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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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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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Child heart surgery and subsequent pregnancy/births

How many individuals in New Zealand had full open-heart surgery as a child (<16) and subsequently went on to become pregnant and give birth.  

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PET-CT referral suppliers

PET CT referral suppliers:

  1. Which PET CT suppliers do you use for your PET CT referrals?
  2. How are the tenders for these referrals accessed and when are they put out to tender?
  3. Are any of your PET CT referrals currently under contract with your suppliers and if so when are the contracts up for renewal?
  4. Are there any extra costs to the DHB for providing PET CT scans to patients, e.g. travel costs, accommodation?

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Intensive Care Unit

  1. How many intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available at Canterbury DHB that meet the staffing requirements outlined in the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) minimum standards for Level I, II, III and Paediatric ICUs? See: https://www.cicm.org.au/CICM_Media/CICMSite/Files/Professional/IC-1-Minimum-Standards-for-Intensive-Care-Units.pdf
  2. What is the DHB’s current Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria (CPAC) threshold for each speciality?
  3. What were the CPAC thresholds over the previous 5 years and how many patients were declined treatment (FSA or surgery) due to capacity of the service to deliver?

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Male and Female Genitalia Anomalies

Hypospadias / urethral fistula, anomalies of male genitalia, reducing or adjusting clitoral size or appearance, Vaginal construction or reconstruction procedures, gonadectomies, protocols re gonadectomies, support and information for young people and families.

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Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) Newsletter Public Health Nursing Service Spring/Summer 2021-22

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COVID lockdowns effect on health services

Elective procedures, imaging (MRI, CT scans) and mental health appointments delayed under lockdown levels 3 and 4.

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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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ICU occupancy, ventilators and ability to scale up

The latest information in regards to ICU beds, occupancy rates, and the ability to scale up

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing training

A breakdown by DHB showing how many nurses had completed the online ICU training module for nurses by August 17, and also now (most up to date figures available).

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Medication management

RE performance ratings in your 2020 annual report: In the section of 'Pharmacy and Referred Services'. "People on multiple medications receiving medication management support".

My enquiry is how the stats are calculated and if you could provide further information regarding medication management support.

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Air ambulance

Registered flight nurses, inter-hospital transfers by air, cost of inter-hospital transfers by air, number of flights etc, cost sharing for inter-hospital transfers by air. 

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Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capacity from March 2020 to September 2021

  1. ICU / Intensive Care Unit / Capacity 1. Since March 2020 and by each month thereafter, the number of fully staffed/operational ICU beds available, ICU capacity, a breakdown of all ICU staff (such as numbers of ICU nurses) and any vacancies, and how many surgeries were rescheduled or postponed/cancelled.
  2. Since March 2020, copies of any reports, documents or briefings that include information about ICU capacity, including (but not limited to) in relation to Covid-19, such as contingency plans to scale up capacity.
  3. Since March 2020, copies of all correspondence with the Ministry of Health regarding critical care and ICU, in relation to Covid-19, such as confirmation of current capacity and plans to scale up capacity.

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