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Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

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

Last updated:
20 July 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 Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We 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.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances where trusted whānau members provide assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – again, please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit.
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them.
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and other maternity units. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments. No under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted).
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

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

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Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 8 August 2022

In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

This week, read about the Te Whatu Ora Change Hub, which includes information about the working groups, work streams and the design process of the new health system operating model. There's helpful information about supporting healthcare workers through the pandemic and photos from the successful Pasifika vaccination events at the weekend. 

Also, in this edition, we have some achievements to celebrate. Neonatal Physiotherapist Tiffany Hamilton was elected to the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Executive Subcommittee. In addition, a new nurse-led infusion service was set up in just six weeks at Burwood Hospital for people who need non-complex intravenous (IV) infusions.

There's information on better tools available to support informed consent, a quiz that tests your knowledge of medical-themed TV shows and movies and a delicious roast vegetable salad recipe.

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In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

This week we congratulate Meg Poutasi, the newly appointed National Director, Pacific Health. Interim Regional Director / Interim District Director Peter Bramley looks at our COVID-19 numbers and thanks all health workers, from the frontline to those getting things done behind the scenes, for their hard mahi.

Also, in this week’s edition, we celebrate Cook Islands Language Week with the Canterbury Hauora Community Hub and share the launch of a mobile testing clinic to mark World Hepatitis Day. A partnership between Canterbury health providers, social agencies, and Ara Poutama Aotearoa aims to address the obstacles prison leavers face in accessing health care.

We haven’t forgotten the quiz, and this week test your knowledge of 1980s music.

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People warned to stay away from beaches, rivers and floodwaters

Te Mana Ora (Community and Public Health) is warning people to avoid contact with beaches, rivers and floodwaters for two days. 

Dr Matthew Reid, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says the recent heavy rain has resulted in added pressure on sewerage systems and overflows into many waterways.

“Flood waters may have been contaminated with sewage and the most important thing to remember when cleaning up is to practise basic hand hygiene,” Dr Reid says.

“Always wash your hands using soap after being in contact with contaminated water, and after cleaning up areas affected by flooding. It’s also important not to allow children to play in flood-affected areas until the clean-up is complete.

“In general people should avoid rivers and beaches for at least two days after any significant rainfall event. It’s not safe to drink water from rivers or use the rivers or estuary for recreational activities.”

For more detailed information on flooding and health please visit the Manatū Hauora/Ministry of Health website:

Flooding and Health

www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/emergency-management/protecting-your-health-emergency/floods-and-health

 

 

 

 

 

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In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

Today we share some informative videos from Te Whatu Ora CEO Margie Apa and Board Chair Rob Campbell. There’s a review of our current COVID-19 numbers that we hope are close to peaking as we look optimistically towards spring. Read about a new public dashboard reporting COVID-19 wastewater figures that shows our actual case numbers may be higher than we realise.

If you’re having difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, we have some great advice and have the first of a series of winter warmer recipes for these cold rainy days. Also, in this edition, we share the launch of two important projects: a new Waitaha | Canterbury Suicide Prevention Action Plan and website and an Addictions System Design project for Waitaha | Canterbury and Te Tai o Poutini | West Coast.

There's a new hand hygiene initiative to make it easier for those who need assistance to clean their hands, and we haven’t forgotten the quiz – this week on Canterbury sportspeople.

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In today’s issue, we learn about the Five System Shifts that underpin the transformation of our health system. There’s information about the various measures currently being undertaken to support those who provide care to the people of Canterbury and a reminder of the basic things we can all do to reduce the spread of viruses.

This week we celebrate our people through the success of Occupational Therapist Lucy Anderson, recently named in the Back Ferns squad, and the first of a series sharing the hobbies and interests of staff. Read what people say about the Enhancing Leadership Programme and check out the impressive new equipment installed in Wellfood’s Hillmorton campus kitchen.

There’s lots more and a quiz that tests your recollection of 2012.

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In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

In the second issue of the Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui, we get a better idea of some key roles and responsibilities within Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority. Peter Bramley, in his capacity as Interim Waitaha Canterbury District Director and Interim Te Waipounamu Regional Director, updates us on our COVID-19 numbers and reminds us to register our positive RAT results on the My Covid record website.

