2. What is the DHB’s current Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria (CPAC) threshold for each speciality?
  3. What were the CPAC thresholds over the previous 5 years and how many patients were declined treatment (FSA or surgery) due to capacity of the service to deliver?

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (1MB)

ICU occupancy, ventilators and ability to scale up

The latest information in regards to ICU beds, occupancy rates, and the ability to scale up

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (36MB)

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing training

A breakdown by DHB showing how many nurses had completed the online ICU training module for nurses by August 17, and also now (most up to date figures available).

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capacity from March 2020 to September 2021

  1. ICU / Intensive Care Unit / Capacity 1. Since March 2020 and by each month thereafter, the number of fully staffed/operational ICU beds available, ICU capacity, a breakdown of all ICU staff (such as numbers of ICU nurses) and any vacancies, and how many surgeries were rescheduled or postponed/cancelled.
  2. Since March 2020, copies of any reports, documents or briefings that include information about ICU capacity, including (but not limited to) in relation to Covid-19, such as contingency plans to scale up capacity.
  3. Since March 2020, copies of all correspondence with the Ministry of Health regarding critical care and ICU, in relation to Covid-19, such as confirmation of current capacity and plans to scale up capacity.

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (1MB)

Cost of ineligible patients use of intensive care services

A summary of the costs of hospital intensive care services provided to those not entitled to NZ free health care (ineligible patients). The cost summary should include reference to the number of days or hours in intensive care. Information to cover the last three years.

Tags

More informationDownload pdf (200KB)

Showing 1-10 of 10 results, page 1 of 1.

Page last updated: 23 May 2022

Is this page useful?