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Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info about vaccinations.

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

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, 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 (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides 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 – 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 support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens 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 children are allowed to visit.
  • 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, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • 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.

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.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

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

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Mental Health

101 documents.

Suicide and self harm assessment tools

Information on how the DHB undertakes suicide risk assessment to inform decisions on access to services (which may also be known as the "triage process". )

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Mental Health policies and procedures

Policy, procedures, standards, statements and information on the diagnosis, treatment and provision of social supports for numerous mental disorders.

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Mental Health Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 1992

Mental Health Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act 1992.

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Information regarding mental health assessments

Policies, guidelines and ethics re Mental Health assessments and treatment under the Mental Health Act.

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Alcohol related harm

Maternal Mental Health

Number of women referred to Maternal Mental Health in 2021 and number accepted. Current wait times for maternal mental health.

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Mental health services procedural information

  • Copies of all forms relating to the induction of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.
  • Copies of all forms relating to a discharge/transfer of a client, compulsory or voluntary or moving between status.

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Mental health staff and COVID-19 vaccination mandates

  • How many roles / staff have been terminated / fired / released from contracts by way of refusing mandates for covid-19 vaccinations in the Christchurch Mental Health Sector?
  • Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible, including any mental health roles in prisons?
  • How many staff are performing double shifts on a weekly basis? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How much time do the patients in the mental health sector receive, on average, quality one-on-one care /support / help? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How many staff were specialist mental health services short by in November 2021, and how many in December 2021?
  • How many staff had left these roles wholly or partly to do with the covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • What were the reasons given for the 13 departures?
  • How many were due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • How many more staff have left the facility since July until date of your answer given to this OIA request?
  • How many of these have been partly or wholly due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?

 

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Mental health staffing

  • Out of the total 627 budgeted nursing roles in Canterbury DHB's specialist mental services, how many staff members short of this total was the DHB in:
    • November 2021,
    • December 2021,
    • January 2022,
    • February 2022,
  • In Christchurch's forensic mental health unit, how many of the unit's total staff members have left the unit in the twelve months to January 2022?
  • In the 12 months to January 2022, how many staff members were physically assaulted by patients in the forensics unit?
  • Of these assaults, how many days did each staff member have to take off work?
  • How many of these assaults resulted in an ACC claim?
  • What is the total number of staff in Christchurch's crisis resolution team?
  • How many staff members in the crisis resolution team have left each year in the five years to 2021 (2016 - 2021)?

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) waitlist

ADHD - Assessments, diagnosed, average wait time, number on waitlist, % on waitlist for youth mental health with suspected ADHD.

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Treatment protocols

Treatment protocols: Post-Operative Urinary retention, persistent postsurgical pain, treatment of patients after a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation and constipation

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Staffing of mental health facilities

Please release correspondence with unions and staff (not individual staff, but group messages), in the 2021 calendar year, about staffing of mental health facilities.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  1. Do you diagnose ADHD for those under the age of 18, and for those over 18?
  2. If so, what is the process to getting a diagnosis, and who does the diagnosis? If not, please explain why not.
  3. What is the waiting list/average time frame to be diagnosed over the last 12 months? (for under and over 18)
  4. What support do you provide once they are diagnosed?
  5. Do you have the ability to cope with an ADHD person in crisis?
  6. What care is provided?

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Drug and Alcohol Residential Services

RE Alcohol and Drug residential services: Live in treatment services: number, name, location, number closed between 2015 and 2021. Wait list for these facilities, average wait time, Alcohol and detox beds - located and how many? Average wait time for drug and alcohol detox bed. Average number of people on wait list for drug and alcohol detox bed between 2015 and 2021.

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Mental Health services post discharge

Mental Health:

  • Q10, How long does a vulnerable person remain in the system post discharge so they can access support quickly.
  • Q19, What risk/benefit model is

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Information about psychologists employed by Canterbury DHB

Psychologists: FTE/Headcount / Pay scales 1-9 / Pay scale 10 and above / Number of applications for merit progression and how many successful. 1/12/2019 - 30/6/2021

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Hoarding

Hoarding - stats on cases dealt with, services provided/funded offered to help people with hoarding?

