Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.
Last updated: 16 September 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 Friday 16 September 2022
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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 are able to 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, WhatApp etc where visits aren’t possible.
Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver 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.
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.