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

Health Services

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Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) Newsletter Public Health Nursing Service Spring/Summer 2022

Public health nurses are Registered Nurses who work with children/tamariki (and their families/whanau) around identified health concerns. Public health nurses have access to health resources, information and provide a free, mobile and confidential service.

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Transmasculine surgery

  • What is the current wait list across Health NZ for trans men waiting for top surgery?
  • In what situations is a patient prioritised for top surgery?

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Terminations since 2010 displayed by year

Since 2010, how many pregnancies in the district have been terminated after a scan for fetal anomalies/birth defects? Displayed by year.

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Essure devices

  • Since 2010, to July 1, 2022, how many Essure devices have been removed by the DHB.
  • Since 2010, to July 1, 2022, how many Essure devices have been removed as a result of adverse reactions and/or side effects.
  • Please include a breakdown for the reason for removal if recorded / known.

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Planned surgeries 2019 – 2022: Wait times / deferred surgeries

  • How many planned surgeries took place each month by surgical type, July 2019 – June 2020, July 2020 - June 2021 and July 2021- June 2022?
  • How many people are waiting for a planned surgery (any type)?
  • How many are waiting longer than 120 days?
  • How does this compare to the same time last year?
  • Can you also let me know for the past month, broken down by week: - how many non-urgent surgeries were supposed to be scheduled but weren't scheduled?
  • Why were they not scheduled?
  • How many non-urgent scheduled surgeries were deferred?
  • Why were they deferred?

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Radiology equipment

  • Radiology equipment MRI / CTs: Number of MRI machines within your DHB (split by number per hospital, if relevant)
  • Number of CT scanners within your DHB (split by number per hospital, if relevant)
  • The year in which each of your MRI machines was purchased (in order to calculate age of machine)
  • The year in which each of your CT scanners was purchased (in order to calculate age of machine)
  • If calculation of each machine's age (MRI & CT) is not easily done then an average age of machines, by MRI & CT, is an acceptable alternative.

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Obstetrics / Gynaecology / wait times

  • How many FTEs in total are there in your obstetrics and gynaecology department, and how many roles are vacant?
  • Please state this by speciality (gynaecologist, nurse, etc)
  • How many women/people are currently waiting for a gynaecology appointment?
  • Please state how many have been waiting more than four months, and how many have been waiting for more than a year. How many have seen a specialist, and how many have not been seen at all?
  • If your hospital prioritises these cases (urgent, semi-urgent, routine etc) please state these categories, and how many women are waiting in each. Please also give an example/list of how each category is defined (not for every patient, just the types of health issues that would fall into those in general)
  • What is the average wait time, and what is the shortest? Please state the longest five wait times and what they are waiting for (symptoms or issue, eg. bleeding or cancer surgery)
  • Please outline what your DHB is doing to care for these women or speed up their treatment, including providing copies of any action plans developed.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Number of assessments, diagnoses, waitlist

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Precocious puberty

  • How many children were referred for precocious puberty since 2006?
  • How many treated since 2006?

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Costs paid for translation services

Breakdown of costs paid for translation services for written documents such as board reports, etc which are translated into languages other than English. I would like to see this for the last three years.

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Effects of industrial actions May 2022

  1. How many appointments and surgeries were deferred as a result of the 24-hour strike on Monday May16?
  2. How many appointments and procedures were deferred or cancelled as a result of the 'work to rule' action on May 9-20?
  3. Of the affected procedures/surgeries - what kinds of surgeries - and did this include any cancer surgeries? If so, how many?

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Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) Newsletter Public Health Nursing Service Autumn/Winter 2022

Public health nurses are Registered Nurses who work with children/tamariki (and their families/whanau) around identified health concerns. Public health nurses have access to health resources, information and provide a free, mobile and confidential service.

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TOP surgery

TOP surgery: Waiting time from referral by GP to be accepted for TOP surgery.

