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

Oncology

7 documents.

Wait times for Cancer treatment and surgery

Times patients wait to see a specialist, to have surgery or to start their cancer treatment.

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Radiation treatment wait times

As of Feb 14 2022 how many people have been waiting longer than clinically recommended for radiation treatment?

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Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology referral wait times, staffing and capacity

30/11/2021 REVISED REQUEST: MEDICAL ONCOLOGY and Radiation Oncology -  ONLY Oncology Dept:

  • How many people who have been referred for a first specialist appointment for suspected cancer are waiting over the clinically recommended time frame?
  • What is the CDHB's maximum wait time target for cancer referrals?
  • How many people with diagnosed cancer are waiting to get a specialist appointment for treatment?
  • What is the CDHB doing to address  this?
  • What requests has the CDHB received from staff in the oncology department for additional staff to be recruited?
  • How was this responded to?

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Medical Oncology staffing and leave management

Questions around Medical Oncology staffing numbers, leave taken by staff, and type of leave taken by staff.

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Medical Radiation Oncology referrals wait times

Total number of patients referred to and seen by Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology specialities within specified time.

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Outsourcing radiation oncology

Information about your DHB's outsourcing arrangement with the local private radiation oncology provider for delivery of radiation treatment to public patients. Can I please be provided with: 1. total number of treatment courses delivered by tumour type (or palliative if it was palliative intent) between 1 July 2018 and 30 May 2020 in the private provider on your behalf for public patients.

Information on the cost to the tax payer; any or all of the price paid per treatment course delivered, the price per fraction or the total dollar amount paid for all the treatment courses included in your response to the question 1. 3. the number of public patients who received their radiation oncology FSA in private provider on your behalf between 1 July 2018 and 30 May 2020.

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Harm caused by Oncology wait times

Have people been harmed as a result of oncology and or radiation wait times over past six months

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