Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but do need to scan in, and wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at RED according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
23 January 2022

The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  1. All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  2. If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  3. All visitors must wear a surgical/medical mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable
  4. All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  5. Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  6. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information:

Ashburton and rural health services

Ashburton and rural health services covers a wide range of services provided in rural areas including rural hospital specialist medicine and community services. Ashburton Hospital provides secondary level hospital care, led by a specialist rural medical workforce, working closely with Christchurch tertiary services. There are also a number of smaller rural hospitals in Akaroa, Darfield, Oxford, Ellesmere, Kaikoura and Waikari, all of which work closely with local primary care services.

Health services provided include: general medicine, day procedures, palliative care, maternity services, specialist outpatient services, and assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services, and long-term care for the elderly, including dementia care, diagnostic services, and meals on wheels.

Also offered in Ashburton are rural community services: day care, district nursing, home support and clinical nurse specialist outreach services, including respiratory, cardiac, diabetes, wound care, urology, continence and stoma therapy.

The division also operates Tuarangi Home, which provides hospital-level care for the elderly in Ashburton and in 2011 introduced rest home dementia care for the elderly.

Page last updated: 25 March 2019

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