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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

Maternity

47 documents.

Maternity – Time from birth to discharge

Time from birth to discharge for most recent month.

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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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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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Miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies

From each year ending: 2019/2020/2021.

  • The number of miscarriages recorded per year.
  • The number of ectopic pregnancies per year.
  • The number of molar pregnancies per year.
  • The number of live births per year.
  • Number of perinatal deaths and neonatal deaths per year.
  • Furthermore, can you please answer the following question: In relation to pharmacovigilance, is the DHB recording/reporting any data relating to outcomes following vaccination for Covid-19 in pregnancy, as part of a post marketing surveillance programme?

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St George’s Hospital maternity services

Information about the St George's Hospital maternity services contract with Canterbury DHB.

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Trans vaginal ultrasounds

How referrals for trans vaginal ultrasound scans are treated.

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Fetal Deaths and Neonatal Deaths (additional questions re vaccination status)

Follow up to CDHB 10746 Fetal deaths and neonatal deaths.

  1. Please supply the covid 19 vaccination status for every Canterbury DHB mother who has experienced a stillbirth or a neonatal death in 2021.
  2. Please provide the date of covid 19 vaccination receipt (and if it was a first or second dose) and the date of the stillbirth or neonatal death for each mother.

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Fetal Deaths and Neonatal Deaths

Medical Certificate of Causes of Fetal and Neonatal Death' forms that have been filled out, per month, since June 2020 to date in your District Health Board area. (Ministry of Health web page reference:
https://bit.ly/3mGoO1q )

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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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Maternity Quality and Safety Programme (MQSP) Annual Report 2019/20

The Maternity Quality and Safety Programme (MQSP) Annual Report is published each year and submitted to the Ministry of Health.

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Intersex babies requiring surgery 2016-2021

RE Intersex babies: How many intersex children have had genital surgery within their first year of life? (Could I have this info from 2016-2021 broken down into the number each year and the overall number for the ast five years / whether or not the surgery was medically necessary or whether it was cosmetic, the gender of the child as recorded on their birth certificate and the total cost per year of the surgeries. 2. How many referrals have been made to other DHBs for intersex babies in their first year of life for surgery, last five years, broken down into the number each year and the overall number 2016-2021

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Maternity Counselling

Funding if any provided to PIPS (Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support). Criteria for allowing members of pregnancy support groups to provide counselling or advice to DHB patients.

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Primary birthing unit and endoscopy site

Correspondence between Norma Campbell and CoM, EMT & Sir John Hansen on primary birthing unit & endoscopy site since June 2019.

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Māori & Pacific Fertility Services

How many Māori and Pacific Island women (both as a figure and a percentage) received publicly funded fertility treatment through the DHB over the past two years.

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Primary birthing units in Rolleston and central Christchurch

All and any reports and correspondence re new primary birthing unit in Rolleston and/or central Christchurch in the past three years.

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Safety and security of maternity patients

  • How many women gave birth at Christchurch Women's Hospital because there were concerns for her safety?
  • Can you provide a breakdown of those women by age and ethnicity?
  • How many women booked to give birth at Christchurch Women's Hospital were supported with a safety plan for their birth as part of the Integrated Safety Response? 
  • Can you provide a breakdown of those women by age and ethnicity?
  • How many times were security called to respond to a perceived/real threat of violence to a woman at Christchurch Women's Hospital before/during/after giving birth there?

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Postnatal care

Postnatal care:

  • Average wait time after referral to general gynaecology, urogynaecology or OASIS clinic.
  • Wait time after referral for physiotherapy related to womens postnatal health.
  • % patients referred for physiotherapy.
  • Does CDHB currently have a full staff roster of gynaecologists and physiotherapists.?

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Ages of youngest and oldest women to give birth from 2017-2020

Age of youngest and oldest woman to give birth at DHB facilities each year 2017 - 2020 YTD.

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Women booked with hospital-based midwives and LMC’s

  • By month and since November 1 2019, the number of women booked with a hospital-based midwife/service.
  • If there is a breakdown of the above figure to show how many women were so booked because they couldn’t find or book with a community midwife/Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), can this please be provided.

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Maternity cot capacity

Maternity - What are the additional costs associated with increasing cot capacity above budget? Cost of sending a woman away to give birth, including flights - over last five years. Comparing cost of sending a woman away to give birth and cost of increasing capacity, which one is cheapest?

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NICU capacity

RE capacity issues in NICU - any correspondence or reports from NICU clinical staff to the CDHB or senior management concerning capacity issues at NICU from 2020.

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Reports of concern to Oranga Tamariki

Reports of concern to Oranga Tamariki - Policies and procedures

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Babies born on May 14, 1981

Genea Oxford Fertility Ltd

Genea Oxford Fertility's concerns about the RFP process for 'Assisted Reproductive Technology Services' for South Island and decision reached by CDHB.

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Number of births during the COVID-19 lockdown

The number of births at Canterbury District Health Board facilities and home births during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown from March 25 to April 27. Can this information be broken down by location: at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch Women's Hospital, Ashburton Hospital, Darfield Hospital, Kaikōura Health, Lincoln Maternity Hospital, Rangiora Health Hub, other CDHB facilities, or a home birth, and by date and sex. Can figures also be provided for the same period in 2019.

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Maternity Quality and Safety Programme (MQSP) Annual Report 2018/19

The Maternity Quality and Safety Programme (MQSP) Annual Report is published each year and submitted to the Ministry of Health.

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Canterbury Maternity Strategy 2019

The Canterbury Maternity Strategy, also known as the Canterbury Maternity System Strategic Framework 2019-2024 puts māmā and pēpi at the centre of what we do and what we want to achieve.

The vision statement within the strategy states that Canterbury maternity services provide for the maternity needs of all māmā and whānau as and when needed during their maternity journey in order to enable the best start to life for all pēpi and the ongoing wellbeing of mothers. The strategy also contains statements about our values and provides details about the framework to be used by Canterbury maternity services.

 

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Drug use of mothers with babies

Information about drug use of mothers with babies

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Woman giving birth as a man

In the last three years how many women who have undergone gender affirmation surgery who have given birth as a man after the surgery?

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Maternity staffing issues and complaints

Information about Maternity services staffing in Canterbury.

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Mothers babies transferred outside CDHB

How often have expectant mothers and or newborn babies been transferred to DHBs outside Canterbury?

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Information about Caesarean sections

Current rates of Caesarean section in Canterbury 2018. Unplanned or emergency caesarean section 2018. Total number of registered live births in Canterbury 2018.

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Review of total birthing population against clinical indicators

Copy of review of total birthing population against clinical indicators.

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Reviews of Maternity and Neonatal Units

The most recent reviews of CDHB Maternity and NICU Units

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Women transferred to give birth

How many women have been transferred to another city to give birth in the past six months

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Hours worked by senior doctors on Hospital maternity wards

Hours worked by senior doctors and consultants on Hospital maternity wards

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Maternal Mental Health

Maternal Mental Health Care: Number of live births, funding dedicated to this, dedicated team, How many women did the service see / treat in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Publicly funded fertility treatment

information about publicly funded fertility treatment during the last ten years.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Assessment Pathway

Is your DHB able to provide an Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessment to determine if a person has this disorder?

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Length of stay in birthing and Post-natal units

Average length of stay for women and babies in birthing units and Post-natal unit since 2015.

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