VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 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 Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 are able to 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, WhatApp 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 must wear a medical mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver 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

Funding

133 documents.

Cost of items given to public to encourage Covid vaccination

Cost of items given to public to encourage Covid vaccination since pandemic began March 2020.

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Meals purchased by RMOs

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

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Ashburton Hospital / Trusts / bequests

Use of Trust / donated funds held in respect of the Ashburton Hospital and Tuarangi Home both of which are in Ashburton.

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Communications and Public Relations Staff

For each financial year: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and for the partial year of 2022 to date:

  • Number of FTE communications /media staff employed in each year (this includes all internal and external communications staff /content producers and social media staff).
  • The salary range paid to communications staff in each year.
  • Number of communications/media contractors used in each year.
  • Total sum paid to communications contractors in each year.
  • A breakdown of positions and numbers employed in each role (i.e. how many media advisors, senior media advisors, internal communications, managers, social media producers/managers).
  • How many media queries received in each year.
  • How many interview requests received in each year.
  • How many media interviews given,  and to which media organisations and when.
  • Total salary costs for communications staff each year.
  • In each year, how many communications staff paid a salary more than $100,000 per annum and $200,000 per annum.

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Number of Community-based attachments (CBAs)

  • The total number of Community-based attachments (CBAs) currently accredited at your DHB
  • A breakdown of the types of CBA these are (e.g. Urban GP, rural GP, sexual health clinic, public medicine, urgent care, etc.)

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Integrated Pharmacy Services Agreement

Policies and documents relating to the Integrated Pharmacy Services Agreement.

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PGY1 House Officers

1. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled by the ACE matching system for each year between 2014 and 2022, and a breakdown of these by country of training of the candidate (e.g. New Zealand, Australia).

2. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled in by NZREX graduates for each year between 2014 and 2022.

3. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions filled in by candidates from a Comparable Health System (e.g. U.K., Ireland, U.S.A., Canada etc.) for each year between 2014 and 2022.

4. The total number of PGY1 House Officer positions that were available and advertised outside of the ACE matching system for each year between 2014 and 2022.

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COVID costs

  • The full costs of all testing centres for COVID-19, including the road cone staff and the site payments etc.
  • The full costs health workers solely working with COVID, in labs or wards or anywhere else.

 

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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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Board members

Names, tenure details of elected and appointed board members.

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Commissioned research

Details related to the expenditure of commissioned research the Canterbury DHB has awarded to external organisations over the last three years.

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Donations and bequests

Donations and bequests to DHB past five years.

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Senior Medical Officer Gastroenterologists appointed during 2020-2021

SMO Gastroenterologist appointments 1/4/2020 - 1/4/2022

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Maternal Mental Health

Number of women referred to Maternal Mental Health in 2021 and number accepted. Current wait times for maternal mental health.

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Stuttering

Do DHBs provide services for people who stutter?

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St George’s Hospital maternity services

Correspondence re St George's maternity / birthing / post-natal services August 2021 to 29/03/2022 and a copy of the contract.

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PGY1 job positions

  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled through ACE matching process from 2014-2020? Could you please provide me those numbers broken down by year.
  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled by NZREX doctors from 2014-2020? Numbers broken down by year?
  • Total number of PGY1 positions filled by IMGs from Comparable Health countries from 2014-2020?
  • Do you have any preference criteria for PGY1 job hiring candidates?
  • How does the DHB priorities NZREX candidates?
  • Is there any support program available for NZREX doctors to get the PGY1 jobs?

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Transporting specimens

Official guidance documents we use in New Zealand to cover the handling and transportation of microbiology samples from provincial hospitals to centralized testing laboratories.

I expect that official guidance would cover aspects such as reported by Miller et al. [1] including transport media, temperature and time from specimen extraction from patient until the analysis is completed at the centralized laboratory. [1] Miller et al., A guide to utilization of the microbiology laboratory for diagnosis of infectious diseases 2018: Updated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Microbiology. Current Infectious Diseases 2018, 67(6), e1-e94. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy381.

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Palliative care

Palliative care services provided by DHB / Costs / staffing.

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Bone density (DEXA) scans

Are publicly funded bone density (DEXA) scans available for (1) all relevant Endocrinology patients (2) any patient seen in a relevant subspecialty (yes/no adequate detail for both questions). The scan could be provided in private but the question is about who pays - the DHB or the patient. If some patients would be funded (e.g. community service card holders) please provide this information.

 

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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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Rural hospital closures

Transcript of all Canterbury DHB Board meetings with regards to the closure of rural hospitals in the Canterbury District.

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Pfizer vaccine and blood clots

Use of D-dimer tests by DHB to identify blood clots following COVID vaccination.

 

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COVID-19 vaccinations at Health Wigram

Health Wigram no longer offers Covid-19 vaccinations or tests (excluding paid fit to fly / travel tests). Was this decision made or suggested by CDHB? Further, why has the total number of GPs offering these services reduced dramatically over the past few months in the CDHB area?