Clinical Dietician Abigail McPhail gives some great advice on eating for winter wellness, which is particularly important when people are feeling rundown and trying to avoid the various nasty viruses currently circulating. Speaking of viruses, we have included an article for those who have not yet received their flu vaccination. Please take note!

Also, in this issue, we meet a paediatric nurse celebrating 50 years in health, and you get to test your knowledge with this week’s quiz on famous clinicians.

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Welcome to the new Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui. To mark our change to Health New Zealand, we have a new name and look for our weekly update. While much of the content remains familiar, we will be incorporating new material and articles focusing on stories specifically for our people and about our people.

In this first edition, there’s a review of the change to Health New Zealand and information about practical things like letterhead, email signatures and the various districts. We also hear from Peter Bramley in his capacity as Interim Regional Director Te Wai Pounamu and Interim District Director Waitaha Canterbury and Te Tai o Poutini West Coast.

Also, in this edition, we learn what a day at Te Ha o Te Ora | Kaikōura Health is like and celebrate the donation of 20 specialised cots to Christchurch Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Māia Health Foundation and Westpac NZ unveil the winning mural at Ōtautahi’s child and youth mental health outpatient unit, and you can test your knowledge of current health events by taking our quiz. No cheating!

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In the last CEO Update (as we know it) before the change to Health New Zealand, Peter reflects on Canterbury DHB and shares the goals of the new health system. These include more equitable and accessible healthcare that is cohesive and responsive to people of all communities.

Also, in this edition, as we look forward to a new change, three of our longest-serving staff members share some fascinating memories of their careers with Canterbury DHB and before. We celebrate some of our DHB and community volunteers recognised for their service during Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu (National Volunteer Week), and we get tips and reminders about how to protect ourselves from colds, flu and viruses and stay well this winter.

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In a week where we celebrate our volunteers and our first Matariki public holiday, Peter also acknowledges the end of an era with the final Board meeting before our change to Health New Zealand on 1 July.

Also, in this edition, we celebrate a fourth Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative accreditation for Te Hā o Te Ora l Kaikōura and all the fun, colour and diversity that is Pride. There’s advice on making your workstation more ergonomic, and The Family Help Trust launches its Safer families Programme in Ashburton. Finally, take a few minutes to read the memories of people who worked, birthed or were born at Lincoln Maternity Hospital.

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 Memories of Lincoln Maternity

At 6am on 31 May 2022, a baby boy was born at Lincoln Maternity Hospital. Soon after, he and his parents transferred to the new Oromairaki Maternity Unit in Toka Hāpai (Selwyn Health Hub) and the doors were permanently closed on Lincoln Maternity. After 95 years and the birth of thousands of babies, it was the end of an era.

Back in January, Canterbury DHB and Selwyn District Council made a call out for memories of Lincoln Maternity Hospital. The response was tremendous with stories and comments from people born in the hospital, parents who had their babies there, and staff, past and present.

The recurring theme in the memories we received, was that Lincoln Maternity Hospital felt like a home away from home to all who ventured inside. A warm, comforting place with delicious food that provided invaluable support and advice to mums and whānau.

We thank all the contributors and are thrilled to share these memories with you.

You can read the Memories of Lincoln Maternity by clicking on the link below.

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In this edition of the CEO Update

The countdown is well and truly on, with 17 days until we all become part of Health NZ. Peter also talks about small actions we can take to reduce pressure on the health system, especially ED and urgent care.

Also, in this edition, the Bowel Screening Programme has been rolled out nationwide, and 835,00 Kiwis aged between 60 and 74 can now access free screening every two years. Go back in time and see the transformation of Christchurch Hospital as it turns 160, and learn about the Philippines' Independence Day.

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This week, Peter recognises the hard work of all health staff managing an under-the-pump health system affected by winter viruses and COVID-19. We celebrate cancer surgeon and researcher Professor Frank Frizelle for his New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s birthday honours and share some exciting baby news out of Selwyn District.

