COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information about changes at Canterbury DHB hospitals and health centres can be found at www.cdhb.health.nz/covid19

VISITORS TO HOSPITAL

No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Accessibility

What is an accessible website?

An accessible website is one that accommodates a full range of people, removing any barriers so that a website can be used by anyone, regardless of disability.

Canterbury DHB aims to achieve and maintain very good website accessibility, delivering as many WAI Level AA and AAA guidelines as achievable.

In February 2019 this website passed a WCAG 2 AA and WCAG 2 AAA check using the website accessibility testing tool www.achecker.ca. Although compliance with WCAG guidelines is not the only indicator of website accessibility, it does confirm that this website has a good basic level of accessibility and has been built in a professional and considerate way.

WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)  WCAG 2.0 (Level AAA)

Due to the complexity and ever-changing nature of accessibility compliance, it is necessary to note that it is very hard for a large website such as www.cdhb.health.nz to consistently maintain 100% compliance with all recognised accessibility best practices. However, as part of our commitment to meet the objectives of the Canterbury DHB Disability Action Plan we plan to continuously improve the accessibility of our website content and features so that Canterbury health services information is accessible for all people.

Changing text size 

You can use your browser settings to change the text size for all the websites that you visit, something you may want to do if you find the text too small to read. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use. For advice on how to make those changes in the browser you're using, we recommend visiting the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's page on this topic.

Page last updated: 6 January 2020

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