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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

Vaccination

30 documents.

Staff who are working and knowingly have Covid-19

The number of front line medical staff including nurses, doctors and all hospital staff that the Ministry has in circulation who are currently working and knowingly have Covid-19 by the Ministry.
I would like this data for the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, May 2022.

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Unvaccinated staff

Staff currently employed by Canterbury DHB who are unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order.

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Acute myocarditis, pericarditis and tachicardia admissions

  • All acute Myocarditis, pericarditis and tachicardia admissions post covid diagnosis.
  • The number of walk in admissions to ED where a Dr has written anxiety on the discharge notes and the comparative figures for the last five years.

 

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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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Winter illness preparedness

Winter illness preparedness reports, briefing documents or modelling for influenza, RSV, measles or whooping cough illness in relation to the upcoming 2022 winter season.

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Mental health staff and COVID-19 vaccination mandates

  • How many roles / staff have been terminated / fired / released from contracts by way of refusing mandates for covid-19 vaccinations in the Christchurch Mental Health Sector?
  • Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible, including any mental health roles in prisons?
  • How many staff are performing double shifts on a weekly basis? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How much time do the patients in the mental health sector receive, on average, quality one-on-one care /support / help? (Please break down the numbers by worksite / medical establishments where possible)
  • How many staff were specialist mental health services short by in November 2021, and how many in December 2021?
  • How many staff had left these roles wholly or partly to do with the covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • What were the reasons given for the 13 departures?
  • How many were due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?
  • How many more staff have left the facility since July until date of your answer given to this OIA request?
  • How many of these have been partly or wholly due to covid-19 vaccine mandates?

 

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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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Pfizer vaccine and blood clots

Use of D-dimer tests by DHB to identify blood clots following COVID vaccination.

 

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Information about Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccinations

Any information you have regards number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 as the primary illness, that later had a diagnosis of Myocarditis, caused by the virus.

 

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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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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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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and rheumatoid arthritis

Pfizer vaccine - for persons with an autoimmune or inflammatory disorder such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

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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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Information about Myocarditis Pericarditis and Vaccinations

Myocarditis and pericarditis information. Myocarditis cases overall, and month by month. Pericarditis cases overall and month by month. (Broken down by age and gender). Vaccine doses month by month Feb-Nov 2021. broken down by 1st dose, 2nd dose, age and gender.

 

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COVID-19 vaccine error in Wigram

In relation to a vaccine error incident that occurred in Wigram on 14 July 2021.

  • All communications between you or your staff and the Ministry of Health regarding the incident. I would expect this to include all reports, briefings or aide memoire as well as emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages etc.
  • All communications between you or your staff and any Minister and or their offices regarding the incident. This should include the Prime Minister and her office.
  • A copy of all communications between you or your staff and any member of the media regarding the incident up to and including today’s date (25 August 2021). I am particularly interested in any information which discusses alerting those people vaccinated that there has been a vaccine error and steps taken to identify those affected (should individuals have been affected). I do not wish to receive any information which identifies any individual recipient of the vaccine.

 

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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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ED admissions subsequent to COVID vaccinations

A&E presentations: 30/7/2021 - 3/8/2021. Please could I have a sex and age break down of causes for all admissions, and numbers thereof, under diagnostic headings, e.g.:

1) blood clots 2) heart issues 3) breathing difficulties, 4) RSV 5) anaphylactic shock 6) Accidents ... etc?

Please can the breakdown include numbers of people whose admissions were subsequent to vaccination and the time frames: a) In the prior 2 weeks, b) the prior week, c) the prior 48 hours, d) The prior 24 hours?

 

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COVID-19 vaccinations for people in group 3

RE Covid vaccinations Group 3: I would like statistics on whether Group 3 has been effectively prioritised in Christchurch, and specifically East Christchurch. I would also like statistics on those whose bookings were cancelled because of lockdown last week

 

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COVID-19 vaccination rollout targets

  1. Can you provide all correspondence with and reporting to the Ministry of Health in relation to the determination of targets for the vaccination roll-out.

 

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Schools participating in the HPV immunisation programme

Re the HPV vaccine in schools:

  • How many schools are part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ
  • How many schools are not part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ?
  • Which ones?

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HPV vaccine in schools

HPV Gardasil Vaccine: Number of schools refusing school based immunisation programme for this vaccine.

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COVID-19 vaccine surplus doses

All correspondence by any CDHB staff member about the surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses on the weekend of April 9-11 involved in managing and distributing the vaccine doses during that period including but not limited to:

  • when it was discovered,
  • how the over-supply happened,
  • all discussion about responses to distribute (and not waste) the extra doses.
  • AND all and any correspondence to and from Ralph La Salle, Hannah Gordon and Kim Sinclair-Morris about the surplus supply and its distribution from Friday April 9 to April 18.

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Measles popup clinics

Information regarding Measles pop up clinics held since outbreak began.

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The immunisation status of DHB staff

The immunisation status of medical/DHB staff mentioned as having contracted measles. How many of these and wider cases of DHB staff were vaccinated? How many shots did they receive? How close after the vaccines did they contract the measles?

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Staff and patients with vaccine preventable diseases

How many DHB health workers have contracted vaccine preventable illnesses such as measles, whooping cough or flue while employed by DHB in last decade? Had these workers been vaccinated? How many patients, if any, have contracted vaccine preventable illnesse3s from Health workers or other patients while in hospital in past decade?

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Vaccination rates among health workers

Any information the DHB holds about vaccination / immunisation rates for its health workers.

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Denotified measles

Re 13 cases of denotified measles. What was the time interval between vaccination and specimen connection/collection? Number of other such cases in last five years?

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HPV

Number of schools offering the HPV vaccine over the past ten years? Number received in and out of schools?

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