Also, in this edition, the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel is gifted a photo of great historical significance, and we learn how to use a Slippery Sam / Slippery Sally.

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With just 31 days until we join Health NZ, Peter shares the news that he has accepted the role of Interim Regional Director for Te Waipounamu/the South Island from 1 July. Canterbury DHB staff, community members and police staff were recognised last week by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster for their response to the 2019 terror attacks. Peter also shares details of the Oromairaki Maternity Unit opening in Rolleston tomorrow and invites our citizen scientists to become flu trackers.

Also, in this edition, we celebrate Samoan Language Week and learn about the work of Bike Bridge, a project which gives free bike riding lessons to refugee and migrant women. We mark World Smokefree Day, World MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Day and celebrate the graduates of the Te Papa Hauora Future Leaders Programme 2022.

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A reminder that vaccination and healthy habits are the best protection against the viruses circulating this winter. Peter also reiterates the message about staying home if you’re unwell and getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The interim CEOs of Health NZ and the Māori Health Authority visited this week as we prepare for 1 July.

We bid farewell to Chief Medical Officer Helen Skinner and mourn the loss of a Canterbury icon, Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts (DNZM CBE JP).

Also, in this edition, we see how DHB staff supported Pink Shirt Day on 20 May, meet two high school students making a difference and learn about the environmental damage caused by tobacco.

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This week, Peter celebrates the success of a group of Canterbury clinicians who won the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence 2020 Asia Pacific area award. After two years of postponement, they received their awards and much-deserved public recognition. Two Canterbury DHB facilities have been highlighted this week with the blessing of our sites within the new Toka Hāpai Selwyn Health Hub and a visit from the Minister of Health to cut the ribbon and officially mark the opening of the new 12 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) pod in Waipapa.

Also, in this edition, we bust some common myths about the flu, visit our expansive distribution centre and learn about the work of Ngā Toka o Te Aratika to grow our Māori nursing workforce. Burwood Hospital decommissions its nitrous oxide supply, and we get ready to take a stand against bullying with Pink Shirt Day on 20 May.

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In this edition of the CEO Update

Peter acknowledges two important days – International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses Day (12 May), extending thanks and recognition to these invaluable healthcare workers. He shares further gratitude to all of the fantastic Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) staff and talks about the changes coming to our ECC as it transitions to a  System Wide Operation Centre (SWOC).

Also, in this edition, we share some fantastic stories from nurses, look at a new model of care for people living with chronic pain and celebrate cultural and religious diversity with the ‘Peace Train’ interfaith bike ride. Learn how much vitamin C you need and meet a star orderly hired through the Project Search intern programme.

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We are still experiencing a high demand for health services which means additional pressure on our hospitals and Emergency Department. With our COVID-19 hospitalisations still high, Peter is thrilled to share that the new 12-bed purpose-built ICU pandemic pod will be ready for patients next week. There is also an update on the transition to Health NZ.

Also, in this edition, we recognise more pandemic heroes and those living our values, like Allied Health Assistant Lauren Wood. Acknowledging World Hand Hygiene Day on Thursday, 5 May, we see how Canterbury DHB's compliance has improved over the past ten years.

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We're talking vaccinations again! Around a quarter of eligible Kiwis are still not boosted, despite Omicron being pervasive in our community. We must obtain all the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to better ensure our protection from the virus. Peter also encourages all DHB employees to take up the offer of free flu vaccinations before the winter months hit after receiving his last week.

Also, in this edition, we recognise Administrative Professionals Day on 27 April and acknowledge just a few of the people who have stepped up to take on new roles and responsibilities during the Omicron outbreak.

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After the Easter weekend, Peter reflects on the shift to the Orange traffic light setting and some changes to our visitor policy that took effect today. He also recognises the upcoming ANZAC Day as a time to reflect and honour those in the service of our country – past and present.

Also, in this edition, we meet Simione Tagicakibau who has been volunteering to provide clinical support to Pacific people isolating with COVID-19 in the Nelson-Marlborough region. A midwife of more than 50 years is bid farewell, and we clarify some of the confusion around mask requirements under traffic light setting Orange.

