VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 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 Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 must wear a medical 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

Tupuna services to cease and sights set on new ways of working to support tāngata whaiora

To be attributed to Dr Greg Hamilton, Canterbury General Manager Specialist Mental Health Service, Te Whatu Ora.

Following an extensive consultation process where feedback was received from 47 submitters, a decision has been made to close the small Tupuna Unit on the Hillmorton Campus.

Tupuna is currently an inpatient extended care unit which provides 24-hour care and support for people with mental health issues who require longer term inpatient stays as they prepare to return to the community. 

Staff and the nine tāngata whaiora (people seeking wellness) currently receiving care and support at Tupuna have been informed of this decision. The focus is now on supporting staff to transition to new roles within the Specialist Mental Health Service and working closely with tāngata whaiora and their whānau to find alternative care and support options both in the community or in other inpatient services.

There is no fixed time-frame for tāngata whaiora to move, it will happen over coming weeks to ensure services are well matched to people’s needs.

Tupuna’s bed numbers have been reduced this year due to difficulties sustaining an appropriate staff mix in the unit.  The unit currently has 13.6 FTE and has been relying on casual staff and nurses working additional duties to staff the unit. Despite staff’s best efforts we acknowledge that we haven’t able to provide consistent staffing due to workforce challenges that are impacting all our services.

Once closed, the building where Tupuna is located will be refreshed and it’s expected to be ready to accommodate up to 16 patients by the end of August 2023 in a more contemporary environment. 

What is yet to be finalised is the new model of care for acute inpatients across the continuum of adult care – this work is underway. However it’s planned that this unit will continue to be one of three inpatient facilities on the Hillmorton Campus available for those needing adult inpatient care.

The welcome news this week confirming the funding for the new adult inpatient unit (to replace the current Te Awakura unit) means planning can start on another new facility to support contemporary care on the Hillmorton Campus.

Work on Building 12, which will house adult inpatients moving from The Princess Margaret Hospital, is progressing well and on track for completion next year.  These two buildings, along with Building 8 (currently housing Tupuna) will provide three facilities on the Hillmorton Campus for adult inpatients that will help transform and improve the experience of tangata whaiora receiving inpatient care.

In addition to modern fit for purpose inpatient beds, it is important that people are able to access intensive support in the community including inpatient alternative such as home-based treatment, community-based respite and peer-led alternatives.  There are a number of new and developing initiatives underway to improve access to mental health and wellbeing support in the community and develop this integration including the general practice-based Te Tumu Waiora (with almost 60 FTE of health improvement practitioners, health coaches and support workers).

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Background information

Plans for current inpatients

Of the nine current inpatients, four already have a staged discharge plan in place which will see them living back in the community with appropriate supports. The team will continue to work closely with consumers and their families to ensure all options and pathways are considered. There may be some who will need ongoing specialist support which may include extended care in another inpatient unit while we continue to assess their clinical need and engage with them and their whānau to work towards new homes with community providers where possible.

Hillmorton Campus Masterplan 

These projects are part of the Government’s Mental Health Infrastructure Programme and combined, the Hillmorton Campus projects have a budget of over $200 million.

Work currently underway on the Hillmorton Campus includes:

Building 14 which will house the Eating Disorders and Mothers and Babies Inpatient and Community Outpatient Services, Child Adolescent and Family Inpatient Services and Day Programme, and the Southern Health School currently based at The Princess Margaret Hospital.

Building 12 is a facility to support extended treatments and will house Adult Inpatient Services currently provided in the Seager Clinic based at TPMH

In addition, structural strengthening is underway on the former laundry building near the campus which is being repurposed into a modern, fit-for-purpose community outpatient facility for providing Child and Youth Mental Health facilities. This is being partially supported by Māia Health Foundation funds.

There will also be an Energy Centre building that will utilise ground source heat pumps (the ground source heat pumps are part of our journey towards being carbon neutral, with the support of EECA funding).

A future tranche is planned to include a new facility for forensic mental health facilities.

The Hillmorton campus is on a journey called Te Huarahi Hou. The journey will see many buildings and facilities improved, modernised and transformed as part of a masterplan to ensure it will meet the needs of our community, and support staff to deliver contemporary mental health care and support people’s treatment and recovery.

Future services will have three Hillmorton-based units to provide for the needs of people from acute to rehabilitation. The focus will be on therapy and functional enablement to provide the skills and supports for living in community. For those requiring extended care, therapeutic approaches will be provided by a more diverse workforce, including more use of allied health staff and kaiāwhina.

Feedback received

Consultation feedback included comments about tangata whaiora needs, health inequities, the impact on beds, flow and service pressures, staffing, the model of care and buildings and facilities.

Media contact:

Julia Goode, Senior Media Advisor, Kaitohutohu Whakawhiti-Kōrero Mātāmua

021 223 2141 communications@cdhb.health.nz

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Waikirikiri Selwyn River at Glentunnel - 16 November 2022

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Waikirikiri Selwyn River at Glentunnel – 16 November 2022

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has issued a health warning for Waikirikiri Selwyn River at Glentunnel.

The warning follows finding moderate to high cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the Waikirikiri Selwyn River at Glentunnel.

People should avoid the area and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted.

There are also other access points along the Waikirikiri Selwyn River at Glentunnel that may have benthic cyanobacteria present. People are advised to treat every low-flowing river cautiously, check for the presence of benthic cyanobacteria and avoid contact.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Medical Officer of Health for Te Mana Ora, National Public Health Service, says the algae look like dark brown to black mats and can produce toxins harmful to people and animals.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips.”

“If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately, also let your doctor know if you’ve had contact with dark brown/black algal mats or water in this area”, Dr Brunton says.

Pets that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately.

People and animals should remain out of the waterways until the warnings have been lifted.

Environment Canterbury is monitoring the sites and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed.
  • A low cover of the algae can occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months. Algal blooms are influenced by a combination of available nutrients in the water and sediments (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), a sustained period of low and stable flows, and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods.
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further details visit: www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Te Mana Ora on (03) 364 1777: www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai: www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

For further information, contact: communications@cdhb.health.nz

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Media contact:
Julia Goode, Senior Media Advisor, Kaitohutohu Whakawhiti-Kōrero Mātāmua
021 223 2141 communications@cdhb.health.nz

Leaky underground water pipes are being replaced this week on The Princess Margaret Hospital site in Christchurch. The work started on Tuesday 15 November and is expected to be complete by Thursday 17 November.

While this work is undertaken there is no potable (drinkable) mains water on the site so the clinical teams have worked to reduce the number of people on site, including both staff and consumers.

Te Whatu Ora Specialist Mental Health Services manager in Canterbury, Dr Greg Hamilton, offered his apologies to consumers, family-whanau and staff for the inconvenience caused while this work was being carried out.

Bottled water, portaloos, portable solar showers and sterile wipes are available for staff and patient use. Water is still available for the fire sprinklers, and water from the on-site fire hose can be used to flush indoor toilets.

“We acknowledge the disruption that this work causes and thank everyone for their patience. The leaky underground pipes have been causing issues for some time, so we will all be pleased once these repairs are complete.

“All the remaining inpatient mental health services currently on The Princess Margaret Hospital site will be moving to brand new, modern, fit for purpose facilities on the Hillmorton Campus next year, while community outpatient services for Older Person’s Health and Child Adolescent and Family will remain on the site until 2024,” Dr Hamilton said.

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Lake Pegasus

Te Mana Ora Community and Public Health, part of Te Whatu Ora National Public Health has the following public health advice in relation to smoke from the fire located near Woodend beach/Pegasus Town, which presents a moderate risk to health:

Air around this area is smoky and there is potential that people who are sensitive to smoke – such as those with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, young children and the elderly ­– may experience symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritation.

Waitaha Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says exposure to smoke can worsen pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

“People affected by the smoke should close windows and doors, stay inside if it’s safe to do so and avoid or reduce outdoor exercise.

“Anyone experiencing health issues from the Woodend fire should phone their usual general practice team in the first instance,” Dr Pink says.

“For families returning to homes or holiday accommodation after the fire, it is important to know the smell of smoke in your properties presents no serious threat to health.”

What to do when it’s smoky outside

If you see or smell smoke outside, you should stay inside if it’s safe to do so.

Remember to:

  • Keep your windows and doors shut
  • Switch your air conditioning to ‘recirculate’
  • Air out your house when the smoke clears
  • Look out for children, older people, and others at risk
  • Keep pets inside with clean water and food. Keep pets’ bedding inside if possible.

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Media statement by Hon Andrew Little and Hon Peeni Henare | Pānui pāpāho na te Honore Andrew Little me te Honore Peeni Henare

First nationwide health plan to deliver healthy futures for New Zealanders

Health Minister Andrew Little welcomes Te Pae Tata | the Interim New Zealand Health Plan jointly developed by Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority.

“We have consolidated the public health system and now we have a plan to achieve national service coverage and nationally consistent operating policies,” Health Minister Andrew Little said.

“This plan puts into action the Government’s record investment in health from Budget 2022. This Government has increased health spending by more than 40-percent, to $24-billion, since coming to office 2017.

“The plan has been put together by clinicians and health experts and sets out the range of tasks that will be taken over two years to strengthen hospitals, primary care, and tackle the longstanding challenges including workforce shortages,” Andrew Little said.

