ORANGE

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

Safety

73 documents.

Mental health assessment for community leave

How many patients from the same secure unit where the man accused of murder on Saturday are/have been granted community leave, and what assessment is done before this kind of leave is granted?

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Assaults on staff, details about units where staff were assaulted 2020-22

Follow up to response 10895 - re assaults by patients on staff.

  • Can you please provide the actual numbers for each unit?
  • Can you provide the same data for the previous year?

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RE Sockburn murder and Hillmorton Hospital

RE the stabbing/murder in Sockburn on 25/06/2022 - request any and all advice, briefings, reports, aides memoire, memos and emails sent/received by CDHB employees - leading up to, and following a police incident (stabbing/murder) in Sockburn on Saturday 25th June.

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RE: Murder accused and the incident on 25 June 2022

Information about the murder incident on 25/06/2022.

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Assaults on staff 2021 to 2022

Staff physically assaulted by patients in past year. Of those how many were off work for more than 20 days? How many resulted in an ACC claim.

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Staff investigations of assaults on patients

Staff investigations of assaults on patients i.e. staff fired, investigated and resigning before being fired / criminal charges being laid / withdrawn by victim? Time frame "All DHB records".

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Assaults on staff 2018 to 2022

The number of assaults on staff for years 2018,2019,2020,2021,2022 (to current date)

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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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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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Mental health staffing

  • Out of the total 627 budgeted nursing roles in Canterbury DHB's specialist mental services, how many staff members short of this total was the DHB in:
    • November 2021,
    • December 2021,
    • January 2022,
    • February 2022,
  • In Christchurch's forensic mental health unit, how many of the unit's total staff members have left the unit in the twelve months to January 2022?
  • In the 12 months to January 2022, how many staff members were physically assaulted by patients in the forensics unit?
  • Of these assaults, how many days did each staff member have to take off work?
  • How many of these assaults resulted in an ACC claim?
  • What is the total number of staff in Christchurch's crisis resolution team?
  • How many staff members in the crisis resolution team have left each year in the five years to 2021 (2016 - 2021)?

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Radiation treatment wait times

As of Feb 14 2022 how many people have been waiting longer than clinically recommended for radiation treatment?

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Violence against healthcare staff

  • Rise in aggression and violence against nurses (AVAN).
  • The number of incidents related to nurses, midwives and health care assistants being abused, harassed or physically assaulted/ attacked at their workplace since 1 Jan 2017 to date, broken down by location and calendar year.
  • Brief description of the incidents and what the incidents related to e.g. verbal abuse, physical assault, sexual assault, physical threat or otherwise
  • How many ‘code orange’* events that occurred? Brief description of the events
  • Where did the incidents happen? e.g. the emergency department, mental health/addictions, obstetrics?
  • How many incidents were notified to WorkSafe?
  • How many incidents required police interventions e.g. Police report, statements from DHB employees?
  • How many incidents required an ACC claim?
  • How many incidents resulted in working days lost? And if so, how many?

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Assaults on staff in 2021

  • How many recorded assaults on health staff have there been in 2021?
  • How many recorded incidents of verbal abuse or threats have there been on health staff in 2021?
  • How many days have been lost due to staff taking time off after being assaulted in the same time frame?

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Electrical switch rooms fire suppression

  • Please advise how many of your electrical switch rooms have fire suppression systems?
  • If there is a fire suppression system what type of system, e.g. water sprinklers, gas flood, or other system ?
  • If nothing, then NIL.

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Mask mandates for employees

Policies on Mask Mandates for Employees and contractors.

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Incidents of equipment not being properly sterilised

  • A detailed breakdown of any and all incidents relating to equipment not being properly sterilised by Canterbury District Health Board and West Coast District Health Board from March 2020.
  • Please clarify if the lack of sterilisation was picked up before or after patient exposure.

