VISITING HOSPITAL

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

Last updated:
13 March 2023

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

To keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks are recommended to be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their face mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People can visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

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

More COVID-19 information

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In this week’s Pānui we profile two service innovations that are helping to improve outcomes and access to care for patients at Christchurch Hospital. One is a new ‘pop-up’ unit which is providing much-needed extra capacity in our Acute dialysis service, and the other is a unique nurse-led vascular access initiative.

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

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In our first Pānui for 2024 we meet New Years Honour recipient Rose Henderson, who was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for her services to social work and health. We also catch up with Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti and Minister for Mental Health Matt Doocey, who both visited Christchurch recently to view facilities and meet staff.

As we head towards Waitangi Day we hear from two of our local Māori health leaders with their reflections on what Te Tiriti means to them, and pay a visit to Waiata Wednesdays – a great way to learn and enjoy te reo.

We spend One Minute With Amy Walker, Recruitment Partner, and learn about a new initiative from the Community Occupational Therapists in the Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Community Therapy Service. There’s also a bumper crop of whakamihi | bouquets from users of our services.

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Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 18 December 2023In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

In our final Pānui for 2023, an All Black drops in to congratulate local nine-year-old Flynn, who won the competition to name the 90-metre crane working on Tower C at Christchurch Hospital’s Waipapa building.

We meet the latest group of Emerging Researcher grant recipients, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Youth Advisory Council looks back at a busy 2023, and we say farewell to Volunteer Chaplaincy Assistant Denise McGill who has retired after 21 years. We also catch up on progress at Kurawaka Waipapa, Christchurch’s new community birthing unit.

There’s plenty of summer fare, with a spread of Christmas photos taken around our facilities, and tips to help you stay well and safe these holidays. 

Thanks for all your support, feedback, and contributions in 2023. We will be back on 29 January 2024. Meri Kirihimete!

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Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 11 December 2023In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

In this issue we drop in on Interchurch Council Hospital Chaplain Bridie Marsden-Boyd, who is doing “something special” with consumers at Hillmorton to support their wellbeing during the Christmas season.

We catch up with the Class of ’73 – the first intake of students at the then Christchurch Clinical School, as they gather to mark their 50-year milestone.

You can also find out about the great mahi being done by some of the clinical teams at Christchurch Hospital, including the Cardio-Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services (CRISS) team, and the Christchurch Hospital Delirium Group.

With holidays and hot weather on the way, we look at how you can keep yourself healthy and well-prepared for the summer break.

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Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 4 December 2023In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

In this issue we congratulate Clinical Informatics Lead Charlene Tan-Smith, who has won the 2023 Clinical Informatics Leadership Award for her outstanding mahi in the field of data and digital health.

We mark International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) this week. In New Zealand, it’s estimated one in four people have a physical, sensory, learning, mental health or other disability. Read about the work our kaimahi are doing to ensure people with disabilities have access to the health services they need. We also acknowledge 10 years of community health partnership and collaboration with Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council.

In this issue’s akoranga reo Māori (te reo Māori lesson) we look at the concept of saying ‘please’ – and how to ask for or request things.

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In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

This week we mark the karakia whakamoemiti (blessing) of Tū Waka-Waipapa – the new public car park located near Christchurch Hospital. We also celebrate the success of a new pilot Wāhine Ora Colposcopy Community Clinic for wāhine Māori and Pacific women.

In this issue’s akoranga reo Māori (te reo Māori lesson) we recap some of the kupu (words) and phrases we have learned in recent lessons, including terms you can drop into meetings and conversations. Kia manawa tītī! Keep going and don’t give up!

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