“Te Pae Tata will lay the foundation for a properly co-ordinated system to better support patients whether they are at the GP, in hospital, or in some other form of care.”

As well as prioritising workforce and workplace issues, Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora have made specific commitments to improve outcomes in:

“The plan will be financially sustainable and any efficiencies will be ploughed back into more services for patients,” Andrew Little said.

“Having a joint plan for Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora, working as equal partners, is a game changer for Māori and whānau,” Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare said.

“It will grow kaupapa Māori services and give Māori a strong voice in a new system focused on improving the disproportionate health outcomes that have long affected our whānau.

“I am proud that Māori voices and hauora expertise will be reflected at every level of our new health system, improving outcomes for Māori and non-Māori across Aotearoa.”

Te Rautaki Hauora ā-motu tuatahi hei whakaū i te ora mo te katoa o Aotearoa

E whakanui ana a Andrew Little te Minita mo ngā take Hauora i Te Pae Tata, te rautaki hauora taupua i waihanga ngātahitia e Te Whatu Ora me Te Aka Whai Ora.

“Kua whakakotahi e mātou te pūnaha hauora, ā, kua whai rautaki ano hoki mātou kia horapa whānui ki te motu ngā ratonga kia ōrite ano hoki ngā whakahaere kaupapa here”, hei tā te Minita take Hauora tā Andrew Little.

“Ko tā tēnei rautaki he whakatinana i te nui o tā te Kāwanatanga whakangao pūtea ki roto i ngā kaupapa hauora i waitohua ai i te Tāhua Pūtea 2022. Mai i te tau 2017 kua rahi kē atu te whakangao pūtea ā tēnei Kāwanatanga ki ngā kaupapa hauora, kua piki ake mā te 40-paehenti tūhene atu ki te $24-piriona.”

“Nā ngā tohunga hauora me ngā mātanga hauora tēnei rautaki i waihanga, ko tā tēnei rautaki he whakariterite i ngā mahi i roto i ngā tau e rua e tū māi nei hei whakapakari ake i ngā ratonga hohipera, ngā ratonga mātanga mē ngā raruraru kaimahi kua roa e noho nei i roto i tēnei rāngai,” hei tā Andrew Little.

“Mā Te Pae Tata e whakatakoto i te tūāpapa e tika ai te mahi tahi a te pūnaha ki te tautoko i ngā tūroro, he ahakoa rā haere ai ki te Tākuta, ki te hohipera, ki tētahi atu ratonga hauora rānei.”

Apā noa atu ki te whakaarotau i ngā raruraru kaimahi, wāhi mahi hoki, e ōati ana a Te Whatu Ora me Te Aka Whai Ora ki te hiki i te taumata o te hauora i roto i:

“Toitū nei ngā whakahaere pūtea o tēnei rautaki, āpiti atu ki tēnei, ko ngā painga katoa ka kōwhitia mai ki roto ki ngā ratonga tautoko i ngā tūroro,” hei tā Andrew Little.

Hei tā te Minita Takirua mo ngā kaupapa Hauora tā Peeni Henare “mā te whai a Te Whatu Ora mē Te Aka Whaiora i te rautaki kotahi, i runga i te mana ōrite, ka tino kitea ngā hua ka puta ki te Māori, ki ngā whanau ano hoki.

“Ka tipu ngā ratonga kaupapa Māori, ka pakari kē atu te reo a te Māori i roto i tēnei pūnaha hou, ko te aronga nui o tēnei pūnaha hou he whakatika i ngā hē o te pūnaha hauora kua roa e pēhi nei i ngā whanau.

“Ka nui taku koa, ka rāngona ngā reo a te Māori, ka kitea ano hoki ngā pukenga hauora a te Māori ki ia taumata o tā tātou pūnaha hauora hou, e hiki nei i te toi-oranga mo te katoa o Aotearoa, ahakoa Māori mai, aha ake rānei.”

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

Health Warning for Algal Bloom at Te Roto o Wairewa/ Lake Forsyth

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Te Roto o Wairewa – Lake Forsyth

People should avoid the lake and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Waitaha Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algal bloom can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

“People should avoid contact with the water until further notice.”

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please let your doctor know if you have had contact with the lake water”, Dr Brunton says.

No one should drink the water from the lake at any time. Boiling the water does not remove the toxin.

Animals that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats or scums should be taken to a vet immediately.

Fish and shellfish can concentrate toxins and their consumption should be avoided. If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water.

Further information on gathering Mahinga Kai can be obtained below.

Environment Canterbury monitors the lake weekly and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality that are of public health significance.

Facts about cyanobacteria

  • Cyanobacteria occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months.
  • Algal blooms are caused by a combination of nutrients in the water (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • If the water is cloudy, discoloured, or has small globules suspended in it, avoid all contact.
  • Not all cyanobacterial blooms are visible to the naked eye and toxins can persist after the blooms disappear.
  • Cyanobacterial concentrations can change quickly with changing environmental conditions (e.g. wind). If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.

For further details visit: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/ Or contact Te Mana Ora on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:  https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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The Emergency Department and Canterbury’s Urgent Care facilities are currently under significant pressure says Norma Campbell, System Wide Operations Centre Controller for Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury,

There were 368 presentations to ED yesterday which is exceptionally busy for midweek, and 101 people were either being treated or waiting to be seen at 4pm today.

“I need to emphasise that people who need care more urgently will be seen sooner and will get the care they need,” says Norma Campbell.

“If you don’t need emergency care, please phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 any time of the day or night and they can advise you on what to do and where to go if you do need to be seen urgently.  You can also call your usual general practice or speak to your local pharmacist for health advice.”

“There is no single condition causing the high demand, it is a range of illnesses affecting the community.

Although we are asking for your help in reducing demand, if you are really unwell we do still want to see you. I apologise to those who are having to wait and understand that this can be particularly distressing when you are unwell,” Norma Campbell says.

Due to a combination of high demand, very sick patients and a lack of staff, Moorhouse Medical and Riccarton Clinic are currently unable to see walk-in patients and are taking enrolled patients by booked appointment only for the remainder of today, Wednesday 28 September, and at Moorhouse Medical tomorrow, Thursday 29 September.

The 24 Hour Surgery is operating as normal today but is busier than usual with waits of six hours or more for patients with less urgent needs. Tomorrow and into the weekend all three urgent care facilities will be very busy and/or operating reduced services due to staffing issues.

“Our Emergency Department is also exceptionally busy and our hospital is operating over capacity.  We are taking a number of actions to free-up staff capacity, such as postponing some surgeries and rescheduling some outpatient appointments. Note, this will exclude all gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures as well as urgent cancer surgeries.

“We apologise to everyone impacted by delays in their care, but we need to take these measures to ensure we can continue to provide emergency care,” Norma Campbell says.

“People will be contacted directly if their appointment needs to be rebooked. If you haven’t heard from us, please assume that it is going ahead. If you’re not sure, please phone the number on your appointment letter.”

There are other things you can do that will take the pressure off the system – you can:

Urgent clinics, reduced hours:

Due to reduced staff capacity, Moorhouse Medical will be closed to urgent care walk-ins for the remainder of today and tomorrow, Thursday 29 Sept. GPs there will be able to see only booked patients until 6pm Monday- Friday. Moorhouse’s other services, including their fracture clinic, will be running as normal.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Moorhouse team will be able to see urgent walk-ins during the reduced hours of 8am to 2pm and on Monday until 4pm (instead of the normal 8pm).

Riccarton Clinic is seeing enrolled patients with booked appointments only today and is expected to also have reduced capacity to see urgent walk-ins tomorrow (Thursday).

The 24 Hour Surgery is operating as normal today but will have staffing issues tomorrow, 29 September.

Hours over the weekend will be updated on Friday.

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Canterbury PanuiIn this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

This week we celebrate an engagement award for our Waitaha and Te Tai o Poutini teams for playing their part in an interactive ‘Te Ao Māori’ for professionals programme, we recognise Mental Health Awareness Week and we feature a fun and fantastic initiative supporting tamariki going through radiation treatment at Christchurch Hospital.

We also bring you our Te Reo ‘lesson two’ focusing on useful greetings and there’s more of our teams pets to meet.

This week’s quiz is all about foods from around the world – make sure you’re not hungry before you start, it’s all very tempting!

We welcome your feedback on the new Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui. Please get in touch via email: communications@cdhb.health.nz

You can read the Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui in two different formats:

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TE WHATU ORA WAITAHA CANTERBURY PĀNUI 19 SEPTEMBER 2022 – 19 MAHURU 2022 In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

Following on from the success of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we introduce a new regular feature celebrating the Māori language and giving us all easy to learn Te Reo lessons. This first lesson focuses on the alphabet and pronunciation, along with tips on how to install the Māori keyboard on your computer. Ka rawe!

The celebrations continue and in this issue we also recognise more of our fantastic people in an extended ‘thank-a-thon’ feature. There were just too many great people we still had to make sure we threw a shout out to!

This week’s quiz takes us back twenty five years to 1997 – how many of us are old enough to remember the year that included a certain bespectacled wizard who was the hero of our go to book… and it was a ‘Titanic’ year at the movies?

And we’ve got another new feature in this week’s edition……we find out all about your pets and why you love them.