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Incidents involving staff members 2017- 2020

Date/numbers/figures of all incidents involving any DHB staff member (including contractors or causal workers) being harassed or, physically or verbally assaulted by a patient from any ward/area under the DHB’s jurisdiction in the last three years to date (07/12/2017 – 07/12/2020).

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Canterbury DHB Serious Adverse Events Report 2019/20

A serious adverse event (SAE) is one which has resulted in significant additional treatment, major loss of function, is life threatening or has led to an unexpected death.

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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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Fit Testing

Fit Testing Problems: What was the % of workers across the whole of the DHB who had received fit testing in the previous 12 months? What are the actual numbers for each DHB? (are some DHBs performing better than others?

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Resignation of Sue Nightingale, CMO

Correspondence regarding the resignation of Sue Nightingale.

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Reports and correspondence about Rosewood Rest Home

Copies of any reports, documents, briefings or correspondence that include or summarise feedback from DHB staff sent to work at Rosewood rest home.

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Assaults on staff in the last three years

Assaults last 3 years: Mental Health workers, ED workers, Maternity workers, Health workers.

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Policies regarding preventing access to private health information

Policies in regards to reporting unsafe, harmful, criminal behaviour, including the re-routing and interception of private communications, and policies on how they document such incidents and how they are to safeguard against such incidents

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Impersonation of doctors and unauthorised access to health facilities

  • Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a member of the public had impersonated a physician 1/5/2019 - 31/8/2019.
  • Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a member of the public had gained unauthorised access to a surgical theatre or pathology lab 1/5/2019 - 13/8/2019.
  • Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a DHB employee had engaged in the interception of private email communications between a patient and a DHB employee between 1/1/2019 and 29/5/2020.

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Correspondence about Rosewood rest home, 3 April to 10 April 2020

All correspondence received and sent by Dan Coward and received and sent by Sue Nightingale about Rosewood rest home, between April 3 and April 10, inclusive.

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Sterilisation of equipment

A detailed breakdown of any and all incidents relating to equipment not being properly sterilised by the District Health Board from March 2019.
Please clarify if the lack of sterilisation was picked up before or after patient exposure.

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Information about Rosewood rest home regarding the situation when staff and patients contracted Covid-19

Copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, or correspondence regarding the number of issues regarding safe practice at Rosewood Rest home and that took place after staff and patients contracted Covid-19.

Copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, or correspondence regarding the decision to appoint an acting manager to Rosewood Rest home.

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Sexual harassment complaints

Information regarding sexual harassment complaints, internal and external investigations.

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Incidences of bullying and harassment shared with NZNO in 2018/19

Reports, meetings, agendas and letters shared between the DHB and NZNO on bullying and harassment in the 2018 / 2019 financial year.

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Bullying, harassment and complaints laid by staff over the past five years

Bullying, harassment or other complaints laid by staff over the past five years.

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Number of assaults recorded in the past five years

The total number of assaults recorded by the CDHB over the past five years.

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Canterbury DHB Serious Adverse Events Report 2018/19

A serious adverse event (SAE) is one which has resulted in significant additional treatment, major loss of function, is life threatening or has led to an unexpected death.

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Hillmorton Hospital staff on ACC following assaults

Since January 2015 how many staff from Hillmorton Hospital have taken leave on ACC as a result of assaults by patients?

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Serious assaults on security guards

All information held by DHB which pertains to serious assaults on security guards in the last twelve months.

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CDHB Risk Register

A copy of the current risk register for each DHB, and copies of any summary briefings, memos or correspondence related to the current risk register items.

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Mobility parking at Christchurch Hospital

How many vehicles have been towed from this area by the Canterbury DHB over the last five years?

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HSNO s95A permits

A copy of each annual audit of compliance and enforcement of HSNO s95A permits issued since delegation was given to the Ministry of Health by the EPA.

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Staff bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour

Total number of complaints relating to alleged staff bullying harassment or inappropriate behaviour for the last five years.

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