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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.

Meals purchased by RMOs

  • Number of hot meals purchased by RMOs. Cost of production of 'hot meals'.


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Removal of goods containing sugar from Hospitals

Follow up to response to CDHB 10640 - removal of goods being sold in CDHB Hospitals which contain sugar.


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Patients admitted to hospital with malnutrition

 The number of children and adults admitted to hospital with malnutrition, broken down by age, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020.


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Staff meal entitlements and costs

  • Which staff get meal entitlements?
  • How many staff does this include?
  • What meal entitlements do they get?
  • Are there limits or rules regarding these entitlements. If so, what are they?
  • Could I please have the total amount spent on meal entitlements for staff every year for the last five years?
  • Every year for the last five years could I have how many meal entitlement transactions were made?
  • Of those five transactions, what was purchased in each one?
  • What are the five most popular items that have been ordered in the last year and how many times have they been ordered each?


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Funding for catering services vs youth sexual health services

Annual spend on lunches provided for multi disciplinary team lunchtime meetings for medical and other staff. How much DHB spends over whole organisation? Was cutting that budget considered before cutting the funding for youth sexual health consultations in primary care, in order to cut costs at the DHB?


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Hospital patient meals

Information about the cost and types of food provided by Canterbury DHB.


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Cost of patients hospital meals

Cost for each DHB to feed each standard patient per day, Includes menus and average number of daily meals produced each day.


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Food, nutrition, menus for hospital inpatients

All food and nutrition standards, policies and guidelines related to food served to inpatients.


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Canterbury DHB Healthy Food and Drink Policy

  • Date: 1 Sep 2016
  • Document Type:
  • ID: HP 6456

Healthy Food and Drink Policy , adopted by Canterbury DHB in September 2016


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