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Mental Health Staffing

  • What are the facilities hosting mental health ED like and are there any plans to improve them?
  • What is the total number of staff working in the mental health crisis team when it is fully resourced.
  • The number of staff working in the team currently?
  • How many people left the mental health crisis team this year? And over the last six years broken down by year?
  • How many staff from the mental health crisis team were assaulted this year, how many resulted in an ACC claim, and how long was each incident off work as a result? Same info for last year and year before if possible too.
  • What is the role of police in assisting the crisis mental health team if they are unable to manage a patient?

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Male Prisoners admitted to Hillmorton Hospital in 2016 and 2017

The number of patients from Christchurch Men’s’ Prison who were admitted to Hillmorton Hospital and discharged in 2016 and 2017?

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MIQ Mental Health prescriptions cost

  • How many people staying in MIQ facilities have sought assistance from Ministry of Health mental health teams that operate on-site during the same period (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021)?
  • How many prescriptions/doses of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) have been distributed to patients in MIQ units? (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021).
  • How much has the Ministry of Health spent on medications and non-Covid related health.

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Te Tumu Waiora Information Emergency Department Mental Health

Mental Health: Te Tumu Waiora info / BIC / ED mental health presentations and admissions.

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People going from MIQ to be detained in mental health facilities

Partial transfer from MBIE: Questions 2,3 and 4: RE People re-entering NZ and going into quarantine. From quarantine, some will be labelled 'psychiatrically disturbed' and they will go from quarantine in mental health facilities.

  • How many went into Mental Health facility and been involuntarily detained?
  • How many are still retained in government institutions?

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Waiting list for psychiatric services (March 2021)

Can you please provide the number of people on the waiting list for psychiatric services, including eating disorder services, by DHB, as at 20 March 2021?

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Psychiatrists ethnicity

Re Mental Health Act 1992:

  • What is the ethnicity of psychiatrists currently working in DHB psychiatric inpatient units and what is the ethnicity of allied clinical staff working in DHB psychiatric units?
  • What DHB protocols are there for ensuring Maori Clinical staff care for Maori Tangata Whaiora?

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Hillmorton Specialist Mental Health Service Business Cases

Copies of documents created since the start of 2019 that relate to the condition, performance and adequacy of specialist mental health facilities managed by the DHB: Copies of business cases for repairs or upgrades of existing SMHS facilities / building of new facilities. Bed occupancy rates, bed numbers, unplanned readmission rates, funding for SMHS addiction facilities etc.

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Community Mental Health Services

  • Community Mental Health Services - Child and adolescent metal health; and (Te Haika) Mental Health Crisis response.
  • DHB Mental Health Services Admissions, waitlists, number of psychologists employed by the DHB.

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Self harm incidents

  • Mental Health incidents broken down by fatal and non fatal Canterbury DHB area between 1/1/2000 to 31/12/2020. 'Incidents' - Self harm incidents both fatal and non fatal.
  • Does not include events where other people were hurt by another person as a result of mental health.

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Crisis Resolution Services in Canterbury

  • How many people are seen by Crisis Resolution Services each year in Canterbury?
  • Approximately how many calls does Crisis Resolution receive per year?
  • Approx. increases since 2018?

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Maori mental health Marae access

  • Please confirm how many of the DHBs have a marae accessible to Maori inpatients in DHB psychiatric units.
  • Please advise in exact terms the measures each DHB uses to ensure the Tino Rangitiratanga of Maori Inpatients in Psychiatric Inpatient Units? Clarified as: "only relates to Maori subject to the Mental Health Act 1992".

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Vulnerable Persons Register

Vulnerable Persons Register - CASA states that certain managers of each DHB hold the list as well as themselves, and the relevant services have access to this database.