We welcome your feedback on the new Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui. Please get in touch via email: communications@cdhb.health.nz

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Health Warning lifted for Algal Bloom in Selwyn (Waikirikiri) River at Glentunnel - 19 July 2022

Health Warning lifted for Algal Bloom in Selwyn (Waikirikiri) River at Glentunnel – 19 July 2022

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued for the Selwyn River (Waikirikiri) at Glentunnel. This was issued on 19/11/2021.

Recent cyanobacteria surveys of the Selwyn River (Waikirikiri) have shown the cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has reduced and is now below levels of concern to public health.

Dr Ramon Pink, Medical Officer of Health of Te Whatu Ora Waitaia | Canterbury, says Environment Canterbury’s monitoring of Selwyn River (Waikirikiri) will resume next summer when there is increased likelihood of cyanobacteria growth.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed.
  • A low cover of the algae can occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months. Algal blooms are influenced by a combination of available nutrients in the water and sediments (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), a sustained period of low and stable flows, and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods.
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further details visit: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Te Mana Ora on (03) 364 1777: https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai: https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

For further information, contact: communications@cdhb.health.nz

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Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury has announced a redesign for the Healthy Lifestyles programme for our district.

The new Healthy Lifestyles|Pae Ora programme will be provided by Waitaha Primary Health, Tangata Atumotu Trust, Whānau Whanake and Purapura Whetu Trust. Healthy Lifestyles is about supporting our community to achieve improved health and wellbeing and reducing the burden of disease on those with long term health conditions.

Tracey Maisey, Executive Director Planning, Funding and Decision Support, says that changes have been made as a result of a thorough co-design process with the community, and the new services will reflect the findings of that positive engagement.

“This was, for us, a different way of commissioning providers, and one where we listened to consumers and were guided by their feedback,” says Tracey Maisey.

“With the shift to Te Whata Ora – Health New Zealand, this was, for us, an exciting opportunity to work differently with our providers, and their feedback has been instrumental in guiding our approach.

“It became clear that we needed to provide a more holistic, collaborative and culturally responsive whānau/family partnership approach, targeted at our priority populations.” 

Pae Ora ki Waitaha, a working group of the Population and Health Service Level Alliance, held extensive community consultation with our Māori, Pacific, youth, disability, rainbow, older persons and refugee communities, as well as with clinicians across the health system, to understand what was needed in an equitable health system and to determine the principles and criteria needed for the new service.

Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury then ran a Request for Proposal process and a new service model was drafted with the providers which will enhance our ability to provide culturally engaging, responsive, accessible and whānau-centred services.

Waitaha Primary Health Chief Executive Bill Eschenbach is delighted to be part of the new Healthy Lifestyles|Pae Ora Service.

“A health assistant will be assigned to a client and will work alongside them and their whānau to set their own goals which will help them to move toward their dreams and aspirations of living a healthy lifestyle.

“Our Whānau Ora approach will support our clients to remove barriers to achieving a healthy lifestyle and achieve sustainable intergenerational change.” 

Karaitiana Tickell, Kaiwhakahaere of the Purapura Whetu Trust, adds that the service aims to unleash the full potential of the whānau who access it.

“We are all excited to work together to provide the best support and encouragement we can which identifies the needs of our clients and is unique to them, as well as being culturally-informed and relevant for the life they lead.”

The new referrals process is currently being finalised with the new providers and further information on making referrals to the new service will be provided to primary care in August through Canterbury HealthPathways. The new providers will be in place by September 2022. 

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Influenza vaccinations now available

Influenza vaccinations now available

Getting a flu jab is your best defence against influenza and 100,000 Cantabrians have now received theirs. If you haven’t got yours, it’s important you get a flu vaccination as soon as you can. 

Influenza is increasing in the community and it can cause serious illness. There may also be higher rates of influenza in New Zealand this winter with our borders reopening. Getting immunised against influenza protects our vulnerable communities, especially young children, older adults and people with chronic health problems, but anyone can become seriously ill from the flu virus.

“We know that people might feel they’ve had a lot of vaccinations lately but please get your flu vaccination as it provides the best protection against influenza, especially if you’re one of the people at greater risk of serious illness if you get the flu,” says Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health.

“We want to say a big thank you to all of those in our community who have already had their vaccination and now have the best protection against influenza. For many of you, getting your flu vaccination will be free and we really encourage you to get it as soon as possible.”

Currently flu vaccinations are free for pregnant women, those 65 years and older, Māori or Pasifika people 55 and over and people with chronic medical conditions such as respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes – this includes children under 5 years of age. Many workplaces also either hold vaccination clinics or give staff vouchers to get their flu vaccination.

The flu affects the whole body and can last up to a week or more.  As you get older your immune system isn’t as good at protecting you, even if you feel fit and healthy.

“If you have a respiratory illness and test negative for COVID-19 on a Rapid Antigen Test, you could have influenza – please stay at home when you have respiratory symptoms even when it’s not COVID-19. This winter there is the very real possibility of having flu and COVID-19 within a short space of time,” says Dr Pink.

“If you've recently recovered from COVID-19, the flu, or any other illness, you can get your flu jab as soon as you're well. And if you are yet to have your COVID-19 vaccination or booster, you can get it at the same time. There is no need to leave a gap between these vaccinations.”

To prevent the spread of influenza, it is important that people keep up all the good healthy habits we have learnt from COVID-19, like wearing masks, opening windows and doors to increase ventilation where possible and practising good hygiene by regularly and thoroughly washing or sanitising your hands.

It is also important to seek medical advice early if you are concerned about your health, even if you have been seen before. Other serious conditions can also look like the flu, including meningococcal disease.

More information about flu vaccinations can be found here: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/influenza/flu-influenza-vaccines.

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Canterbury and West Coast DHBs are preparing for industrial action planned by the PSA

Canterbury and West Coast DHBs are preparing for further planned industrial action by the Public Service Association. The nationwide action involves a full withdrawal of labour for 24 hours from 11.59pm on Sunday 15 May to 11.59pm on Monday 16 May.

This is in addition to the ongoing ‘work to rule’ period between Monday 9 May and Friday 20 May, where staff members of the PSA are instructed by their union:

  • not to work before agreed paid start times
  • not to work after agreed paid start times
  • to stop work to take all the breaks they are entitled to.

In Canterbury 39 professions and over 1500 Public Health, Scientific and Technical staff will be affected by the PSA strike. On the West Coast, 23 professions and more than 120 staff members of PSA union are affected.

Our therapeutic, rehabilitation, laboratory, occupational therapy and diagnostic services as well as other clinical support services and Hauora Māori will be severely impacted during the time of the strike.

However, the industrial action won’t affect COVID-19 testing services and it is really important people who need to get tested on the day of the strike make sure they still do. Likewise, vaccination sites will still be providing COVID-19 vaccinations.

Canterbury and West Coast DHBs Chief Executive, Dr Peter Bramley, says if this industrial action goes ahead as planned it will cause significant disruption to health services across the two DHBs, particularly to lab results which will be delayed as they catch up with the backlog.

“Services such as the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital have warned that there will be delays during the period of the strike,” says Peter.

The 24-hour strike will generally affect patient flow, in particular some discharges back to community where physio, social work, occupational therapy and dietitians are often involved.

Where it is appropriate and safe to do so we will discharge patients home ahead of the strike to reduce the pressure on those staff who are working.

A large number of outpatient clinics, community clinics, elective surgery and procedures are likely to have to be deferred on Monday. People will be re-booked to the next available time. If they are not contacted, they can expect their procedure or appointment to go ahead as normal.

“While community collection centres will be open in Canterbury for blood tests, all community collection centres will be closed on the West Coast. Hospital laboratory staff will only be processing urgent inpatient blood tests,” says Peter.

Some of the professions affected in Canterbury and the West Coast are:

  • Anaesthetic Technicians
  • Audiologists
  • Biomedical Technicians
  • Clinical engineering
  • Dental Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Health Protection Officers
  • Hospital play specialists
  • Kaiāwhina (Allied Health Assistants)
  • Laboratory staff
  • Maori Health staff
  • Newborn Hearing Screeners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthoptists and Optometrists 
  • Pharmacists and Technicians and pharmacy assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Play Specialists
  • Podiatrists 
  • Psychologists
  • Radiology assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-language Therapists
  • Sterile Services staff
  • Technicians (e.g. Neurophysiology, Hyperbaric)

“We respect the right of staff to take industrial action and acknowledge the important role that health workers play in delivering high quality care.

“Our priority, as always, is the safety of patients and we want to reassure our community that you will still receive emergency and urgent care during the strike,” says Peter.

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In this edition of the CEO Update

Our COVID-19 cases may have peaked, but as we come down the other side of the mountain, we have to accept that we will continue to live with this virus for some time to come. Peter acknowledges the hard work of everyone in the health system during this challenging period as we begin planning for the anticipated winter illnesses that will join COVID-19 in the community – RSV, influenza and other contagious nasties.

Also, in this edition, Peter talks about the transition to HealthNZ and the recent Tāngata Ora 2022 Pulse Check survey. We see the lengths our Community Response Team (CRT) will go to to ensure that our rural communities have access to RATs and farewell a long-serving midwife. 

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CEO Update - Monday 4 April 2022In this edition of the CEO Update

It’s anticipated that after two years of closed borders and very little flu, this year’s flu season could affect large numbers of people.

Peter says he can understand that there may be a feeling of vaccine fatigue, but this single jab is vitally important to protect us all. Canterbury DHB staff can begin receiving their free flu vaccinations from tomorrow with roaming vaccinators on the wards and at clinics. No appointment needed.

