All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023

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 we recommend all people 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 are recommended 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 face 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 face 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 are recommended to wear a medical face 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

Leave a gift in your will

Maia Health FoundationThinking about leaving a gift in your will?

Māia Health Foundation is the official charity of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury and is a registered charity. Māia was established to provide a pathway for charitable giving to help support our health system in Waitaha Canterbury. You can make a difference for our community, our children, and our children’s children by leaving a gift in your will to Māia.

Your special gift really will improve lives, providing the best in health services for your community into the future.

What is a bequest?

A bequest, a legacy or gift in your will is a promise you make to give money to an individual, charity or organisation after your death.

You decide on what is included in your will. It is possible to look after loved ones and support causes or charities that are important to you, so that your legacy or vision lives on.

By making a bequest, you take control of the legacy you leave. It is one of the most powerful gifts you can give.

Why make a bequest?

Many people find peace and security in the knowledge that beyond their own lives, their legacy will live on and they will continue to make a difference.

Most people find the process empowering – it gives them the chance to make a long-term impact on the future and to realise their future vision.

Making a bequest is simple. It doesn't impact on your daily life and provides security that your generous spirit and vision will live on.

Why make a bequest to Māia?

Māia Health Foundation is a trusted and respected organisation; one with a strong history of success. We don't just support one hospital or a single service – we support the entire health system in Canterbury and the wider South Island.

To date we have raised more than $10 million dollars and invested that money directly back into our health system.

When you make a bequest to Māia, you are leaving a legacy directly to enhance the health of your community and for future generations. We are simply here to bring your wishes to life. Māia is a strong, respectable organisation. You can have confidence that 100% of the gift you entrust to us will go toward your vision for our future.

What is the process for making a bequest?

Think about the difference you want to make. Is there a specific service or need you'd like to assist with? We do recommend you speak with your immediate family about your intention to leave a gift in your will. It will help them understand why this is important to you, so that they can help us realise your vision.

You can choose whether you want your bequest recognised. You may be happy for your legacy to be celebrated and shared, or wish your gift to remain private – we will work with you to respect your every wish.

If you do let us know that you are considering leaving a gift to Māia in your will, this will allow us to acknowledge your wishes, provide you with information, and most importantly – to thank you.

We hope it will be many years before your gift is realised, and it may be that during that time the needs of our health system will change. So, we encourage you not to be too specific with your gift. You can trust us to ensure that your gift will go towards what is critically needed at the time, so that it makes the greatest difference.

If you would like to talk about including a gift in your will to Māia Health Foundation, please contact Michael Flatman on 021 421 531.


Page last updated: 12 September 2023

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