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Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
20 July 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 Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, 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 where trusted whānau members provide 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 – again, 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 named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s 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 under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

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.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

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

More COVID-19 information

Eligibility

12 documents.

Gallbladder treatment wait times

After referral from a GP and acceptance for an appointment, what is the current wait time for a first specialist appointment for patients with gallbladder issues? After the first specialist appointment is completed and surgery approved for gallbladder removal, what is the current wait time for the surgery to be completed? What steps is the CDHB undertaking to ensure that patients are seen (first specialist appointment) within four months of referral?

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis / Back pain / Orthopaedic wait times

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Cardiac hospital admissions 2015 to 2021

This is a request for cardiac ward admission numbers to Canterbury hospitals for research purposes.

  • Could you please provide numbers of patients admitted to all cardiac wards under your jurisdiction, by month and hospital, from September 2015 to September 2021?

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Orthopaedics CPAC scoring system

Please provide the full breakdown of the CPAC scoring system (100 points) for orthopaedics.

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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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Cardiac procedures and wait times

For each cardiac procedure (stent, ECG, Echo, open heart surgery etc), for the years 2018 and 2019 by year, the following information:

  1. Number of procedures done and average wait time for the procedure PERFORMED during the year (not escalated)
  2. Number and average wait time for the procedure PERFORMED during the year (that was escalated)
  3. Number of people that died waiting for a procedure scheduled to be performed during the year (escalated and not escalated separately)
  4. Number of people that required emergency (ED) treatment while waiting for a procedure scheduled to be performed during the year (escalated and not escalated separately)

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Breast reduction surgery

For each of the last four years:

  • How many applications have been made to the CDHB for breast reduction surgery?
  • Of those, how many applications are accepted for first-round referrals?
  • How many surgeries have been undertaken in each of those years?
  • The average wait time for each patient between first application for breast reduction surgery and completion of surgery?
  • The average number of applications a patient is required to undertake before their case progresses past first round referrals?
  • How many patients are currently waitlisted for breast reduction surgery?
  • The average cost to the CDHB for a typical double breast reduction surgery?

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TAVI surgery criteria

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedure, surgery criteria, surgery availability.

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Surgery thresholds

Surgery threshold for: Endometriosis laparoscopic surgery, Knee replacement, hip replacement and whether any surgery thresholds have changed in the last five years at your DHB?

Can this include what the threshold change was and for what surgery.

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Waiting list for surgeries

CDHB - Waiting list GP referrals and waiting list for surgery for the following:

  • Knee Replacement
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hysterectomy
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction

Could you please provide the length of time for patients on the waiting list who was referred in the Canterbury region for the following:

  • CT/MRI/PET Scans
  • Colonoscopy

Could you please provide the average wait time for patients being treated with the following cancers:

  • Lung
  • Bowel
  • Prostate
  • Breast
  • Cervical
  • Skin 

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The Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria threshold level for the following elective procedures

The Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria threshold level for the following elective procedures: Cardiothoracic, Ear, Nose and throat, General surgery, gynaecology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatric surgical, plastic and burns, urology and vascular surgery

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Children’s Dental Service

The number of children eligible for the free dental service in CDHB's coverage area for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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