Peter also talks about a fantastic new initiative to help keep patients connected with their friends and whanau; he thanks our partners across the Canterbury Health System for their incredible expertise and mahi which has made such a difference to the care of people with COVID-19 and reminds us to think of our Muslim colleagues who have just started the holy month of Ramadan, a special time of worship and reflection.

Also, this week, read about another of our fabulous staff members who has stepped up, and out of her comfort zone, to provide much needed cover on Christchurch Hospital’s main reception, the Return to Work team who are committed to supporting our kaimahi through recovery from COVID-19 and Etu Pasifika which is running a COVID-19 hub from its premises providing support and services to their community.

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CEO UpdateIn this edition of the CEO Update

Today Peter reminds us that the best protection for ourselves and our whānau is to be up to date with vaccinations – and that includes a COVID-19 booster. About 105,000 Cantabrians who are eligible are yet to have their booster dose. Having your booster can protect you from serious illness or hospitalisation, so please encourage everyone you know to get theirs.

Peter shares some numbers that reveal the massive response by so many across the Canterbury Health System and there’s a tribute to our highly respected former CEO Gordon Davies who passed away last Tuesday.

Also, this week, we begin the first in a series of stories showcasing staff who are working in redeployed roles, so meet Napat Sirihongthong, a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator for the Burwood site. Her latest deployment is to the newly-opened Remdesivir clinic at Burwood.

Finally, we get an insight into the roles volunteers are taking on during the pandemic and how virtual ward rounds are keeping senior doctors in touch with their patients during a time of staff shortages due to COVID-19.

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CEO Update - Monday 21 March 2022In this edition of the CEO Update

We expect to peak this week in terms of numbers of community cases, with the follow-on of the peak in COVID-19 related hospital admissions expected to occur towards the middle of next week. Remember, whether it’s positive or negative, please report the results of your Rapid Antigen Test. Peter gives a shout out to the many staff who have been deployed to temporary roles to help care for our community at this time, and he also thanks those who are making newcomers welcome. Thank you!

Also this week, there’s a big thumbs up to our staff delivering the vaccination programme with some outstanding results in a survey of those who have been vaccinated, construction work in Parkside, tips for a better night’s sleep and the retirement of two long-serving Ashburton Hospital staff.

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CEO UpdateIn this edition of the CEO Update

With Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities beginning to scale down, Peter especially wants to recognise the skilled health team who helped keep our community COVID-19 free for an extended period of time. They welcomed and looked after more than 35,000 returnees over the past two years and can be proud of the high levels of guest/returnee satisfaction.

Also, in this edition, it will soon be time to get vaccinated against influenza, and Ashburton Hospital Receptionist Anna Glassie shares her personal experience of COVID-19 and has a message about supporting others with the virus.

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Some Canterbury health services are being deferred as DHB staffing impacted by COVID-19

Some Canterbury health services are being deferred as DHB staffing impacted by COVID-19

As the number of active cases of Omicron continues to rise in our community, more Canterbury DHB staff are contracting COVID-19 and having to isolate. Some have COVID, some are household contacts and others need to stay home to look after whānau who have COVID-19. 

Canterbury’s COVID-19 Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Dr Helen Skinner said as of today, Monday 14 March, we are only going ahead with urgent surgery, such as cancer care, and other acute surgery such as following an accident or major trauma, with only a small volume of planned (elective) surgery and procedures going ahead.

“Some outpatient appointments are also being postponed this week. Many have already been switched to virtual consults and are carried out over the phone or by video call, however we have to postpone more planned in-person appointments this week,” Dr Skinner said.

“Urgent outpatient clinics such as dialysis will continue as will urgent and non-deferrable surgery and medical procedures.

“We apologise in advance to those affected by these changes. Anyone whose surgery or outpatient appointment has to be deferred will be contacted by phone.  Over the past two weeks staff have gone all out to allow us to continue to provide as much planned care as possible, but with so many staff away we are unable to maintain our usual levels of surgery and outpatient appointments.

“If you haven’t been contacted by us, please assume your appointment or surgery is going ahead,” she said.

Dr Skinner said Canterbury DHB was utilising all available staff to cover gaps in rosters. “Clinical and non-clinical staff are needed throughout the system to cover a range of roles. We are also deploying staff to help out in a number of rest homes in Canterbury and on the West Coast to ensure some of our most vulnerable community members are well supported. 

“It is important to note that all emergency and non-deferrable surgery and procedures are still going ahead, and anyone needing urgent and emergency care should continue to call their GP team or Healthline 0800 611 116 for health advice or dial 111 if it’s an emergency. 

“Our hospitals and health centres have the highest level of infection, prevention and control measures in place and we encourage everyone to continue to seek the care they need when they need it.

“Hapū māmā/pregnant people should contact their Lead Maternity Carer if they have concerns or suspect they are in labour.

“Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience and stress of having your surgery or appointment postponed at short notice, and hope people appreciate the need to prioritise all our available people resources to ensure safe care for everyone,” Dr Skinner said.

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Reminder – don’t hesitate to seek advice if you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s health

If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home you should call 111 if:

If you’re not sure what to do or how serious things are call the COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 – someone will take your call 24/7 and advise on whether you should call an ambulance or bring the person into hospital.

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Vaccines

A new waiata has been released to encourage all our whānau to get vaccinated, including their tamariki.

A new waiata has been released to encourage all our whānau to get vaccinated, including their tamariki.

Dr Seán MacPherson, Consultant Haematologist at Canterbury DHB was approached by a colleague who floated an idea about writing a song to encourage families to all get vaccinated including their tamariki. This is not the first time he has written one to promote a health message, so he was on board straight away.

“Songs are a great way to share messages, and we have a great message here. We can all protect each other, our whānau, and tamariki if we get vaccinated,” says Dr Seán MacPherson.

He collaborated with Morehu Solomon (Te Arawa, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou) who brought his expertise as an educator to the waiata and shared the message in Te Reo Māori.

“E te iwi e whakarongo mai. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui,” says Morehu Solomon.

“I’m asking everyone to listen, be strong, be firm and be big of heart. We have had it up to here with the virus. We need to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the people we love.”

The New Zealand Army Band stepped in to provide the musical accompaniment and, in collaboration with the Burnham School kapa haka group, produced a video to bring the song to life.

Major Graham Hickman, Director of Music at the New Zealand Army Band, says he is pleased that they could play their part in sharing the message in a creative way.

“We are all part of the team. We want to see New Zealand come out of this pandemic stronger than ever because we know we worked hard to protect each other,” says Major Graham Hickman.

Dr Seán MacPherson asks people to consider their whole family, their colleagues, friends and the wider community.

“I think we all want to do the right thing. Vaccinating against COVID-19 will help minimise the impacts of COVID-19 and reduce hospitalisation so we can continue caring for the people who truly need it the most.”

The song is now published and can be shared via this link: https://fb.watch/bDMLl71bZr/

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New community Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) pick up point opened in Rolleston

11 April 2022: Please note that the location and hours of this RATs Collection Centre has now changed, please see our RATs collection page for the latest information.

A new community Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) pick up point has opened today at Factory Drive off Iport Drive in the IPort industrial area, in Rolleston.

The current hours of operation are 2pm-6pm Monday to Friday only. *These hours may be subject to change at short notice

“Following a successful soft launch this morning, we are confident that the processes we have in place will make this an easy, quick, pick up point,” says Tracey Maisey, ECC Incident Controller, Canterbury DHB.

“Thank you to the Selwyn District Council for providing this site and continued support. We are continuing to work through the roll out of RAT collection sites.”

Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton says that Selwyn District Council is happy to help by providing a Selwyn site which will make it much easier for locals to collect their tests.

“Managing the current Omicron outbreak is a joint effort and it’s great that we can work with the District Health Board to help support our community.”

To help speed things up at all our RAT collection sites please remember to place your order for RATs before heading to a collection site – and have your order number at the ready.

Orders can be made via the online system at https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/or by free calling 0800 222 478 to request your RAT tests.

  • RATs are free for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a household contact or who have been instructed to get tested by a health official.
  • Critical workers who are household contacts
  • Border workers who are required to be tested under the Required Testing Order

  The full list of Community Collection Centres for RATs in Canterbury is on our COVID-19 tests page.

As staffing resources allow, further RAT Collection sites will be set up in other areas.  Please check Healthpoint and the Canterbury DHB website for the latest information on sites and opening times, as they will change over time.

Note that you may need to wait if it’s busy. Our staff are doing their very best to provide RATs to everyone who needs them as quickly as possible. They deserve respect and kindness while they do their work.

REMEMBER TO REPORT ALL YOUR RAT RESULTS

It’s important that you report every RAT result – negative and positive – on My Covid Record website: https://mycovidrecord.health.nz/ as this helps the Ministry of Health understand the size and trends of the outbreak.

If you need a hand or would prefer to record your result over the phone, you can call 0800 222 478. Parents and caregivers can report the results for tamariki/children via the 0800 numbers.  You can ask questions about the process of recording your results by emailing help@mycovidrecord.min.health.nz

The Ministry of Health has produced a video which outlines the process.

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Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the Chatham Islands

Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the Chatham Islands

Canterbury DHB’s Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Dr Helen Skinner confirmed this afternoon that two Chatham Island residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

They are isolating and being supported on the Island.

