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


Gynaecology Services provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient treatment for women in the Canterbury region and tertiary services for the South Island.​ 

Gynaecology services provides specialist care for:

Clinics include:


Ground floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital


Phone: 03 364 4440


Referral from General Practice (GP) is required.

  • Management of abnormal smear results
  • LLETZ treatments are done under local or general anaesthetic
  • Referral from GP or smear taker required.
  • 1-2 half day clinics are held per week, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm

Read more information on the Colposcopy section of this page


2nd floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital


Phone: 03 364 4466

Useful Links 

National Cervical Screening Programme

Cervical smear results- what women need to know

Cervical smear tests: what women need to know

Colposcopy: information for women who have abnormal smear results

Prevention of cervical cancer

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding.

  • Note: Referral from GP required. 
  • 1-2 half day clinics are held per week, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm


2nd floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital
Phone:  03 364 4466

  • Inpatient and outpatient management of acute gynaecological conditions
  • Early pregnancy assessment clinic


2nd Floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital


Phone: 03 364 4805

Admission by referral from GP, lead maternity carer (LMC), after hours service or Emergency Department


7.30am - 10.00pm, seven days a week.

Find more information on the Gynaecology​​ Assessment Unit section of this page


If you would like to know more about the following topics, please see to our partner website

Page last updated: 20 April 2023

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