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With more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases in Canterbury Peter is happy to see that our preparation and hard mahi continues to make a difference. He also recognises International Women’s Day (08 March) and this year’s theme of break the bias (#breakthebias).

Also, in this edition, are valuable mental and general wellbeing tips to help people better manage the stresses and strains of the pandemic. The Christchurch Hospital Pharmacy team have success at their national conference and we meet the extraordinary 100-year-old retired nurse, Una O’Neill.

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New COVID-19 testing facility in Christchurch

New COVID-19 testing facility in Rangiora

New COVID-19 testing centre to open in Rangiora from 9am Thursday 03 March

To help meet high public demand for testing, an additional drive-through COVID-19 testing site will be set up at Waimakariri Hockey Turf, at 291 Coldstream Road, Rangiora.

 Updated 22 March 2022  Waimakariri Community Collection Site

Location: Waimakariri Hockey Turf, at 291 Coldstream Road, Rangiora.

Hours: 9am-3pm Mon-Fri only this week, and then 9am-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday only from 28 March until further notice. This facility is drive-through only and will be providing RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) collection only at this time.

This facility is drive-through only and will be providing RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) collection only at this time.

People are advised to attend only if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are a household contact of a known case or they have been advised to get tested by a health professional.

Incident Controller for the Canterbury health system’s Omicron outbreak response, Tracey Maisey says demand for testing has understandably spiked in recent days as the number of community cases has risen.

“We’d like to thank the North Canterbury community for their patience and taking the time to visit testing centres in Christchurch. We’re pleased to be able to respond to their needs by opening this additional site in Rangiora.”

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In this edition of the CEO Update

Our COVID-19 cases continue to grow each day as projected, and we remain on track to peak towards the end of March. It is important that we look out for our friends, whānau and neighbours during this time, and we have produced a handy guide for people recovering at home with COVID-19, which will be of great help.

Also, in this edition, we share images of a delivery of RATs (Rapid Antigen Tests); the Minister of Health visits our Hillmorton campus to see how the construction of the new facilities is progressing, and we mark International Wheelchair Day.

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With new community COVID-19 cases across Aotearoa now exceeding 2000 a day and Canterbury getting increasing numbers, we have entered Phase Two of our Omicron response. It’s all hands on deck with our Emergency Coordination Centre stood up almost a week ago and working with the various local Emergency Operation Centres across Canterbury and the West Coast.

Also, in this edition, you can read about how iPads are being set up in COVID-19 isolation wards to aid communication and integrated care, the first celebration ceremony of the Canterbury Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice Programme since its inception in September 2020, and a fantastic virtual reality treatment for anxiety and phobia.

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In this edition of the CEO Update

It’s Valentine’s Day and there is a lot to love, including our preparation for the Omicron wave. The Big Boost initiative is well underway, and an Infection, Prevention and Control (IP&C) webinar hosted by Drs Sarah Berger and Alan Pithie provides even more valuable information for healthcare providers.

Also, in this edition, we see the first images of the Medical Progressive Care facility set up for COVID-19 patients. There are important reminders about hand hygiene, a farewell to the outgoing Chief People Officer (CPO), and a timely story on five ways that love is good for the heart.

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Just as the West Coast avoided the predicted severe flooding, we managed to get through the Waitangi long weekend without a spike in COVID-19 cases. With the gap between the second vaccine dose and booster now reduced to three months, many more Cantabrians are now eligible and taking the opportunity to secure that important additional protection from Omicron. Along with boosters, Peter shares some information about wellbeing and acknowledges the efforts of those who helped out the West Coast last week. From those who coordinated the response to the many others who stepped up to help out.

Also, in this edition, we have a personal take on the significance of Waitangi Day, we recognise two smoke-free champions, and the marking of World Cancer Day coincides with an honour for Christchurch Hospital Medical Oncologist and University of Otago Professor, Bridget Robinson.

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We remain focused on preparing the health system, our people and our community for Omicron. Getting vaccination boosters, maintaining basic distancing, masking and scanning in on the tracer app everywhere we go, are key to minimising the impact and slowing the spread of the Omicron variant.