“We encourage anyone who isn’t vaccinated or hasn’t had their booster to get vaccinated as soon as possible – the Chatham Islands Health Centre will be offering vaccinations tomorrow.

Vaccinations will be available from the Chatham Islands Health Centre. Please call to book an appointment – 03 305 0035.

Dr Skinner said the DHB would be distributing RAT tests to all households on the Islands early this week, as a precaution to allow early detection of positive cases.

“We encourage anyone who has symptoms to have a RAT test and report their results to My Covid Record mycovidrecord.health.nz  any positive results should also be reported to the local health centre so that we can support follow up,” Dr Skinner said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain or confusion/irritability. These almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms.

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A new RAT collection site will open tomorrow, Monday 7 March

A sixth community Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) pick up point opens tomorrow at 11am at the Christchurch Arena. Entry for RATs pick up is only from the Wrights Road entrance to the Arena. 

From Tuesday the new Christchurch Arena site will be open 7 days a week from 9am – 3pm until further notice.

It’s important that people who need RATs don’t try to enter the new Christchurch Arena collection centre via Wrights Road.  That entrance is only for people coming for vaccinations. You will not be able to access the RAT pick up point from Wrights Road.

To help speed things up at all our RAT collection sites please remember to place your order for RATs before heading to a collection site – and have your order number at the ready.

Orders can be made via the online system at https://requestrats.covid19.health.nzor by free calling 0800 222 478 to request your RAT tests.

  • RATs are free for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a household contact or who been instructed to get tested by a healthcare professional
  • Critical workers who are household contacts
  • Border workers who are required to be tested under the Required Testing Order

  The full list of Community Collection Centres for RATs in Canterbury:

  • Wigram COVID-19 Testing & RAT Collection Centre (35 Mustang Avenue, Wigram entry via Sioux Avenue) Drive-through only, open 10am – 3pm 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Covid-19 Testing & RAT Collection Centre (250 Pages Road, Wainoni), open 9am – 3:30pm, 7 days a week.
  • Orchard Road Covid-19 Testing & RAT Collection Centre (174 Orchard Road, Harewood) Open 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Waimakariri Covid-19 RAT Collection Centre (Waimakariri Hockey Turf, 291 Coldstream Road, Rangiora) Drive-through only, open 9am -3pm, 7 days a week.
  • Christchurch Arena RAT Collection Centre (opens 11am – 3pm Monday 7 March, then 9am – 3pm daily from Tuesday 8 March until further notice).
  • Ashburton COVID-19 Testing & RAT Collection Centre (48 South Street, Ashburton entry off Cass Street) Open 9.30am – 2.30pm, 7 days a week.

As staffing resources allow, further RAT Collection sites will be set up in other areas.  Please check Healthpoint and the Canterbury DHB website for the latest information on sites and opening times, as they will change over time.

Note that you may need to wait if it’s busy. Our staff are doing their very best to provide RATs to everyone who needs them as quickly as possible. They deserve respect and kindness while they do their work.

REMEMBER TO REPORT ALL YOUR RAT RESULTS

It’s important that you report every RAT result – negative and positive – on My Covid Record website: https://mycovidrecord.health.nz/ as this helps the Ministry of Health understand the size and trends of the outbreak.

If you need a hand or would prefer to record your result over the phone, you can call 0800 222 478. Parents and caregivers can report the results for tamariki/children via the 0800 numbers.  You can ask questions about the process of recording your results by emailing help@mycovidrecord.min.health.nz

The Ministry of Health has produced a video which outlines the process.

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Expect delays and changes to DHB services during tomorrow’s planned strike by PSA members

Expect delays and changes to DHB services during tomorrow’s planned strike by PSA members

Patients of Canterbury and West Coast DHBs can expect to see delays and changes to services during this week’s strike by Allied, Public Health, Scientific and Technical Staff who are covered by the PSA union bargaining.

The nationwide action involves a full withdrawal of labour for 24 hours from 6am on Friday 4th March to 6am on Saturday 5th March.

Across the Canterbury DHB, 39 professions and over 1500 staff will be affected. On the West Coast, 23 professions and more than 120 staff are affected. Our therapeutic, rehabilitation, laboratory and diagnostic services as well as other clinical support services and Hauora Māori will be severely impacted during the time of the strike.

If this industrial action goes ahead as planned, it will cause significant disruption to all of our health services in Canterbury, similar to the disruptions we experienced during the last nurses’ strike. This will also impact some services in the days following the strike.

Canterbury and West Coast DHBs Chief Executive Peter Bramley says services such as the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital are likely to be impacted by significant delays and elective surgeries have been postponed.

“The strike will affect the time it takes for patients to be seen, assessed and discharged. In particular some discharges back to community where physio, social work, pharmacists, occupational therapy and dietitians are normally involved.

“Where it is appropriate and safe to do so we are discharging patients home ahead of the strike to reduce the pressure on those staff who are working,”.

Many routine outpatient clinics involving allied health staff, community clinics and elective procedures will be deferred. People will be re-booked to the next available time. If they are not contacted, they can expect their procedure or appointment to go ahead as normal. Hospital laboratory staff will only be processing urgent inpatient blood tests.

The strike won’t affect COVID-19 testing services and it is important that people who need to get tested on the day of the strike make sure they still do. Vaccination sites will also still be operating as usual.

Some of the professions affected in Canterbury and the West Coast are:

  • Anaesthetic Technicians
  • Audiologists
  • Biomedical Technicians
  • Dental Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Hauora Māori
  • Health Promotion Officers
  • Kaiāwhina (Allied Health Assistants and support workers)
  • Laboratory staff
  • Medical Imaging Technologists
  • Newborn Hearing Screeners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists and Technicians
  • Phlebotomists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Play Specialists
  • Podiatrists 
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • and Speech-language Therapists

“We respect the right of staff to take industrial action and acknowledge the important role that health workers play in delivering high quality care,” says Peter.

“Our priority, as always, is the safety of patients and we want to reassure our community that you will still receive emergency and urgent care during the strike.” 

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

A health warning has been issued for algal bloom in the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River

Our Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning for the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River at Glentunnel.

The warning follows finding moderate to high cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) at the site.

People should avoid the area and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. 

There are also other access points along the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River that may have benthic cyanobacteria present. People are advised to treat every low-flowing river cautiously, check for the presence of benthic cyanobacteria and avoid contact.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algae look like dark brown to black mats and can produce toxins harmful to people and animals.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips.

“If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately, also let your doctor know if you’ve had contact with dark brown/black algal mats or water in this area,” Dr Brunton says.

Pets that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately.

People and animals should remain out of the waterways until the warnings have been lifted.

Environment Canterbury is monitoring the sites and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed.
  • A low cover of the algae can occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months. Algal blooms are influenced by a combination of available nutrients in the water and sediments (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), a sustained period of low and stable flows, and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods.
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further information visit

https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:

https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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Care in community

Keeping yourself safe with COVID-19 in the Community

There are a number of things you can do to keep yourself safe while out and about in Canterbury.

Mask up – wearing a mask provides great protection. It must cover your nose and mouth. Surgical (paper) masks provide better protection than fabric masks/face coverings.

Scan in – scanning in using the QR code, provides an accurate record of where you’ve been. With blue-tooth turned on, you’ll receive an alert if you’ve been to a location of interest. You can also sign in manually at all locations.

Show your vaccine pass – many businesses and venues require you to show your vaccine pass before you can enter. Have it ready on your phone or printed out.

Stay home if you’re sick –  if you’re not feeling 100% stay home.

Maintain physical distancing – stay at least 1 metre away from people you don’t know.

Get tested – COVID-19 testing is free for anyone with cold or flu like symptoms. No matter how mild it’s important you get tested to identify any cases in the community.

Keep up good hygiene habits – wash and dry your hands frequently or use hand gel; cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of your tissues in the bin and clean or disinfect shared surfaces frequently.

Get vaccinated – whether you need your first, second or booster dose, there are clinics open ready to vaccinate you today – drop ins are welcome.  Check the location of your nearest clinics and booster eligibility here.

Canterbury has excellent rates of vaccination with 98% of eligible people having one dose, and 95% of our eligible community fully vaccinated, however fully vaccinated people can still get COVID-19 – the good news is you are likely to have a mild to moderate illness compared to someone who is unvaccinated, and most people can safely self-isolate at home and receive Care in the Community.

Be prepared – what is your family/ whānau COVID-19 plan? Where will you isolate away from others? Who will do the shopping, cooking and cleaning? Is your first aid kit stocked up with the basics? Who will look after the kids and pets if one or more of your whanau needs to self-isolate? Check the checklist for practical things you can do now to make sure you’re ready.

Been to a location of interest? If you’ve been to a location of interest in relation to recently reported cases of COVID-19 in Canterbury, follow the instructions listed on the Ministry of Health Locations of interest web page and keep checking back, as new locations are added during the day. In most cases you don’t need to stay at home, you just need to monitor your symptoms and get tested if you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Testing is available throughout the holiday period. Our drive through COVID-19 testing centres at 174 Orchard Road Harewood, Christchurch and the Whānau Ora Community Clinic, 250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch are both open 7 days a week, with reduced hours on New Year’s day. Other testing locations can be found on the Canterbury DHB and Healthpoint websites. *Please note, The 24 Hour Surgery is not a COVID-19 testing centre.

