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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.

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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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Emergency Department COVID-19 vaccinations

  • A list of all district health board emergency departments that have a policy to provide COVID -19 vaccinations to unvaccinated people (COVID-19 ) who attend the emergency department
  • A list of all district health board emergency departments, paediatric debarments or wards that have a policy to provide childhood immunisations to all unvaccinated children who attend the department or ward.
  • What plan each district health board has to connect people or children not currently enrolled in primary care who attend the emergency department or other departments - in primary care ( registered with a PHO) - currently only 84% of Māori are enrolled in primary care (PHO).

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Emergency Department presentations 2020-21

Please provide a breakdown of all emergency admission (presentations) numbers in 2020 and 2021, broken down by month. Please include a categorisation of the types of admission (presentation) also.

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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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COVID-19 hospitalisations

  • Covid hospitalisation directly related to covid and covid only.
  • Covid hospitalisation where patient was admitted for another reason and covid was detected after arriving at the hospital.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for covid only infections.
  • ICU and HDU beds used for non-covid conditions where a covid test after arriving at the hospital showed infection.

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COVID-19 related hospital admissions

Please indicate what is your exact procedure for determining that hospital admissions in this current time are in fact directly due to Covid-19.

i.e. are you testing people who are admitting themselves for something non respiratory related and if they test positive after admission for sars cov 2 are you listing it as a covid admission regardless ?

i.e. people who are admitted for something respiratory related that is later diagnosed as not sars cov 2, are you indicating them as covid hospitalisations if they return a positive test during admission.

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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests

Brand of Rapid Antigen Tests distributed to the public for home testing at Whanau Ora COVID testing centre Pages Road.

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COVID-19 tests and identifying measles

Regarding COVID vaccinations: How do testing protocols uniquely and individually identify the subject as having one or more of the following if they test positive? 

  • Measles virus

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Treatment protocols

Treatment protocols: Post-Operative Urinary retention, persistent postsurgical pain, treatment of patients after a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation and constipation

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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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Measles

  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of MOH statement section 3.1.4 that GEN-A strain of measles is not transmissible.
  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of 2019 measles epidemic that lab confirmed GEN-A was not transferred from another vaccine recipient partially or fully vaccinated.
  • Provide all documentation and evidence in support of B3 or D8 strains not resulting from transmission by GEN-A strain. Provide all documents and evidence in support that B3 and D8 strains are not endemic in New Zealand.
  • Provide all documents and evidence for identification of multiple strains B3 D8 GEN-A (any combination) that were laboratory confirmed in individuals.
  • Provide all documents and evidence that lab confirmed GEN-A strains were in vaccinated individuals only.
  • Provide all documents and evidence of unvaccinated individuals identified with GEN-A strain.

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COVID-19 information and communications

Information and communications about the design of COVID-19 related visual material.

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Sabin oral polio vaccine

Given that it may be stored for two years was the Sabin oral polio vaccine used in Christchurch in 1964 sourced from Europe through USA, direct from USA or direct from Europe?

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Cost of COVID-19 hospital checkpoints

COVID-19 - The total cost of every set-up including contractors, security, workforce, hireage, purchases, administration, equipment, computer connections, stationery and any other expense associated with these checkpoints at all hospitals and any other facilities.

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COVID-19 vaccinations for Māori

Covid-19 vaccination programmes and planning for Māori:

  • Copies of any plans formulated to vaccinate Māori in the region against Covid-19.
  • Details of measures the DHB has taken to provide vaccinations to Māori in the region, including staffing and resourcing.
  • Reports, briefings, memos, or other updates provided to the DHB's senior leadership on the progress of Covid-19 vaccine rollout to Māori.
  • Details of any data the DHB is collecting to monitor the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19. correspondence between senior leadership and the Ministry of Health relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.
  • Correspondence between senior leadership and other DHBs relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.
  • Correspondence between senior leadership and Māori health providers, experts and/or iwi relating to the vaccination of Māori against Covid-19.

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Emergency Department presentations

ED / Emergency Department admissions 2020 and 2021 broken down by month and types of admissions.

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COVID-19 information updates

Who is given information on the daily COVID cases in each DHB region in advance of any Ministry of Health or government statement, or briefing? Which stakeholders and/or partner organisations are given information? The nature of the information; what information about the COVID cases are people given?

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Emergency Department presentations 2020/2021

  • How many people admitted to emergency department since 1st March until now.
  • As well compared from 1st March 2020 until 31st December 2020.
  • Also breakdown information on reasons for admitting to emergency department.

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Community-based isolation quarantine plan

Copy of the community-based isolation and quarantine plan to respond to potential outbreaks of Covid-19

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

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Covid-19 hospital triage protocols

  • The Triaged Protocol used for Covid-19 cases in Hospitals under your district used for assessing patient case severity.
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  • What Antivirals, Immune-Modulators, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-coagulant, and Convalescent plasma's are used along with there Indications.

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Mask mandates for employees

Policies on Mask Mandates for Employees and contractors.

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Stroke information

  • Stroke information / thrombolysis treatment / Referrals to Stroke Foundation, Stroke Central?
  • How many received rehabilitation?
  • Number of secondary strokes?

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Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) spending May 2020 to May 2021

Re CDHB 10636:

  • How much has CDHB spent on healthcare matters in MIQ facilities. $15,809,936 for year May 2020 to May 2021.
  • Can you provide me with a breakdown of these costs?
  • What was this money spent on? i.e. outside health professionals contracted in etc.

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Immunisations for Maori and Pacific children, information about vaccine hesitancy

Immunisations for Maori and Pacific children / vaccine hesitancy including in relation to the Covid vaccine.

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PPE COVID preparedness

Personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and disposal

How much PPE CDHB hospitals received and disposed of during the pandemic.

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MIQ Mental Health prescriptions cost

  • How many people staying in MIQ facilities have sought assistance from Ministry of Health mental health teams that operate on-site during the same period (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021)?
  • How many prescriptions/doses of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) have been distributed to patients in MIQ units? (16/03/2020 - 16/04/2021).
  • How much has the Ministry of Health spent on medications and non-Covid related health.

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People with COVID-19 in MIQ

  • How many Covid-19 infected persons in MIQ were admitted to Hospital?
  • How many were put on a respirator.
  • How many died in MIQ?

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Covid Vaccination staff job description and details

  1. The Job Description of the person in charge (or employed within the Canterbury District Health Board) of the current and local (Canterbury region) Covid 19 Vaccination process.
  2. The Salary (also expenses) of the person in charge (or employed within the Canterbury District Health Board) of the current and local (Canterbury region) Covid 19 vaccination process

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Covid-19 treatment provided in managed quarantine

I request the following information relating to Managed Quarantine:

  • What treatment, if any, was given to these 'positive cases'?

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People going from MIQ to be detained in mental health facilities

Partial transfer from MBIE: Questions 2,3 and 4: RE People re-entering NZ and going into quarantine. From quarantine, some will be labelled 'psychiatrically disturbed' and they will go from quarantine in mental health facilities.

  • How many went into Mental Health facility and been involuntarily detained?
  • How many are still retained in government institutions?

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Yaldhurst Quarry

Yaldhurst quarries -follow up to request 10602: I would appreciate any report created by Dr. Pink at the time being provided, and fully understand and appreciate current circumstances make this most certainly a low priority.  If there is no report from him, and the only report in existence as a review / analysis of the monitoring being that by Mr. Fowles if I could be advised that is the case.

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MIQ and healthcare workers employment terminated

How many MIQ workers and frontline healthcare workers have had their employment terminated because they have not received the Covid vaccination?

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