ORANGE

Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info about vaccinations.

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

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

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

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, 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 (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides 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 – 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 support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens 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 children are allowed to visit.
  • 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, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • 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.

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.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

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

More COVID-19 information

Health news

Read the latest Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) health news, media releases, and current health alerts for the Canterbury region. Our flagship news publications CEO Update and WellNow Canterbury magazine are available to read online.​ The Canterbury DHB Communications team are also available to assist with any enquiries from media.

905 news items.

Media release

Burwood public open day: Sunday May 29, from 10am to 2pm

Tuesday 24 May 2016Quick Read

​After extensive consumer consultation, planning, designing and construction, the Burwood Hospital's new 230-bed... read more about Burwood public open day: Sunday May 29, from 10am to 2pm»

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CEO Update – Monday 23 May 2016

Monday 23 May 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates urges us to not be complacent about influenza. It’s going to be here soon... read more about CEO Update – Monday 23 May 2016»

Media release

Good hand hygiene is no laughing matter

Friday 20 May 2016Quick Read

Canterbury District Health Board is working with the Clown Doctors to emphasise the importance of having clean hands to... read more about Good hand hygiene is no laughing matter»

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CEO Update – Monday 16 May 2016

Monday 16 May 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about the changes at The Princess Margaret Hospital. David congratulates... read more about CEO Update – Monday 16 May 2016»

Media release

Talking health – but are we speaking your language?

Monday 9 May 2016Quick Read

The Canterbury Health System is keen to hear community views on how it can improve communication and create better... read more about Talking health – but are we speaking your language?»

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CEO Update – Monday 9 May 2016

Monday 9 May 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about how in under a month, up to 140 patients from the Older Persons’... read more about CEO Update – Monday 9 May 2016»

Media release

The new Akaroa Integrated Health Facility is one step closer

Tuesday 3 May 2016Quick Read

​Canterbury DHB is pleased to announce it is tendering for the design of the new Integrated Health Facility in... read more about The new Akaroa Integrated Health Facility is one step closer»

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Immunisation Week targets immunisation during pregnancy

Monday 2 May 2016Quick Read

Canterbury is celebrating Immunisation Week on May 2-8 along with the rest of New Zealand with the theme of... read more about Immunisation Week targets immunisation during pregnancy»

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CEO Update – Monday 2 May 2016

Monday 2 May 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates ask what are you doing to look after yourself? We all need to be taking care... read more about CEO Update – Monday 2 May 2016»

Canterbury DHB News

CEO Update – Tuesday 26 April 2016

Tuesday 26 April 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about the media focus on suicide and what is happening in Canterbury.... read more about CEO Update – Tuesday 26 April 2016»

Media release

Health warning at Pegasus Lake lifted

Tuesday 19 April 2016Quick Read

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health... read more about Health warning at Pegasus Lake lifted»

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CEO Update – Monday 18 April 2016

Monday 18 April 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about the official opening of Kaikoura Health Te Hā o Te Ora, which was... read more about CEO Update – Monday 18 April 2016»

Canterbury DHB News

New Kaikoura health centre opens – a community effort

Friday 15 April 2016Quick Read

Kaikoura Health Te Hā o Te Ora was officially opened this afternoon by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr Jonathan... read more about New Kaikoura health centre opens – a community effort»

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CEO Update – Monday 11 April 2016

Monday 11 April 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about the new Health and Safety legislation and gives a big push to... read more about CEO Update – Monday 11 April 2016»

Media release

Work underway to get Burwood Birthing Unit open

Friday 8 April 2016Quick Read

Work is underway for the temporary reopening of Burwood Birthing Unit. Canterbury DHB closed the unit, after staff and... read more about Work underway to get Burwood Birthing Unit open»

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Burwood Birthing Unit to temporarily reopen

Tuesday 5 April 2016Quick Read

Canterbury DHB will temporarily reopen the Burwood Birthing Unit. The announcement was made at a meeting this week with... read more about Burwood Birthing Unit to temporarily reopen»

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CEO Update – Monday 4 April 2016

Monday 4 April 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates encourages us to get behind the April Falls Prevention campaign, whether... read more about CEO Update – Monday 4 April 2016»

Canterbury DHB News

CEO Update – Tuesday 29 March 2016

Tuesday 29 March 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates encourages us to look after ourselves, so we’re better able to look after... read more about CEO Update – Tuesday 29 March 2016»

Media release

Celebrating the South Island’s one millionth electronic referral

Wednesday 23 March 2016Quick Read

With a click of the mouse and an ‘accepted' message, the one millionth successful electronic request for... read more about Celebrating the South Island’s one millionth electronic referral»

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Canterbury DHB pleased increased mental health need recognised