Also, in this edition, a local research team is recognised for their work on stroke treatment. A new group of Māori and Pasifika rangatahi join the ranks at Canterbury DHB, we mark Lunar New Year and the Year of the Tiger and share the inspirational story of a young man and his ongoing recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

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With the whole country now in traffic light setting RED and Omicron emerging in the community, our focus remains on boosters and being prepared to isolate at home if necessary. Peter shares some insight into how Omicron may look in Canterbury and celebrates our strong vaccination campaign as we reach one million doses given.

Also, in this edition, Canterbury DHB’s ‘2 metre Peter’ campaign is headed for the London Science Museum, and we call out to staff (past and present), parents and those born in Lincoln Maternity to share their memories as we ready to bid the unit farewell. We provide information on preparing your household for Omicron and take a fresh look at New Year resolutions. 

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Health Warning – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Health Warning – Unsafe Recreational Water Quality in Waikirikiri (Selwyn River) at Glentunnel                               

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after high levels of faecal bacteria were found in consecutive samples taken from in Waikirikiri (Selwyn River) at Glentunnel.

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

“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 health effects from exposure to faecal bacteria,” Dr Brunton says.

Eating shellfish from these sites should be avoided.  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 the 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. 

The public is reminded that there is also a warning in place for potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) at the Waikirikiri (Selwyn River) at Glentunnel.

The sites where water quality is affected are listed on and Land, Air Water Aotearoa website.

Monitoring of the site will continue weekly and the public will be advised when the site is safe for recreational use.

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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 – Potentially toxic algal bloom in Wainono Lagoon

Health Warning removed for Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its health warning for Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain.                                

The latest water testing results show faecal bacteria levels in the Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain are now below guideline values and the health warning issued on 22 December 2021 has been removed with the water in Te Roto o Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) at Lakeside Domain suitable for recreational use.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says, “rainfall in the area in the last week was the likely cause of the high levels of faecal bacteria.”

However, there are still low levels of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) that were found in Lake Ellesmere in early December.

“While it is great news that faecal bacteria have dropped to below levels of health concern, we still advise caution for recreational users because of the presence of potentially toxic algae,” 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

 

ENDS

In this edition of the CEO Update

In the last CEO Update of 2021, Peter reflects on the past year – a rollercoaster of highs and lows, challenges and changes. A success story for 2021 has certainly been our vaccination rates, with 94 percent of eligible Cantabrians fully vaccinated as we head into Christmas.

Also, in this bumper edition, a new primary birthing unit is confirmed for central Christchurch, and a campaign launches to recruit Māori and Pasifika rangatahi into the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs. Waipapa staff, visitors and patients enjoy traditional carols from the students of Cathedral Grammar and kaimahi from across Canterbury DHB share their Christmas photos.

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While Canterbury is well prepared to have visitors from RED areas of New Zealand when boundaries open later this week, we are still encouraged to plan for the possibility of catching COVID-19, whether we are travelling or staying home over the holidays. We marked the second anniversary of the Whakaari/White Island tragedy this week, and Christmas elves from ‘One Mother to Another’ delivered hundreds of care packages to Christchurch Hospital.

Also, in this edition, the Smokefree Action Plan is announced, the Department of Infectious Diseases reveals a new name and we pay tribute to a much-loved spinal physician.

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The countdown to Christmas is on. For many, that means entering a period when we have a lot on our plate – literally and figuratively! Last Friday, we celebrated Canterbury achieving the 90 percent vaccinated target for our eligible population, and as of today, we have reached 91 percent.

Also, this week, we look at what we need to do to prepare for the time that we, or someone in our household, contracts COVID-19. We discover how robots assist our teams in Canterbury Health Laboratories; mark the first bulk delivery of Cuddle Hearts to NICU, and celebrate 100 years of the School Dental Service.