Please also provide the contents of any investigation report, or similar related documents, held by CDHB relating to Health Wigram Covid-19 vaccine administration or Covid-19 testing errors, including but not limited to the instance where they administered saline instead of a Covid-19 vaccination dose.

 

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COVID treatment related costs and vaccination related incentives

  • Costs to the DHBs for health care provided to the COVID-positive patients, including HDU and ICU,
  • Costs of the incentives / bribes, music, food, and other draw-cards at testing and vaccination centres implemented to entice people to get tested and vaccinated, (Costs that commenced 17/08/2021)

 

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Number of pharmacy staff (November 2021)

Pharmacists: headcount/FTE, Pharmacy Technicians headcount/FTE, Pharmacy Assistants headcount/FTE, resignations and pending resignations since 4/11/2020 broken down into pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants.

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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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Population based funding 2019-2020

The Canterbury DHB Annual Report 2019/2020, at page 48, disclosed Ministry of Health population-based funding for the year ended 30 June 2020 of $1,565,331,000 (2019: $1,463,233,000).

    1. With respect to the 2020 funding, which I presume is paid in advance to the CDHB, with accounting adjustments to match the revenue to the financial year, can you please advise the amounts received and when they were received in relation to the FY2020 year, and the accounting adjustments which resulted in the reported figure of $1,565,331,000.
    2. In relation to the FY2020 funding, and each tranche which I presume is paid on a regular basis to the CDHB, what information does the MOH provide to the CDHB regarding how those funds were calculated in accordance with the population-based funding formula?
    3. Alternatively, it may be the CDHB does not receive any advice about the PBFF at all and instead just receives tranches of funds as the year progresses. Am I right in that assumption?
    4. May I also ask if you have been advised of any reviews of the PBFF subsequent to the 2015 Technical Report?

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Radiation therapists

Radiation therapists FTE and Headcount / vacancies, sick leave, oncology FSA as at 1/7/2021 / Wait list between FSA and first radiotherapy treatment. Numbers of hypofractionated treatments, normal and stereotactic treatments completed each month 20/21.

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Information about psychologists employed by Canterbury DHB

Psychologists: FTE/Headcount / Pay scales 1-9 / Pay scale 10 and above / Number of applications for merit progression and how many successful. 1/12/2019 - 30/6/2021

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Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) availability, after-hours call hours

Provide the following information identified by Department/Specialty and by Hospital – that is, Christchurch, Hillmorton, Burwood, Princess Margaret, Ashburton Hospitals.

  • Availability Allowance.
  • Average after-hours call hours.
  • Call ratio.
  • Shift patterns (where they exist).
  • Recovery Time Agreements.
  • % of Non-Clinical time

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Te Tumu Waiora Information Emergency Department Mental Health

Mental Health: Te Tumu Waiora info / BIC / ED mental health presentations and admissions.

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Gift registers, expenses, and conflicts of interest

  • Please provide the gift registers held by the DHB about gifts/contributions/received items given to DHB employees (including medical professionals) for the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
  • Please provide records held regarding of any flights provided, paid for or subsidised by pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies to employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.
  • Please provide any information the DHB holds regarding professional affiliations, board roles or advisory positions held by employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in connection to pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies.
  • If possible, break these affiliations down by the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

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Leave taken by Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) December 2020 / January 2021

The total number of annual leave days taken by (all) Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in your employ in each of the following months for each DHB (WCDHB and CDHB) separately: December 2020 and January 2021

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Cost of ineligible patients use of intensive care services

A summary of the costs of hospital intensive care services provided to those not entitled to NZ free health care (ineligible patients). The cost summary should include reference to the number of days or hours in intensive care. Information to cover the last three years.

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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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Funding for after hours services

Do you provide financial support to Pegasus 24 Hour Surgery to reduce the cost of home visits? If so, why is a similar level of support not provided to Afterhours GP?

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Hillmorton Specialist Mental Health Service Business Cases

Copies of documents created since the start of 2019 that relate to the condition, performance and adequacy of specialist mental health facilities managed by the DHB: Copies of business cases for repairs or upgrades of existing SMHS facilities / building of new facilities. Bed occupancy rates, bed numbers, unplanned readmission rates, funding for SMHS addiction facilities etc.

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Mental Health inpatients: prescribed anti-depressants, admissions, funding and complaints

Re Mental Health Prescriptions:

  • The number of antidepressant prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of people prescribed anti-depressants under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of antipsychotic prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of people prescribed antipsychotic prescriptions under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The number of admissions to the adult mental health inpatient unit each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD).
  • The total amount of DHB funds allocated to the adult mental health inpatient each year for the last five years (January - December 2016 to January 2020 - YTD), with brief detail of what the money was being spent on each year.
  • The number of complaints relating to mental health care each year for the last five years (January - December 2016 to January 2020 - YTD), with a brief description of each complaint.
  • Also, a breakdown of the number of these complaints that were investigated.

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