COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

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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