VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 2022

 

Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other visitors safe.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 are able to 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, WhatApp 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 must wear a medical mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver 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

Menemene Mai (Smile)

Welcome to Menemene Mai (Smile) the Early childhood oral health toolkit for kaiako in Waitaha Canterbury. Here you'll find activity sheets, strategies, information about tools, key messages, brochures and posters to assist you in your inquiry process.

Activities for Tamariki

My teeth
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My Teeth

Kaiako provide activities and resources in response to children’s curiosity about their teeth.

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ata
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Mirror Mirror

Tamariki use a mirror to check their teeth and smiles. Kaiako talk with tamariki about how to keep their smiles bright.

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Animal teeth
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Animal teeth

Tamariki discover that animals like cats' and dogs' teeth come in different shapes and sizes.

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Menemene Mai
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Menemene Mai

Children discover how to look after their teeth and how they can keep their smiles bright.

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Egg Inquiry
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Egg Inquiry

Tamariki discover the difference tooth-friendly drinks and sugar-sweetened drinks have on eggs.

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Join the dots
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Join the dots

Take home activity for children to complete at home with a whānau member. Join the dots to create a tooth. Home activity also available in Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Tongan.

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Bingo and Memory
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Bingo and Memory

Games to strengthen oral health language and memory.

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Send a smile
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Send a Smile

Tamariki draw a smile to take home to a whānau member. Home activity also available in Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Tongan.

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Tooth brushing charts
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Tooth Brushing Chart

Tamariki learn to brush their teeth twice a day and to brush teeth with whānau.

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Super Brushing Zone
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Super Brushing Zone

Children colour a bathroom door hanger. Hangers can be taken home to place on bathroom doors. Door hanger also available in Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Tongan.

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Sing Waiata
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Sing Waiata

Children sing songs together. Featuring new teeth themed lyrics alongside well-known tunes.

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Tooth-friendly drinks
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Tooth-Friendly Drinks

Tamariki discover how much sugar is in various drinks by counting out teaspoons of sugar.

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Tooth-friendly kai
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Tooth-Friendly Kai

Tamariki read a book together and talk about eating well (eating ‘kapai kai’) 

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Read a book together
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Read a Book Together

Tamariki read books (with kaiako) to discover how to keep our lovely smiles.

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Activities for Kaiako

Getting to know the Community Dental Service
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Getting to know the Community Dental Service (CDS)

Become familiar with how the Community Dental Service works. Staff may support whānau who have questions about their child’s dental care. Poster also available in Māori, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Tongan.

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Developing oral health guidelines policy
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Developing Oral Health Guidelines/Policy

Staff and whānau work together to develop Oral Health Guidelines/Policy.

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Page last updated: 7 September 2022

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