Monday 21 March 2016Quick Read

Canterbury DHB chair, Murray Cleverley, is pleased with today’s announcement by the Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan... read more about Canterbury DHB pleased increased mental health need recognised»

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CEO Update – Monday 21 March 2016

Monday 21 March 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates urges us to protect ourselves, our whānau, our patients and our community... read more about CEO Update – Monday 21 March 2016»

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CEO Update – Monday 14 March 2016

Monday 14 March 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about Canterbury’s Sexual Health Centre’s new home, which was... read more about CEO Update – Monday 14 March 2016»

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CEO Update – Monday 7 March 2016

Monday 7 March 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates acknowledges the enormous contribution that Dr Nigel Millar, Chief Medical... read more about CEO Update – Monday 7 March 2016»

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CEO Update – Monday 29 February 2016

Monday 29 February 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates talks about how he was humbled and proud to be part of last week’s People in... read more about CEO Update – Monday 29 February 2016»

Media release

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Lake Pegasus

Wednesday 24 February 2016Quick Read

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after... read more about Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Lake Pegasus»

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Post-quakes pressures on Canterbury continue to shake the health system

Tuesday 23 February 2016Quick Read

The latest national health target results show a Canterbury health system that is continuing to deliver for its... read more about Post-quakes pressures on Canterbury continue to shake the health system»

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CEO Update – Monday 22 February 2016

Monday 22 February 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates acknowledges the past and looks to the future. The majority of Cantabs who... read more about CEO Update – Monday 22 February 2016»

Media release

River of Flowers returns for quake anniversary

Thursday 18 February 2016Quick Read

Cantabrians are being invited to take part in the annual River of Flowers commemoration for the fifth anniversary of... read more about River of Flowers returns for quake anniversary»

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Canterbury DHB has not made a decision to cut services

Tuesday 16 February 2016Quick Read

​Canterbury District Health Board chair, Murray Cleverley says the Board has not made a decision to cut mental health... read more about Canterbury DHB has not made a decision to cut services»

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Canterbury Health System update, message from David Meates CEO

Tuesday 16 February 2016

The Canterbury Health System's seamless response to Sunday's magnitude 5.7 earthquake demonstrates another incredible... read more about Canterbury Health System update, message from David Meates CEO»

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CEO Update – Monday 15 February 2016

Monday 15 February 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates thanks all of you who had no other choice but to keep providing health... read more about CEO Update – Monday 15 February 2016»

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Post earthquake situation update from Canterbury DHB, 4.30pm Sunday 14 February 2016

Sunday 14 February 2016Quick Read

Following today's earthquakes, Canterbury District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates says people should check... read more about Post earthquake situation update from Canterbury DHB, 4.30pm Sunday 14 February 2016»

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Christchurch Hospital’s main entrance reopened with a temporary container entrance

Tuesday 9 February 2016Quick Read

Christchurch Hospital's main entrance is now open with entry via a temporary shipping container ‘tunnel' to allow... read more about Christchurch Hospital’s main entrance reopened with a temporary container entrance»

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CEO Update – Tuesday 9 February 2016

Tuesday 9 February 2016Quick Read

In this week’s CEO Update David Meates thanks the team who pulled out all the stops to install a new temporary... read more about CEO Update – Tuesday 9 February 2016»

Media release

Christchurch Hospital’s main entrance closed

Friday 5 February 2016Quick Read

​Christchurch Hospital's main entrance and drop-off zone is closed until further notice because of the potential risk... read more about Christchurch Hospital’s main entrance closed»

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Ready to ride – Go Bike Day

Thursday 4 February 2016Quick Read

It's time to dust off your old 10-speed, check your brakes, wipe the cobwebs off your helmet, and get ready for Go by... read more about Ready to ride – Go Bike Day»

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Dates announced for the first services to move to the Burwood Hospital Campus

Monday 1 February 2016Quick Read

The first of Canterbury's new Christchurch-based hospital facilities will be open and in use in just over four months.... read more about Dates announced for the first services to move to the Burwood Hospital Campus»

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Government gives green light to new Christchurch Outpatients

Monday 1 February 2016Quick Read

​​​​The Minister of Health, Hon. Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Finance, Hon. Bill English, have given the go... read more about Government gives green light to new Christchurch Outpatients»

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CEO Update – Monday 1 February 2016

Monday 1 February 2016Quick Read

​In this week’s CEO Update David Meates announces dates for the commissioning and moving into our new facilities at... read more about CEO Update – Monday 1 February 2016»

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CEO Update Monday 25 January 2016

Monday 25 January 2016Quick Read

In this week's CEO Update, David Meates provides some tips on easing back into work after the festive season,... read more about CEO Update Monday 25 January 2016»

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