Have a holiday Plan B – make sure you are aware of the risk that the spread of COVID-19 might affect your holiday plans and be prepared should this happen. Health guidance for the summer can be found here.

Feeling over it? If all this talk of COVID-19 is getting too much or you’re feeling anxious or just need someone to talk to you can call or text 1737 any time and you can speak to (or text) a trained counsellor free of charge.

Information for visitors to Christchurch

Visitors to Christchurch who need to see a doctor can visit one of the urgent care practices. Please note, you must call first if you have COVID-19 symptoms:

Information for anyone who attended the Hidden Lakes event

Six close contacts of the community case with Omicron announced late yesterday (29 December) are self-isolating in Christchurch under the management of the local public health unit.

The public health risk assessment for people who attended the ‘Hidden Lakes’ event at Hagley Park on 28 December is considered extremely low – particularly due to the 6 close contacts’ prior negative test results that day and significant physical distance between the stage and the crowd.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should get tested. Testing is available throughout the holiday period in Canterbury. Details of locations and times can be found on the Canterbury DHB and Healthpoint websites.

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Health Warning – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Health Warning – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Wainono Lagoon. People should avoid the lake and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. 

Dr Matthew Reid, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algal bloom can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

“People should avoid contact with the water until further notice.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please let your doctor know if you have had contact with the lagoon water, Dr Reid says.

No one should drink the water from the lake at any time and stock and pets, particular dogs, should be kept away from the water and shoreline. Boiling the water does not remove the toxin.

Animals that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats or scums should be taken to a vet immediately and the vet told that they may have been exposed to algal toxins.

Fish and shellfish can concentrate toxins and their consumption should be avoided. If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water.

Further information on gathering Mahinga Kai can be obtained below.

Environment Canterbury will monitor the lake weekly and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality that are of public health significance.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Cyanobacteria occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months.
  • Algal blooms are caused by a combination of nutrients in the water (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • If the water is cloudy, discoloured, or has small globules suspended in it, avoid all contact.
  • Not all cyanobacterial blooms are visible to the naked eye and toxins can persist after the blooms disappear.
  • Cyanobacterial concentrations can change quickly with changing environmental conditions (e.g. wind). If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.

For further details visit: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:

https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

A health warning has been lifted for Waipara River at the Boys' Brigade site

Our Community and Public Health unit has lifted its health warning for Waipara River at Boys’ Brigade site

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Cheryl Brunton, says the latest water testing results show faecal bacteria levels in the Waipara River at the Boys’ Brigade site are now below guideline values and the health warning has been removed.

“The water in the Waipara River at the Boys’ Brigade site is suitable for recreational use,” Dr Brunton says.

When a health warning is in place, water quality at affected sites is not considered suitable for recreational uses including swimming because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogens.

Water contaminated by human or animal faecal bacteria may contain a range of disease-causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa. 

“In most cases the ill-health effects from exposure to contaminated water are minor and short-lived.

“However, there is the potential for more serious diseases, such as hepatitis A, giardia, cryptosporosis, campylobacter and salmonella,” Dr Brunton says.

For further details visit:

https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/   

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:

https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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Cantabs are being reminded of the COVID-19 testing options available this weekend

With COVID-19 cases continuing to be reported in the region, Cantabrians are being reminded of the COVID-19 testing options available to them if they want to be tested this weekend.

Yesterday over 2,700 COVID-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community and demand for testing has been high again today.

Free COVID-19 testing continues to be available at some general practices, and at our three Community-Based Testing Centres (CBTC).

The CBTCs currently operating in Canterbury are:

  • Orchard Road CBTC (near Airport), 174 Orchard Road, Christchurch. Open 9am-4pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Community Clinic CBTC, 250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch. Open 9am-3:30pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Ashburton Hospital site CBTC – 28 Elizabeth Street, Ashburton hospital site. Open 10am-2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. *Note: please enter via Driveway D, not the main entrance to the hospital. While this is a Drive In testing facility, and people arriving in cars is preferred, walk-ins can be accommodated.  

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing over the weekend by calling them or via the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/canterbury/.  

Canterbury’s Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Dr Helen Skinner says anyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to attend.

“No appointment is necessary and testing is free for everyone. You do not need a referral to attend a testing centre and you can drive-up or walk-in,” says Dr Skinner.

Please be aware though that if it’s busy you may have to wait for your test. Please arrive at least half an hour before the facility closes.

More information on testing is here and if you save the link you will be able to check for changes: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/canterbury-dhb-covid-19-information/#4.

The Ministry of Health will continue to update locations of interest in Canterbury on their website.

 

Accessing Health Services

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times at Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must also be used.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

Current visitor restrictions for DHB facilities can be found here. Most importantly, please don’t come visiting if you feel unwell.

 

Vaccinations

This is a timely reminder of how easily COVID-19 can spread. Our best defence against the virus is to have as many people as possible in our community vaccinated.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

94 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose and 84 percent are fully vaccinated. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whānau and our community.  

A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-in-christchurch-canterbury-west-coast/.  

Our drive through vaccination clinic at Christchurch Arena in Addington is open until 7.30pm tonight and 11am-5pm over the weekend.

There’s a number of pop-up events people can attend this weekend as well:

  • New World Ferry Road car park today, today until 6.30pm
  • Mandeville Sports Centre drop-in vaccination clinic, 431 Mandeville Road (Swannanoa), today until 7.30pm and Saturday 9am-12pm
  • Choice Aranui vaccination event, 31 Hampshire St (Aranui), Saturday 10am-3pm
  • New Brighton Mall pop-up vaccination clinic, Saturday 10am-2pm
  • Etu Pasifika drive-through vaccination clinic, 173 Montreal Street (Central City), Saturday 9am-4pm
  • Tangata Atumotu pop-up vaccination clinic, Rowley Avenue Shops (Hoon Hay), Sunday 10am-3pm
  • North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club car park, 80 Marine Parade (North New Brighton), Sunday 10am-2pm
  • PlaceMakers Riccarton follow-up event, 2 Mandeville St (Riccarton), Sunday 10am-2pm
  • Riccarton Sunday Market Q&A and vaccination clinic, Riccarton Racecourse, Sunday 9.30am-2pm
  • Oxford Farmers Market, 42 Main Street (Oxford), Sunday 9am-2pm

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them. If you prefer a fixed time, you can book your vaccination at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

A health warning has been issued for unsafe recreational water quality in the Waipara River

Our Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after high levels of faecal bacteria were found in consecutive samples taken from Waipara River at the Boys Brigade site.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Medical Officer of Health, says water quality at affected site is not considered suitable for recreational uses including swimming because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogens.

If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water before cooking. For further information on gathering Mahinga Kai refer to information below.

Water contaminated by human or animal faecal matter may contain a range of disease causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa. 

“In most cases the ill-health effects from exposure to contaminated water are minor and short-lived. 

“However, there is the potential for more serious diseases, such as hepatitis A, or salmonella infection,” Dr Brunton says.

The sites where water quality is affected are monitored and are listed on Environment Canterbury’s website.

For further details visit:

https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:

https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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Health warning removed for algal bloom at Waiau River at Waiau Township Bridge

A health warning has been issued for algal bloom in a tributary of the Waiau Uwha River

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning for a tributary of the Waiau Uwha River at the Waiau Township. 

The warning follows the finding of moderate to high cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in a tributary on the west bank of the Waiau Uwha River at the Waiau Township.

Algae mats may also be present downstream in the Waiau Uwha River.

People should avoid the area and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. 

There are also other access points along the Waiau River that may have benthic cyanobacteria present. People are advised to treat every low-flowing river cautiously, check for the presence of benthic cyanobacteria and avoid contact.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the algae look like dark brown to black mats and can produce toxins harmful to people and animals.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips.

“If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately, also let your doctor know if you’ve had contact with dark brown/black algal mats or water in this area,” Dr Brunton says.

Pets that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately.

People and animals should remain out of the waterways until the warnings have been lifted.

Environment Canterbury is monitoring the sites and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed.
  • A low cover of the algae can occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months. Algal blooms are influenced by a combination of available nutrients in the water and sediments (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), a sustained period of low and stable flows, and favourable weather conditions (e.g. increased temperature, calm days).
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods.
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further information visit

https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:

https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/

For more information about Mahinga Kai:

https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf

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Cantabs are being urged to seek a COVID-19 test after the notification of a case in the region today

Please attribute comment to Dr Helen Skinner, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Canterbury DHB:

With the Ministry of Health confirming a case of COVID-19 in Christchurch today, Cantabrians who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are being urged to get tested.

People can be tested at their General Practice (you need to call before you turn up for a test) or at a community-based testing centre (CBTC).

You don’t need a referral to attend a CBTC. You can drive-up or walk-in. Testing is free, unless you require a test for travel overseas.

The CBTCs currently operating in Canterbury are:

  • Orchard Road CBTC (near Airport), 174 Orchard Road, Christchurch. Open 9am-4pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Community Clinic CBTC, 250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch. Open 9am-3:30pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Ashburton Hospital site CBTC – 28 Elizabeth Street, Ashburton hospital site. Open 10am-2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. *Note: please enter via Driveway D, not the main entrance to the hospital. While this is a Drive In testing facility, and people arriving in cars is preferred, walk-ins can be accommodated.  

We have increased capacity at our testing centres, with additional staff brought on board. Our Orchard Road site will remain open later if needed, to respond to demand.

