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

Last updated:
13 March 2023

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

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

To keep everybody safe:

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

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

Visiting patients with COVID-19

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

All of our Hospitals

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

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

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

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

More COVID-19 information

Child Development Service

Entrance to the Child Development Service

Entrance to the Child Development Service based at Montreal House, 440 Montreal Street, Christchurch

At the Child Development Service, we see tamariki/ children with developmental needs and disabilities from birth through to their 16th birthday. We strive to work in partnership with parents, caregivers and whānau to support your child's development and allow your tamaiti and whānau to participate in life’s activities.

The Child Development Service team is an allied health team based at Montreal House in Christchurch and covers a wide geographical area from Kekerengu (north of Kaikoura) to the Rangitata River (south of Ashburton), inland to the Alps and includes the Chatham Islands. We see tamariki with a range of conditions such as; 

  • Child Development Service courtyard playground

    Child Development Service courtyard playground

    Cerebral Palsy,
  • Delayed development,
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
  • Trisomy 21 (down syndrome),
  • Neuromuscular disorders and syndromes with developmental delays.
  • We also see children under 12 months with a suspected or diagnosed Torticollis.

Our team provides assessment and intervention for this group of tamariki which may include:

  • parent information sessions
  • therapy support
  • post-operative therapy
  • Enable NZ (Whaikaha funding provider) applications for 
    • home equipment: including bathing/showering, walking frames, standing frames, beds/mattresses 
    • wheelchairs/seating and car seats, lying supports
    • housing modifications
  • hydrotherapy 
  • orthotics assessment 

The Child Development Service team at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury includes a range of allied health professionals who work with the tamariki and whānau accessing our service. Your tamaiti might receive support from one person in our team or several, depending on their needs. This could include support from:

  • Our Physiotherapists work collaboratively with tamarki and whānau to support motor development and participation in activities and improve quality of life.  

  • Our Occupational Therapists work with tamariki and whānau around the development of day-to-day life skills, fine motor skill development and provide sensory processing education and support.

  • Our Social Worker supports parents/ whānau / caregivers in meeting their own needs and challenges while caring for a child with developmental needs. 

  • Our Speech Language Therapist works with whānau to assess and support swallowing safety and skill. 

  • Our Dietitian role is to work with whānau to assess and provide interventions to support the nutritional needs of tamariki with enteral feeding needs, restrictive eating, or faltering growth.

  • Our Kaitautoko engages with Māori whānau referred to the Child Development Service.

  • Our Psychology team complete assessments for consideration of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disability diagnosis.

  • Our Allied Health Assistants/ Kaiāwhina, support our clinicians in their work with tamariki and whānau. This could include providing support with individual intervention plans for tamariki, providing group or 1:1 parent information session’s, supporting with running clinics, and supporting with the creation or development of resources for tamariki.

  • Administration Support Staff: Our administration team are often who whānau have first contact with. They support our team with arranging appointments for clinics we run, being a first port of call on our contact number and supporting our team with administration tasks. 

Page last updated: 7 November 2023

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