COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information about changes at hospitals and health centres can be found at


Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Laboratory and hospital support services

Laboratory and hospital support services cover the provision of diagnostic services through Canterbury Health Laboratory and hospital support services such as: medical illustrations, specialist equipment maintenance, sterile supply, patient and staff food services, cleaning services and travel, transport, parking and waste contracts.

These services are largely provided for patients under the care of the Canterbury DHB however Canterbury Health Laboratory (CHL) also offer a testing service for GPs and private specialists and all public and private laboratories throughout NZ refer samples to CHL for more specialised testing. CHL is recognised as an international referral centre.

Page last updated: 12 February 2019

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