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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.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a holistic approach to the care of people with progressive incurable disease, that aims to prevent and relieve suffering. It can benefit anyone with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and is centred around achieving the best possible quality of life for that person.

Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services incorporates the Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Service (caring for people in the community throughout Canterbury and the West Coast as well as within the Hospice) and the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Service (providing support and advice to people who are admitted to Hospital).

It comprises a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that works closely with your GP or usual healthcare provider.

For general information about palliative care in Canterbury, see

For information about the Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Team, see

For information about the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Team or to access the Hospital Palliative Care Service Guidelines, see

Page last updated: 27 October 2018

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