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 other 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 are able to 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, WhatApp 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 other than a parent or caregiver 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

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 28 November 2022

In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

This week, we have two opportunities to provide feedback. Firstly through consultation on the proposed changes to financial delegations at Te Whatu Ora and secondly, through the initial Ngātahitanga Pulse Survey, which launches on Wednesday, 30 November.

Also, in this edition, we meet the interesting and inspirational man responsible for the gardens across the Christchurch campus and farewell a highly respected nurse after a 57-year career. Preparations for Christmas have begun with a call-out for your Christmas decoration photos and some opportunities to give back this holiday season.

Do you know how many successful moon landing missions there were or how much ice cream is eaten per capita in New Zealand each year? Then try today's quiz!

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Thanks to everyone who supported the Emergency Department over the weekend and our community for taking the ‘ED is for emergencies' message on board.

This week sees some changes to the eligibility criteria for the second COVID-19 booster. We look at having a personal spring clean and recognise Men's Health Awareness Month (Movember).

Also, in this edition, Te Whatu Ora farewells a much-respected Obstetrics Hospital Aide after a 48-year career and two clinical laboratory staff receive major professional honours. This week's te reo Māori lesson covers te reo hāpai, or ‘the language of enrichment', useful in the addiction, mental health and disability sectors.

For something a little different, there's a banana bread recipe and this week's quiz tests your knowledge of the world – geography, food, landmarks and more.

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With Christmas a little over a month away, it's time for those who are able, to think about and start planning annual leave. We will be undertaking three short, sharp Ngātahitanga Pulse Surveys in the coming months. Ngātahitanga describes the values and principles that foster a ‘team of teams’ culture, and the surveys will provide real-time understanding of employee engagement.

We celebrate some of our sporting kaimahi (staff) this week with the race-winning Te Whatu Ora Waitaha waka ama (outrigger canoe) team and a past Project SEARCH intern qualifying to represent New Zealand in swimming. There's recognition for an award-winning Charge Sonographer and gratitude for an Enrolled Nurse and student who has been assisting with extra shifts in Christchurch Hospital.

Yesterday was the beginning of Transgender Awareness Week, Aotearoa Patient Safety Day is on Thursday, and Friday marks the beginning of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. If you're following our weekly te reo Māori akoranga (lesson), this week is good for the clinicians as it's all about body parts.

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Te Whatu Ora employees can have their say on some proposed reporting lines, with consultation open until 24 November. We have teams recognised recently for various achievements and awards, including our Paediatric Diabetes Clinical team and the Christchurch Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia.

Also, in this edition, we learn about the Talking Café, a new initiative to help address adverse health outcomes caused by social isolation and loneliness. Comfort boxes, with contents that help provide holistic care to people at the end of their lives, are now available at Christchurch and Ashburton Hospitals.

November is busy with International Pathology Day, Aotearoa Patient Safety Day and World Diabetes Month, and this week's quiz is one for the vexillophiles.

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Te Pae Tata (our opportunity) – the interim New Zealand Health Plan was launched last week and highlights the five key focuses for Te Whatu Ora over the next two years.

We end Breast Cancer Awareness Month with images from yesterday's Pink Ribbon Walk, and our colleagues at ScreenSouth share their fabulous ‘art your bra' competition. Last Thursday, our Occupational Therapy team celebrated Occupational Therapy Week with the inaugural and highly competitive rubber ducky race on the Avon River. Students from Shirley Boys' High School visited The Princess Margaret Hospital with a generous donation for the Child, Adolescent and Family Service to purchase new activity resources.

Because it's Halloween, this week's quiz tests your knowledge of the spooky and creepy.

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With new daily COVID-19 cases still ticking up, the public health requirements to isolate for seven days if positive and wear masks in healthcare settings will remain until further notice. 

Also, in this edition, we recognise some of our COVID-19 vaccinators and celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. The new Blood Bank in Parkside West has had its official opening ceremony ahead of the first day of operation tomorrow (26 October). The Fracture Liaison Service team marked World Osteoporosis Day last week, and you can read more about their work to prevent and treat issues associated with bone health.

It's Tokelau Language Week and you can test your knowledge of iconic New Zealand attractions.

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Peter shares the priorities of Te Pae Tata – the interim New Zealand Health Plan and the focuses that will help drive improved outcomes and reduce inequities in health.

Also, in this edition, the Christchurch Hospital helipad hosted some cute little choppers last week, and the extraordinary people who make up our Allied Health Professionals are celebrated and acknowledged. There's an opportunity for our staff to better protect their bicycles by registering them with 529 Garage, plus we share the most recent Te Huarahi Hou update with the latest on the construction and moving of facilities from The Princess Margaret Hospital to the Hillmorton campus.

