All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023


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.

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


3 documents.

Gender reassignment hormone therapy

  • How many people were referred to the DHB for gender reassignment hormone therapy in each calendar year since 2006 until the present time?
  • What was the breakdown of ages in each of those years (youngest/oldest/median age)?
  • How many were transitioning male to female and how many female to male in each of those years?
  • How many children were referred for puberty blocking drugs in each calendar year since 2006?
  • How many people had psychological treatment for gender dysphoria in each calendar year since 2006?
  • How many people had double mastectomies (top surgery) as treatment for gender dysphoria in each calendar year since 2006?
  • What was the breakdown of ages in each of those years?


More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

Transmasculine surgery

All information and documentation regarding the decision to select patients for transmasculine chest reconstruction surgery from the GP referral pool via a number randomisation technique.



More informationDownload pdf (400KB)

Transmasculine surgery

Transmasculine chest surgery - follow up to response to CDHB 10555.

  • For transmasculine chest surgery (mastectomy) it was decided in 2019 to provide surgery for five transgender cases per annum.
  • What was the previous number?
  • Why are only five surgeries performed per annum?
  • Are there any plans/policies in place to increase this number to meet the growing demand for gender affirming surgeries?


More informationDownload pdf (300KB)

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