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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

CEO Update – Tuesday 24 March 2020

Tuesday 24 March 2020CEO Update1 minute to read

In this edition of the CEO Update…

CEO David Meates provides an update on how the Canterbury Health System is responding to the national alert levels and working to protect our patients and our staff. With Alert Level 4 coming into effect from midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday 25 March), all non-urgent surgery and most outpatient appointments have been postponed from today until further notice, and we are significantly reducing the number of visitors coming in to hospitals. He also explains the roles of the various levels of emergency response across the Canterbury Health System.

This issue also looks at the Paediatric Diabetes Service's new option for web-based appointments; shares the kindness of colleagues in helping a fellow team member celebrate her graduation; promotes the work of Te Ha Waitaha Stop Smoking practitioners on the Chatham Islands; and much more.

You can read the Canterbury DHB CEO Update in two different formats:

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