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Operating theatre revenue and capacity

The impact on revenue for a hospital/DHB that is caused by an operating theatre being closed for a period of time. Can you please provide the average revenue that an operating theatre brings in per year? If that is too difficult, can you please provide the total operating theatre revenue for CDHB and the total amount of operating rooms?

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Remdesivir and ventilators

Has Remdesivir and ventilators been or are being used as a treatment for COVID patients in hospital?”

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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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Stuttering

Do DHBs provide services for people who stutter?

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Healthcare Waste

Healthcare Waste / Volumes of hazardous and controlled waste and number of surgeries completed broken down by site (ChCh Hosp and Burwood) for last ten years.

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Hospitals at Code Red and Code Black during 2021

Number of days hospitals spent in 'Code Red' and 'Code Black' 2021 calendar year (Jan-Dec).

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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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Disposal of waste from operating theatres

  • Cost to dispose waste generated within operating theatres for past five years.
  • Also how the waste has been disposed of.
  • Volumes of waste.
  • Number of surgeries completed for past ten years broken down by type.

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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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Urgent x-ray procedures and ED procedures

  1. What are the official Guidelines/procedures for urgent X-rays (24 hour)?
  2. What are the Guidelines/procedures for patients repeatedly admitted to Emergency Department with severe epigastric pain/ and upper right and left quadrant pain?
  3. Guidelines/procedure for investigating possible Colonic Motility Dysfunction/Defecatory Disorders/Anorectal Dysfunction?

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Use of Language interpreters to access healthcare

  • Any information on the numbers of people in New Zealand who need an interpreter in order to access effective health care.

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NZ Sign Language interpreters

  • Number of times NZ Sign Language interpreters were booked in each DHB Feb 21 - Feb 22.

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Feeding tubes

  • How many people under the CDHB have a feeding tube? Would appreciate this by age bracket please, eg 5 year brackets.
  • Does the CCDHB provide, free of charge, the Nutricia Flocare Infinity Go Frame for those feeding tube patients requiring one and if so, what is the GST excl unit price that the CCDHB purchase them for from Nutricia? https://nutricia.co.nz/adult/product/flocare-infinity-go-frame/

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Current number and practices of abortion services

  1. The number of abortions that were performed pre 20 weeks and post 20 weeks at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the Gynaecological Procedure Unit in 2021.
  2. The number of medical and surgical abortions that were performed at the above facilities in 2021. 
  3. The gestational age of the oldest unborn child aborted in your facilities in 2021.

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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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Current practices of abortion services

  • In your opening sentence you refer to abortions and terminations. As all abortions have the objective of terminating the life of an unborn child, how do you differentiate between an abortion and a termination? 
  • You advise that an unborn baby’s life was terminated at 29 weeks gestation due to fetal abnormality incompatible with life; what does this mean in practice and does it include Trisomy 21 and other conditions that are serious but not life threatening?
  • Am I correct in assuming that telehealth medical abortions for women who reside in the CDHB area are still not included in your abortion statistics, nor are medical abortions facilitated by local Registered Medical Practitioners, midwives and practice nurses? 

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ICU capacity

What investment in the increased number of ICU beds by region and hospital, have been delivered, from 01 October 2019 to the date of your issuing the data.

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Surgeries / procedures / assessments cancellations

Partial transfer from MoH:

  1. How many surgeries /procedures/assessments have been cancelled in the past year?
  2. Is it possible to break that number down by month?
  3. How many surgeries/procedures/assessments were cancelled in 2019 and in 2017?

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Declined gastro-intestinal department referrals

The percentage of patients that have been declined referrals from multiple internal and external requests for gastro-intestinal department (Multiple being more than 3 separate GP/Doctor referrals) 3/12/2021 time frame 1/1/2010-1/11/2021.

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Orthopaedic surgery and related questions

17 questions: Orthopaedic surgery wait list, pain management, number of surgeons, support services for patients with spinal injury, prescription drug addiction, pain clinic. Suicides while waiting for surgery.

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Trans vaginal ultrasounds

How referrals for trans vaginal ultrasound scans are treated.

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