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Last updated:
13 March 2023

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.

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 to 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


9 documents.

Radiology equipment

  • Radiology equipment MRI / CTs: Number of MRI machines within your DHB (split by number per hospital, if relevant)
  • Number of CT scanners within your DHB (split by number per hospital, if relevant)
  • The year in which each of your MRI machines was purchased (in order to calculate age of machine)
  • The year in which each of your CT scanners was purchased (in order to calculate age of machine)
  • If calculation of each machine's age (MRI & CT) is not easily done then an average age of machines, by MRI & CT, is an acceptable alternative.


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Trans vaginal ultrasounds

How referrals for trans vaginal ultrasound scans are treated.


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PET-CT referral suppliers

PET CT referral suppliers:

  1. Which PET CT suppliers do you use for your PET CT referrals?
  2. How are the tenders for these referrals accessed and when are they put out to tender?
  3. Are any of your PET CT referrals currently under contract with your suppliers and if so when are the contracts up for renewal?
  4. Are there any extra costs to the DHB for providing PET CT scans to patients, e.g. travel costs, accommodation?


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PET CT Scans referrals for the last 3 years

  • How many PET CT scans have been referred per year the past 3 years? 
  • How many PET CT scans have been referred this year so far?
  • What percentage of the patients being referred are Maori? 
  • What is the average cost per PET CT scan referral?


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Number of MRI machines in Canterbury

Do you really have 5 MRI units that were funded and are operated by CDHB and another 5 units funded and operated by a private provider?

Ten MRI units all located in Canterbury seems like a lot. Any chance you could let me know who the private provider is?


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Diagnostic imaging services and funding

  • Diagnostic imaging modalities of Cardio Ultrasound, MRI, X-ray CT, PET and SPECT.
  • Number of units (instruments) of each modality.
  • What entity (government or private) funded each unit.
  • What entity operates each unit.
  • Number of patients processed by each unit per annum.


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MRI/CT Scans Waitlist (February 2015)

As at February 2015 could you please supply the waiting list time if someone wanted to have a MRI/CT scan. (That is, if someone was referred for a scan how long was the wait time before they were seen?)


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PET CT scanning machines and patient wait times

PET and PET-CT scanning machines, working condition, repairs, current patient wait times broken down by reason. Forecast wait times for scans over next 6 months.


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