ORANGE

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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Cancer

20 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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Cancer misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis

  • How many people had a cancer misdiagnosis in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?
  • How many people had a delayed diagnosis of cancer in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?

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Skin cancer referrals waiting list

The current size of the waiting list for all skin cancer referrals to your DHB as follows:

  • Initial consultation appointment for suspected or confirmed BCC, SCC and melanoma.
  • Surgical appointment for melanoma excision.
  • Surgical appointment for BCC or SCC excision I would also like to know to what extent, if any, your DHB funds GPs or private providers to carry out any SCC, BCC or melanoma excisions on an annual basis (e.g. for 2021).

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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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Ovarian cancer 2018-2021

The total number of CA-125 tests performed in your DHB in the 12 month period of 2018, 2019, 2021 (we previously requested 2020). Additionally, if this information is easily available, it would be helpful to understand, the total number of patients receiving the test in each period also.

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Ovarian cancer

Total requests during the 12 months of 2020 were for CA-125 blood tests in your DHB region?  Can you also please specify the total estimated population your DHB serves.

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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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CanRisk Questionnaire

CanRisk questionnaire written by the Canterbury Initiative and adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers.

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Prostate PSMA Funding

  • Can you advise whether PSMA (Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen) PET-CT is funded by the DHB, or only available privately?
  • If publicly funded, please can you advise whether there are criteria that must be met. For example: For staging of high risk and unfavourable intermediate risk prostate cancer before definitive local therapy. For restaging of PSA recurrence (≥0.2ng/ml).

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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Canterbury DHB's Readiness report / assessment for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

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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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Cancer survey oral health

Survey - how a person with cancer has their oral health needs assessed and addressed at each stage of their cancer journey in NZ.

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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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Avastin

Is the drug Avastin used to treat cancers, administered to any patients in the DHB's public Hospitals? If so what is the drug used to treat and how many patients are treated with it?

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Skin cancer

Skin cancer prevention funding and expenditure in the last 10 years.

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Dialysis and chemotherapy patients

Over latest 12 month period. Number of patients treated for dialysis? Number treated with chemotherapy. How many patients have required stays longer than two days in hospital? Broken down by hospital if possible.

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Priority spending and cancer treatment

Priority Spending and cancer treatment. What is the DHB's top ten priorities for spending in the 2019/2020 financial year, and in the past five financial years? Proportion of patients accepted for urgent diagnostic colonoscopy who received the procedure with 14 days. Proportion of patients who received their first treatment within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within 2 weeks for each of the last five years.

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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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Schedule H budget spent on pharmaceuticals

Please provide information on Schedule H budget spent on pharmaceuticals 2015/16 and 2017/18

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Chemotherapy entitlement

How many rounds of chemotherapy is a patient entitled to under the DHB?

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