This week's quiz tests your knowledge of New Zealand native birds, and we have another group of cute staff pets.

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This week we acknowledge the seasonal pressures that are still impacting our services, including our ability to provide planned surgical care. Congratulations are in order for several new Te Whatu Ora appointments, including a couple of our own from Waitaha Canterbury.

Also, in this edition, the beautiful Christchurch Hospital Chapel reopens after a more than 12-month renovation. There are some important reminders and new lessons for us this Cyber Smart Week, and we look at a trial providing a valuable link between Christchurch and Burwood hospitals in their care of older people.

There are some adorable new kaimahi (staff) pets to meet, and this week's quiz tests what you know about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

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As we endure some changeable spring weather this week, our Emergency Department and urgent care centres are still experiencing high demand. Respiratory illnesses continue to affect the community and our staff, so it is positive that there is a national focus on recruiting people to our health workforce.

Also, in this edition, springtime means more people getting their hands dirty in the garden and, with that, a heightened risk of contracting Legionnaire's disease. We share some essential precautions every gardener should take to protect themselves. Some of our staff marked World Car-Free Day last week by going ‘car-lite' and finding alternative modes of transportation for their commute to work.

There's a story about 25 Māori Waitaha (Canterbury) and Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast) staff who have started a seven-month leadership programme, and the Te Reo lesson this week focuses on poroporoaki, or farewells.

This week's quiz tests your knowledge of 90s music and we meet some more Te Whatu Ora pets.

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After the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we remember her first visit to Christchurch Hospital back in 1954. Today a one-off public holiday was announced to mark the New Zealand national memorial service on Monday 26 September and we will bid farewell to the COVID-19 traffic light system from midnight tonight. We review the new mask, isolation and vaccine mandate policies advised today.

Also, in this edition, we celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) and the opening of the new Children’s Emergency Care area in the Christchurch Emergency Department. Read about the new eHandover tool streamlining patient movement between wards, departments and hospitals. We also meet the new owner of the Burwood Hospital hair salon and launch a new regular segment: ‘Meet my pet’, allowing you to introduce and show off your pets.

This week’s quiz asks ‘Politician or comedian?’ – can you attribute the quotes correctly?

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This past week, Abbe Anderson was appointed the permanent National Commissioner for Te Whatu Ora. Christchurch's new youth mental health outpatient facility was gifted the name Kahurangi, meaning “blue skies” at a Māia Foundation fundraising event.

Also, in this edition, we welcome 19 kaiāwhina (support workers) to Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury. Their support of health professionals improves the patients' experience too. To mark Tongan Language Week, we hear from Vyvienne Kyle, who talks about celebrating ‘anga fakatonga' (the Tongan way of life). You can now go online to shop a wide range of products in the Christchurch Hospital Volunteers Gift Shop.

This week's quiz is about Kiwis celebrities who have equally famous whānau.

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The popular Thank-a-thon has been extended with nominations now open until 11 September. There's a long-awaited update on the construction of the new facilities on the Hillmorton campus, and Te Whatu Ora staff are encouraged to participate in a collective waiata to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

Also, in this edition, we explore the work of the Manawa Simulation Centre and its valuable contribution to staff training and development. We celebrate some of our Christchurch Hospital volunteers who were recently presented with community service awards and meet an experienced nurse who is now a full-time lecturer for the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing at Ara.

This week's quiz is for animal lovers – it's on cats and dogs.

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This week, we are happy to share that COVID-19 case numbers continue to fall. Health Minister Hon Andrew Little paid a visit to Christchurch Hospital last week. In addition to meeting with several staff, he was here to learn more about the award-winning Chest Pain Pathway, developed here in Waitaha.

Also, in this edition, we farewell a dedicated nurse after a career spanning more than 52 years and celebrate the success of a Te Reo Māori course for staff. We look at how people can stay in touch with loved ones in hospital when they can't visit in person, and this week's quiz tests your knowledge of human anatomy 101 – should be easy!

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This week, we have some good news, with COVID-19 numbers dropping to a six-month low and infant and toddler flu vaccination rates at the highest since the previous best in 2020. Chair of Te Whatu Ora Rob Campbell visited the Christchurch campus last week, and today we introduce a Thank-a-thon to recognise and reward our people who go above and beyond and deserve an extra thank you.

Also, in this edition, we look at two new initiatives making a difference to people who visit our Emergency Department – one for those who may have had a ‘mini-stroke' and the other for people who have atrial fibrillation. We have photos of the newly opened Community Dental Service in Toka Hāpai (Selwyn Health Hub) and a quiz that tests your memories of 1986.

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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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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:

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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 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.

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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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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.”

ENDS

 

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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