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/canterbury/.  

Please get tested if you visited a location of interest or have cold and flu symptoms.

Full details of testing options in Canterbury can be found here: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/canterbury-dhb-covid-19-information/#4

 

Accessing Health Services

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times at Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must also be used.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

Current visitor restrictions for DHB facilities can be found here. Restrictions are in place because reducing the number of people entering our hospitals reduces the opportunities of infection spreading, helping protect vulnerable patients and our staff. Most importantly, please don’t come visiting if you feel unwell.

We continue to treat everyone who presents at our facilities needing healthcare, regardless of their immunisation status.

 

Vaccinations

This is a timely reminder of how easily COVID-19 can spread. Our best defence against the virus is to have as many people as possible in our community vaccinated.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

94 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose and 83 percent are fully vaccinated. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whanau and our community.  

A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-in-christchurch-canterbury-west-coast/.  

Our drive through vaccination clinic at Christchurch Arena in Addington is open until 7.30pm every weeknight, and there’s a pop-up vaccination event at the New World Ferry Road car park Thursday and Friday this week from midday-6.30pm.

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them. If you prefer a fixed time, you can book your vaccination at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.

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The DHB's visitor policy has again been updated as we navigate our way through COVID-19 alert level three

The DHB's visitor policy has again been updated in response to a sixth day of no new community cases of COVID-19 in our region

Please attribute comment to Tracey Maisey, Canterbury DHB Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Controller:

Following a sixth day in a row with no new community cases of COVID-19 in Canterbury, and with the region’s four active cases in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities, Canterbury DHB has made changes to its visitor restrictions which will come into effect at 11:59pm tonight.

Visitor access to all Canterbury DHB health facilities will revert back to the restrictions previously in place under Delta Alert Level 2.

Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to.

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

  • All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  • If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  • All visitors must wear a mask or fabric face covering – please bring your own
  • All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  • Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  • Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

There is further guidance and restrictions in place at individual facilities as follows.

Christchurch Hospital

  • Visiting hours for Christchurch Hospital are from 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm, with only one person visiting at a time
  • Exceptions: Charge Nurse Managers can assess requests on a case by case basis. For example, exceptions will be considered on compassionate grounds including for end of life care
  • Emergency Department – one support person only to accompany someone presenting to ED
  • For children: Paediatric wards (including CHOC) – two caregivers can accompany their child
  • Anyone with planned/elective surgery or an outpatient appointment should turn up as planned – if there’s any change to your appointment we’ll contact you directly.

 

Christchurch Outpatients

  • Due to the ongoing need to maintain physical distancing, support people will only be allowed at Christchurch Outpatients by exception only. If you need a support person with you at your appointment, please call the number on your outpatient appointment letter to arrange this.

 

Burwood Hospital

  • The visiting hours at Burwood Hospital are 11am – 7pm with only one person visiting at a time for each patient
  • Only one support person can attend with a patient for outpatient appointments and planned/elective surgery
  • Exceptions: Charge Nurse Managers can assess requests on a case by case basis. For example, exceptions will be considered on compassionate grounds including for end of life care. Please contact the ward’s Charge Nurse Manager to discuss, or the Duty Nurse Manager after hours.

 

Christchurch Women’s Hospital/Rangiora Health Hub maternity/Lincoln Maternity/Ashburton Maternity

  • One support person only to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment
  • Women in labour in a maternity facility are allowed two support partners for the duration of the labour and birth
  • Women who are having an elective caesarean section are allowed one support person
  • For the duration of their postnatal stay a woman can have one named support person who will be able to visit. Siblings of the new baby may accompany, as long as they are well
  • Outpatient appointments (including Fetal Maternal Medicine) – a support person will only be permitted under specific criteria determined by staff.

*Note: St Georges Maternity Unit is also following the same guidelines.

 

Specialist Mental Health Services at Hillmorton campus & The Princess Margaret Hospital site

  • One person may visit once per day during Hillmorton Hospital and The Princess Margaret Hospital visiting hours
  • One support person per outpatient
  • Additional people will be considered by the Clinical/Charge Nurse Manager or Duty Nurse Manager (after hours). This must be by prior arrangement to ensure that we can meet physical distancing requirements.

 

Ashburton Hospital

Visiting hours are as normal, but:

  • One visitor at a time – although more than one person can visit each day
  • One support person per outpatient
  • One support person to accompany someone to the Ashburton Acute Assessment Unit
  • Exceptions: Nurse Managers can assess requests on a case by case basis.

 

Age-Related Residential Care facilities managed by Canterbury DHB: Oxford Hospital, Darfield Hospital, Ellesmere Hospital, Waikari Hospital, Tuarangi Home

  • To ensure the safety of patients, all of whom are aged over 65, visitors to the Aged Residential Care part of this facility are only allowed by prior appointment
  • Please contact the facility to discuss with the manager. There may be a separate entrance for visitors, please check with staff.

 

Park and Ride

  • The hospital shuttle service from the Deans Ave car park is running as normal again with a weekend service back up and running and 10 people permitted per shuttle.

Full details of further changes to visiting at other Canterbury DHB facilities, including cafés will be available on our website tonight.

As always, please don’t visit if you’re unwell and remember the usual public health precautions such as hand hygiene and physical distancing.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – please seek a test.

If you are unwell and need to see a doctor you should call your usual GP team for advice 24/7. For general health information visit: https://www.healthinfo.org.nz/

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Health warning  – algal bloom in Lake Pegasus

Health advice following the Bromley wastewater treatment plant fire

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health Unit is providing the Canterbury community with some practical advice following the fire at the wastewater treatment plant in Bromley, Christchurch.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says while there is no longer a significant amount of smoke in the air around this location, the strong smell created by the fire may persist for some time.

“Anyone experiencing any persistent health issues from the fire should contact their general practice team for advice, in the first instance,” says Dr Brunton.

Community and Public Health’s other advice is as follows:

Food safety

  • Wash home-grown fruits and vegetables before consumption.

Outside

  • If soot from the fire reached your home, you may wish to hose down your roof, outside walls, decks, paths, and driveway
  • Any large pieces of debris can be picked up using gloves. Please ensure the debris is cool and if in doubt soak in water before disposing of it in your red bin.

Internal surfaces

  • Any visible soot or dust (for example, on windowsills) can be wiped down using a damp cloth. For hard surfaces, use a mop with a mild soap or detergent.
  • Soft furnishing can be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter).

Clothing

  • If you had clothes on the washing line which have been exposed to smoke and soot, put them through a rinse cycle and then wash again as usual.  Wash any other items that smell of smoke or soot.

Pets

  • Wash your pet and pet bedding if they were exposed to smoke and soot.

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Health warning  – algal bloom in Lake Pegasus

Smoke from fire at Bromley wastewater treatment plant

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a public health warning for smoke from the fire at the wastewater treatment plant in Bromley, Christchurch.

Air around this location is smoky and there is potential that people who are sensitive to smoke – such as those with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, young children and the elderly ­– may experience symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritation.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says exposure to smoke can worsen pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

“People affected by the smoke should close windows and doors and stay indoors.

FENZ is continuing to work to get the fire under control. The Easterly wind is sending smoke in the direction of some of Christchurch’s eastern suburbs and central city areas.

“Anyone experiencing health issues from the fire should contact their general practice team for advice, in the first instance,” Dr Brunton says.

What to do when it’s smoky outside

If you see or smell smoke outside, you should stay inside if it’s safe to do so.

Remember to:

  • Keep your windows and doors shut
  • Switch your air conditioning to ‘recirculate’
  • Air out your house when the smoke clears
  • Look out for children, older people, and others at risk
  • Keep pets inside with clean water and food. Keep pets’ bedding inside if possible.

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Cantabs are being urged to seek a COVID-19 test after COVID was detected in wastewater sampling on Friday

With the Ministry of Health confirming the detection of COVID-19 in two new wastewater samples collected in Christchurch on Friday, it’s important Cantabrians who have any COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – seek a test.

Over the weekend more than 5,400 COVID-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community. Because of the recently reported cases and new wastewater detections, it’s important these high testing rates continue.

Free COVID-19 testing also continues to be available at some general practices, and at our three Community-Based Testing Centres (CBTC).

The current testing options available in the community have good capacity to respond to high demand throughout the region.

COVID-19 CBTCs in Christchurch and Canterbury:

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/canterbury/.  

Canterbury DHB’s Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Tracey Maisey says anyone who is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or has visited a location of interest is encouraged to attend.

“No appointment is necessary and testing is free for everyone. You don’t need a referral to attend a testing centre and you can drive-up or walk-in,” says Tracey.

Please be aware though that if it’s busy you may have to wait for your test. While not essential, we recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the process. Please arrive at least half an hour before the facility closes.

More information on testing is here and if you save the link you will be able to check for changes: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/canterbury-dhb-covid-19-information/#4.

 

Vaccinations

We’re also reminding people that there are plenty of places to get vaccinated if they have not already.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

Over 91 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whānau and our community.  

A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-in-christchurch-canterbury-west-coast/.  

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them.  If you prefer a fixed time, you can book your vaccination at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.

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The DHB's visitor policy has again been updated as we navigate our way through COVID-19 alert level three

The DHB's visitor policy remains unchanged from last week

Visitor access to all Canterbury DHB health facilities will remain restricted until at least 11:59pm Thursday 4 November, to enable safe physical distancing and to reduce the chance of a visitor with COVID-19 spreading it to vulnerable patients and staff.