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This week we are preparing for more changes including the introduction of the COVID-19 Protection Framework and the new Traffic Light System. Vaccine passes will become a requirement for entry to many events and locations across the country this week.  The COVID-19 Community Hub and Care in the Community teams are gearing up to manage the needs of people who will self-isolate at home if diagnosed with COVID-19, and our seventh Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility will open here in Christchurch

Also, in this edition, we share the heart-warming Cuddle Hearts initiative and call for crafty Cantabs who enjoy sewing to help out. We mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities and introduce a comprehensive new Canterbury DHB breastfeeding policy.

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A diverse group of leaders gathered in Christchurch last week to brainstorm ideas and actions to improve the way we work in our health system. ‘My Vaccine Pass’ launched, and the Prime Minister visited to meet with some of our vaccination teams and thank them for their efforts.

Also, in this edition, our Canterbury Pasifika community has reached an important vaccination milestone. Our new Parkside Ground Medical site is blessed, and we look at some common issues facing mask wearers.

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COVID-19 vaccinations dominate again this week. Peter shares a video produced by some of our senior leaders to help address common questions and concerns about the vaccine, along with additional resources for those who remain uncertain.  There is a vaccination clinic operating until 11pm in Christchurch Hospital for any health staff who wish to meet the Health Order deadline. Our West Coast whānau impress with their ‘C’mon Coasters’ campaign featuring some local legends.

Also, in this edition, we hear from a woman who overcame her concerns to be vaccinated. We mark International Pathology Day, Patient Safety Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and Transgender Awareness Week.

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Peter offers special thanks to everyone who coordinated or supported our response to the recent COVID-19 community cases. We have also seen our vaccination figures grow, with 93 percent of eligible Cantabrians receiving one dose and 78 percent both. There’s a reminder of the confidential information and support available to health staff still concerned about getting vaccinated.

Also, in this edition, we check progress on the new facilities under construction on the Hillmorton Hospital campus. We see how we’re tracking with hand hygiene and meet our 2021 Healthcare Challenge teams.

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The DHB’s plans to respond to a resurgence of COVID-19 were put to the test last week when the first community cases since 2020 appeared in Christchurch. The coordination of our response is managed by a tremendous ‘village’ of people, and we are truly grateful for all of their hard work. This week Peter is thrilled to share that Canterbury has reached 91 percent first vaccination doses and 74 percent second doses (up from 67 percent last week).

Also, in this edition, we observe Medication Safety Week, Pressure Injury Prevention Month and White Ribbon Day. You can also read about the heavenly name bestowed upon the Maternity suite in the Selwyn Health Hub, opening in early 2022.

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New Zealand’s highest altitude vaccination clinic was held in Arthur’s Pass last week as Canterbury inches ever closer to our 90 percent first doses target. Peter enjoys a visit to the Sterile Services Unit and acknowledges the success of one year of the National Bowel Screening Programme.

Also, in this edition, we’re excited about two new (temporary) endoscopy procedure rooms at Christchurch Hospital, our Gastroenterology Day Unit goes pink for a day to support breast cancer awareness and we farewell a dedicated nurse after a career spanning almost 50 years.

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A spectacularly successful Super Saturday saw more than 17,000 Cantabrians roll up their sleeves and our region provide more vaccinations than any other. Plenty of vaccination clinics along with access to experts to answer questions, free kai, drinks, giveaways, entertainment and prizes, helped draw out record numbers of people. Peter also acknowledges the tireless vaccination teams and volunteers as well as the generous donors who provided the prizes, kai and drinks.

Also in this edition, Peter observes a TAVI heart procedure and we recognise our incredible Allied Health professionals. We mark the beginning of Cyber Smart Week, call out for volunteers for the Kōwhai Programme and learn about an initiative developed here in Canterbury to help better inform about dermatitis medications.

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16 October is ‘Super Saturday’ across Aotearoa with the goal of vaccinating 100,000 Kiwis. Creative initiatives such as free kai, drive-through jabs with no appointment and workplace vaccinations have proven successful in Canterbury this week, and we hope Super Saturday (and Sunday) will draw even more people out to be vaccinated.

Also, in this edition, we prepare for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act in November. We welcome a new app to help identify and monitor underweight babies in utero and share a feel-good story about people coming together to help a West Coaster manage his dialysis a little closer to home.

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