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

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.

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

Staff vaccinations

5 documents.

Staff who are working and knowingly have Covid-19

The number of front line medical staff including nurses, doctors and all hospital staff that the Ministry has in circulation who are currently working and knowingly have Covid-19 by the Ministry.
I would like this data for the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, May 2022.


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Unvaccinated staff

Staff currently employed by Canterbury DHB who are unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order.


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Unvaccinated staff

RE unvaccinated employees who were mandated out of job. Staff on special leave, non paid leave and remain in employment but not working. Policy that on termination a nurse would lose nursing registration. That while stood down a nurse must not attend place of work. Number of nurses hired to replace nurses who had their employment terminated.



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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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COVID-19 staff vaccinations

A detailed breakdown of CDHB employees and contractors that have NOT received the mandated two doses of a Covid vaccine and have Not been stood down i.e. Unvaccinated and still employed. I would like this data broken down by role, and for clinical staff, further broken down by specialization, along with the reason or rationale for each exemption from the mandate.



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