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Mental Health inpatients: prescribed anti-depressants, admissions, funding and complaints

Re Mental Health Prescriptions:

  • The number of antidepressant prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of people prescribed anti-depressants under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of antipsychotic prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of people prescribed antipsychotic prescriptions under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of admissions to the adult mental health inpatient unit each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The total amount of DHB funds allocated to the adult mental health inpatient each year for the last five years (January - December 2016 to January 2020 - YTD), with brief detail of what the money was being spent on each year.
  • The number of complaints relating to mental health care each year for the last five years (January - December 2016 to January 2020 - YTD), with a brief description of each complaint.
  • Also, a breakdown of the number of these complaints that were investigated.

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Mental health incidents in quarantine facilities

Incident reports of mental health incidents in MIQ facilities, advice to ministers on mental health in MIQ and learnings from mental health incidents in MIQ.

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Cost of inpatient forensic ward

What is the total cost for the Inpatient Residential care and treatment provided for patient detained indefinitely, being found 'Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity'.

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Information about Eating Disorder Services

  • The pathway to access specialised eating disorder care within the DHB.
  • Broken down by age and sex, the current number of people awaiting treatment for eating disorders via that pathway - i.e. through the DHB mental health team, or specialist treatment facility.
  • The number of people admitted to hospital with an eating disorder or a suspected eating disorder, broken down by name of facility, age and sex, between January 1, 2010 and December 31 2020.
  • The number of people who have accessed specialised eating disorder services between January 1 2020 and December 31 2020, by inpatient or outpatient status, sex and age.
  • If not available within the DHB catchment area, where can patients access publicly funded, specialised eating disorder care?
  • If eating disorder treatment services are contracted out and / or delivered by primary health care providers, please provide the name of the organisation delivering the service.

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Mental Health Services

For the last six years:

  • What mental health services does your DHB provide?
    • Please provide details of inpatient facilities and number of beds per facility, and whether facilities are currently used at capacity.
    • Please provide details of outpatient services and services contracted to community providers.
  • What addiction services does your DHB provide?
    • Please provide details of inpatient facilities and number of beds per facility and whether facilities are currently used at capacity.
    • Please provide details of outpatient services and services contracted to community providers.
  • How many people do you treat on average every year in your mental health services?
    • Please provide a breakdown by inpatient and outpatient services.
  • How many people do you treat on average every year in your addiction services?
    • Please provide a breakdown by inpatient and outpatient services.
  • How many people are currently waiting for mental health treatment after they have been through an initial triage process?
    • What is the average wait time to access services?
    • What is the longest time someone can wait?
    • Please provide breakdown by inpatient/outpatient services.
  • How many people are currently waiting for addiction treatment after they have been through an initial triage process?
    • What is the average wait time to access services?
    • What is the longest time someone can wait?
    • Please provide breakdown by inpatient/outpatient services.
  • What is the process while patients wait to access addiction and/or mental health treatment?
  • How many patients died after they were triaged but before receiving addiction or mental health treatment in the last six years?
    • Are you able to provide the cause of death for each person who died?

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Mental Health Ombudsman Reports

  • Mental Health Unit data: name, location and number of beds for each mental health and intellectual disability unit (this includes forensic units)
  • All reports carried out by the Ombudsman in the past five years on any one of these units.
  • For each unit, please provide:
    • the occupancy data for the 12 months ending November 30
    • strategies your DHB employs to house and care for people in mental health and intellectual disability units if there are too few beds
    • most recent engineering/building report for each of your mental health and intellectual disability units again, this includes forensic units
    • self-assessment data collected by your DHB and submitted to the Ministry of Health for each of your mental health and intellectual disability units

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Number and cost of ACC claims for Specialist Mental Health Services staff

Number and cost of ACC claims for Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) staff as result of physical assault, and staff leave taken.

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Māori and Non-Māori Mental Health Services

For Māori and non-Māori referred to MH Services: referral numbers for each service, psychiatric diagnoses / how many engaged with a psychologist / number prescribed medication.

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