Limiting our interactions with others, together with getting vaccinated are two of our best defences against COVID-19. For this reason, a limited visitor policy applies across all Canterbury DHB facilities.

Children under 16 and people who are unwell cannot visit under any circumstances, except to access emergency care.

A person may only enter our facilities:

  • to accompany someone when initially attending the Emergency Department
  • to visit a person receiving end of life care
  • to provide support to a person with a disability
  • to enable one parent/caregiver to be with a child who is in hospital
  • CHOC – (Child Haematology Oncology Centre), one parent to accompany/stay with each patient
  • as a parent visiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • ICU – one nominated person may visit once per day during visiting hours and be the only visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay
  •  Maternity:
    • one support person only to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment
    • women in labour in a maternity facility are allowed two support people for the duration of the labour and birth
    • women can have one named support person for the duration of their postnatal stay
    • LMCs may visit women postnatally in our maternity units.
  • Specialist Mental Health Services – one support person to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment or urgent care

All of the above remain at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager for the ward or service. Visitors will not be allowed in wards caring for patients in isolation. Additional exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds.

Where these visits do take place, all visitors are required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times, unless they have a condition that makes them exempt and can show their exemption card (see below).

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go in a DHB facility using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case. Alternatively you can sign in at reception.

Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Exemption card for face coverings 

We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering safely or comfortably. If you cannot wear one, you can get an exemption card. You can show your exemption card when needed, for example to a bus driver. 

You can request a card from the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ by contacting them on 04 801 9100 or at info@dpa.org.nz.

DHB Aged Residential Care facilities

The limited visitors rule applies. However, family visits for palliative care residents who are receiving end of life care and do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Park and Ride

The hospital shuttle service will continue to operate Monday-Friday 6:15am-8.30pm daily, to and from the Christchurch Hospital main entrance and Waipapa, and to and from the Outpatients Building until 6pm. There is will be no shuttle service running at weekends while we have community cases.

The following applies:

  • all people using the shuttle will be required to wear a mask or face-covering unless medically exempt
  • a limit of five passengers per shuttle will be observed to allow greater physical distancing
  • hand sanitiser will be available to use as you enter and leave the shuttle
  • an enhanced cleaning schedule is in place during shuttle operational hours
  • please don’t use the shuttle if you are sick. You should not be visiting any of our facilities if you are unwell.

Cafés

Christchurch Campus:

  • Great Escape Café – open for staff onlywith coffee and pre-packaged food available, usual opening hours
  • Willow Lane – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-2pm
  • Kanuka – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-2pm
  • PeaBerry, Parkside and Christchurch Women’s Café will be closed.

Ashburton Hospital Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.

Hillmorton Avon Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 11am-1pm.

Burwood Travis Courtyard Café – open to staff only for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm.

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Cantabs are being reminded that COVID-19 testing is still available this weekend

With COVID-19 cases continuing to be reported in the region, Cantabrians are being reminded of the COVID-19 testing options available to them if they want to be tested this weekend.

Yesterday over 3,000 COVID-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community and demand for testing has been high again today.

Free COVID-19 testing continues to be available at some general practices, and at our three Community-Based Testing Centres (CBTC).

COVID-19 CBTCs in Christchurch and Canterbury:

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing over the weekend by calling them or via the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/canterbury/.  

Canterbury’s Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Dr Helen Skinner says anyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has visited a location of interest is encouraged to attend.

“No appointment is necessary and testing is free for everyone. You do not need a referral to attend a testing centre and you can drive-up or walk-in,” says Dr Skinner.

Please be aware though that if it’s busy you may have to wait for your test. Please arrive at least half an hour before the facility closes.

More information on testing is here and if you save the link you will be able to check for changes: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/canterbury-dhb-covid-19-information/#4.

 

Accessing Health Services

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times at Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must also be used.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

Current visitor restrictions for DHB facilities can be found here. Most importantly, please don’t come visiting if you feel unwell.

 

Vaccinations

This is a timely reminder of how easily COVID-19 can spread. Our best defence against the virus is to have as many people as possible in our community vaccinated.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

90 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whanau and our community.  

A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-in-christchurch-canterbury-west-coast/.  

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them.  If you prefer a fixed time, you can book your vaccination at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.

ENDS

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED PAGE. The advice and information contained in this page may not be current and it should only be used for historical reference purposes.
The DHB's visitor policy has again been updated as we navigate our way through COVID-19 alert level three

The DHB's visitor policy has again been updated in response to community cases of COVID-19 in our region

With the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Christchurch, visitor access to all Canterbury DHB health facilities will be further restricted from 11:59pm tonight, to enable safe physical distancing. This will be reviewed on Monday 1 November.

Limiting our interactions with others is one of our best defences against COVID-19. For this reason, a limited visitor policy will apply across all Canterbury DHB facilities.

Children under 16 and people who are unwell cannot visit under any circumstances, except to access emergency care.

A person may only enter our facilities:

  • to visit a person receiving end of life care
  • to provide support to a person with a disability
  • to enable one parent/caregiver to be with a child who is in hospital
  • CHOC – (Child Haematology Oncology Centre), one parent to accompany/stay with each patient
  • as a parent visiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • ICU – one nominated person may visit once per day during visiting hours and be the only visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay
  • Maternity:
    • one support person only to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment
    • women in labour in a maternity facility are allowed one support person for the duration of the labour and birth
    • women can have one named support person for the duration of their postnatal stay
    • LMCs may visit women postnatally in our maternity units.
  • Specialist Mental Health Services – one support person to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment or urgent care

All of the above remain at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager for the ward or service. Visitors will not be allowed in wards caring for patients in isolation. Additional exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds.

Where these visits do take place, all visitors are required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times, unless they have a condition that makes them exempt and can show their exemption card (see below).

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case. Alternatively you can sign in at reception.

 

Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

 

Exemption card for face coverings 

We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering safely or comfortably. If you cannot wear one, you can get an exemption card. You can show your exemption card when needed, for example to a bus driver. 

You can request a card from the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ by contacting them on 04 801 9100 or at info@dpa.org.nz.

 

DHB Aged Residential Care facilities
The limited visitors rule applies. However, family visits for palliative care residents who are receiving end of life care and do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Park and Ride

The hospital shuttle service will continue to operate Monday-Friday 6:15am-8.30pm daily, to and from the Christchurch Hospital main entrance and Waipapa, and to and from the Outpatients Building until 6pm. There is will be no shuttle service running at weekends while we have community cases.

The following applies:

  • all people using the shuttle will be required to wear a mask or face-covering unless medically exempt
  • a limit of five passengers per shuttle will be observed to allow greater physical distancing
  • hand sanitiser will be available to use as you enter and leave the shuttle
  • an enhanced cleaning schedule is in place during shuttle operational hours
  • please don’t use the shuttle if you are sick. You should not be visiting any of our facilities if you are unwell.

 

Cafés

Christchurch Campus:

  • Great Escape Café – open for staff only with coffee and pre-packaged food available, usual opening hours
  • Willow Lane – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-2pm
  • Kanuka – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-2pm
  • PeaBerry, Parkside and Christchurch Women’s Café will be closed.

Ashburton Hospital Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.

Hillmorton Avon Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 11am-1pm.

Burwood Travis Courtyard Café – open to staff only for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm.

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Cantabs are urged to get tested today following the confirmation of two COVID-19 cases in the region

Please attribute comment to Dr Helen Skinner, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Canterbury DHB:

With the Ministry of Health confirming two COVID-19 cases in Christchurch overnight, Cantabrians who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have visited a location of interest are being urged to get tested.

People can be tested at their General Practice (you need to call before you turn up for a test) or at a community-based testing centre (CBTC).

You don’t need a referral to attend a CBTC. You can drive-up or walk-in. Testing is free, unless you require a test for travel overseas.

The COVID-19 CBTCs currently operating in Canterbury are:

  • Orchard Road CBTC (near Airport), 174 Orchard Road, (Off Harewood Road), Christchurch. Open 9am-late, 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Community Clinic CBTC (Wainoni), 250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch. Open 9am-3:30pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Ashburton Hospital site CBTC – 28 Elizabeth Street, Ashburton hospital site, Open 10am-2pm, Tuesday to Thursday and on Saturday (Walk-in/no referral required) 

Our testing centres are already experiencing increased demand and we have increased capacity to respond to this, with additional staff brought on board today. Our Orchard Road site will remain open late today as demand requires.

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/canterbury/.  

Please get tested if you visited a location of interest or have cold and flu symptoms.

Full details of testing options in Canterbury can be found here: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/your-health/canterbury-dhb-covid-19-information/#4

 

Accessing Health Services

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times at Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must also be used.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

Current visitor restrictions for DHB facilities can be found here. Most importantly, please don’t come visiting if you feel unwell.

 

Vaccinations

This is a timely reminder of how easily COVID-19 can spread. Our best defence against the virus is to have as many people as possible in our community vaccinated.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

89 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whanau and our community.  

A full list of clinics, including multiple walk-in options, can be found here: https://vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz/covid-19-vaccination-clinics-in-christchurch-canterbury-west-coast/.  

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them.  If you prefer a fixed time, you can book your vaccination at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.

ENDS

Page last updated: 22 November 2021

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