VISITING HOSPITAL

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.

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 must wear a medical mask.

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.

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

More COVID-19 information

MIQs

10 documents.

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) spending May 2020 to May 2021

Re CDHB 10636:

  • How much has CDHB spent on healthcare matters in MIQ facilities. $15,809,936 for year May 2020 to May 2021.
  • Can you provide me with a breakdown of these costs?
  • What was this money spent on? i.e. outside health professionals contracted in etc.

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People with COVID-19 in MIQ

  • How many Covid-19 infected persons in MIQ were admitted to Hospital?
  • How many were put on a respirator.
  • How many died in MIQ?

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Covid-19 treatment provided in managed quarantine

I request the following information relating to Managed Quarantine:

  • What treatment, if any, was given to these 'positive cases'?

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MIQ and healthcare workers employment terminated

How many MIQ workers and frontline healthcare workers have had their employment terminated because they have not received the Covid vaccination?

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MIQ facility staff earning the living wage

The number of workers, not employed by hotels, but working in MIQFs who are currently earning below the Living Wage.

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Supporting the wellbeing of MIQ facility workers in Canterbury: Survey Summary

  • Date: 10 May 2021
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Background

The Information Team at Community and Public Health (the public health division of the Canterbury District Health Board), was approached by the Canterbury Regional Isolation and Quarantine (C-RIQ) leadership who were concerned by incidents of stigma and discrimination being reported to them by staff working within the Canterbury Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities (MIQF). In order to inform next steps by the C-RIQ leadership in supporting their workforce, a rapid literature review and a survey of Canterbury MIQF staff was undertaken in late 2020.

You can also read the full MIQ facility workers survey and literature review

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Supporting the wellbeing of MIQ facility workers in Canterbury: Survey report and rapid literature review

Background

The Information Team at Community and Public Health (the public health division of the Canterbury District Health Board), was approached by the Canterbury Regional Isolation and Quarantine (C-RIQ) leadership who were concerned by incidents of stigma and discrimination being reported to them by staff working within the Canterbury Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities (MIQF). In order to inform next steps by the C-RIQ leadership in supporting their workforce, a rapid literature review and a survey of Canterbury MIQF staff was undertaken in late 2020.

Literature Review

To date, little or no research has been applied to understanding any work-related wellbeing impacts for individual MIQF workers, their whānau, and their communities, as well as any implications for life outside-of-work. The most closely related literature is focused on healthcare and other front-line workers’ experiences within in-patient contexts, for other viral diseases such as HIV, EBOLA, MERS, SARS (although the COVID-19 literature is emerging).

In a high-stress situation, such as a pandemic response, distorted disease perception, misinformation, and fear can trigger reactions from individuals and groups that can disproportionately affect front-line workers (and their significant others) and lead to negative psychosocial outcomes. Stigma and discrimination directed towards front-line healthcare workers have been well documented across several previous viral epidemics including HIV, EBOLA, MERS, SARS, and currently COVID-19, where they have been shown to be strongly associated with low staff motivation, poor staff retention, low morale, reduced psychological wellbeing, and in some cases anxiety and depression.

The applicability of the literature review findings to COVID-19 MIQ facilities in New Zealand needs to be considered in light of the differences in illness severity and the nature of the settings studied in the literature. Despite these differences, previous epidemics and settings share many common elements, and many of the studies propose strategies that might be applied in the context of New Zealand’s MIQ facilities.

You can also read the MIQ facility workers survey summary

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Surveys of quarantine facilities

Copies of all surveys held by the Ministry done by facilities and DHBs of people who have stayed at managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

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Quarantine of Russian Fishermen

All correspondence in 2020 with officials from Managed Isolation and Quarantine; the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; The Ministry of Health, or any other Government ministry regarding the planning and coordination for the stay of 235 foreign fishermen who were granted a border exemption and arrived at the Sudima Hotel MIQ facility on October 16, 2020. My request also covers any correspondence the CDHB had with Sealord, Independent Fisheries and Maruha Nichiro on the the planning and coordination for the MIQ stay of 235 foreign fishermen.

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Misconduct of staff at MIQs

  •  The number of staff at managed isolation or quarantine facilities (MIQs) investigated for alleged misconduct, broken down by date, managed isolation facility, the nature of misconduct, whether the misconduct was upheld, any disciplinary action taken, and the nature of the staff member (e.g. NZDF staff member, private security guard etc).
  • An overview of instances where staff at MIQs were investigated for alleged personal impropriety with guests (returnees), broken down by date, managed isolation facility, the nature of misconduct, whether the misconduct was upheld, any disciplinary action taken.

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