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  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 can 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, WhatsApp 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 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

Safety

77 documents.

MoH briefings regarding SMHS Forensic Service since 19 January 2022

All briefings to the Minister of Health, and any Ministry of Health staff member about the forensic mental health service since January 19, 2022.

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SMHS Forensic Service – Community Leave

  • All correspondence, briefings and reports to and from the CDHB about the forensic mental health service at Hillmorton Hospital.
  • Can I also please have the total number of times the murder accused was allowed on grounds leave and community leave.

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Complaints of verbal sexual harassment from a patient towards another patient

  • How many complaints of verbal sexual harassment from a patient towards another patient Canterbury DHB/West Coast DHB has received in 2022, as well as the total number of complaints for this in 2021.
  • How many complaints of unwanted touch from a patient towards another patient Canterbury DHB/West Coast DHB has received in 2022, as well as the total number of complaints for this in 2021.
  • Can the number of complaints for both situations and years please be broken down by Grey Base Hospital, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch Women’s Hospital and Ashburton Hospital.

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Complaints about Burwood Hospital from January 2018 to December 2021

  • The number of complaints made annually to Te Whatu Ora Waitaha (formerly Canterbury District Health Board) about care a patient has received while being treated or seen at Burwood Hospital in the past four years (Jan 1 2018 to 31 December 2021). Please include whether complaint referred to a medical situation or general service and which area the patient was being treated in (e.g. General Medical, Orthopaedics, etc.).
  • Please state how many of the complaints each year were upheld.
  • Please state what disciplinary action or corrective measures were taken or introduced as a result of each of the upheld complaints.
  • Please state the number of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha (formerly Canterbury District Health Board) staff who received disciplinary action in the past four years (January 1 2018 to 31 December 2021) because of a complaint received about them or the care they gave to patients while working at Burwood Hospital.

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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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Canterbury DHB Quality Markers June 2020 – July 2021

Canterbury DHB Quality Markers aim to provide readers with a snapshot of how we monitor quality and safety using the Health Quality and Safety Commission Markers and Patient Experience Survey feedback. It reinforces our vision of an integrated Canterbury Health System by showcasing examples of what we are doing well and what we need to improve.

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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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