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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.


The Rheumatology and Immunology Service provides inpatient, outpatient, day patient and inter-hospital consultative services for patients with rheumatic disease, primary immunodeficiency and serious allergy. 

Two Rheumatologists, a Rheumatology Registrar and one Clinical Immunologist run the clinical service.

The Clinical Immunologist also has commitments to the Immunology Laboratory, Canterbury Health Laboratories.

The Registrar position is accredited for rheumatology advanced training. The service has also been accredited for joint physician an​d pathology training in clinical immunology  Clinical research and student teaching is encouraged.


Immunology Department, Christchurch Hospital
Phone: 03 364 0950

Page last updated: 22 October 2018

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