ORANGE

Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We 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.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens Hospital. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments, no children are allowed to visit.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

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: 16 September 2021

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