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No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Community Health Information Centres (CHIC)

The Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) provides free health resources within Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.

Resources includes pamphlets and posters from the Ministry of Health, Community and Public Health and other organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation. You can order resources by contacting your local CHIC.

You can also order resources online on the Community and Public Health website.


Community and Public Health (Christchurch)
Phone: 03 378 6721
Fax: 03 379 6125

Community and Public Health (Ashburton)
Phone: 03 307 6902
Fax: 03 307 8081

Community and Public Health (Timaru)
Phone: 03 687 2600
Fax: 03 688 6091

Community and Public Health (Greymouth)
Phone: 03 768 1160
Fax: 03 768 1169

Page last updated: 21 December 2018

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