All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023


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.

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 we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  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 are recommended 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 face 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 face 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 can 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, WhatsApp 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 are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors 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

Respiratory Services

The Respiratory Department provides specialist care for a wide range of respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnoea and many other conditions. We provide specialist outpatient clinics, lung function and sleep tests, as well as inpatient care when needed. We are part of the Canterbury Clinical Network and work together with community providers to support people with respiratory illness.

To contact a specific area of Respiratory Services, call 03 364 0640​ and ask for the area you need or look for it under ​​​Christchurch Hospital Wards and Departments.​

Clinical Director
Dr Greg Frazer

Senior Medical Staff​
Dr Lutz Beckert
Dr Michael Epton
Dr Michael Hlavac
Dr Richard Laing
Dr Christina McLachlan
Dr Bronwen Rhodes
Dr Rachel Wiseman
Dr Teurai Chikura
Dr Michael Maze
Dr Adrienne Edwards

Ward 25​
Pip Crowther (Charge Nurse Manager)

Ward 25 is situated on the second floor of the Riverside block, Christchurch Hospital, and provides inpatient care for people with respiratory and/or other medical conditions. Ward 25 has 27 inpatient beds including 5 single rooms.

Ward 25 offers an environment which supports learning and professional development and has links with ARA, Otago University, and the Christchurch School of Medicine

The ward is also established as a Dedicated Education Unit, which provides an alternative model of teaching for nursing students on clinical placement.

Inpatient services staff

Charge Nurse Manager​, Pip Crowther​
Ward Clerk, Gaye Hamilton​

Sleep Health Services at Christchurch Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for people with sleep disordered breathing and other sleep related conditions. Sleep Health Services has strong community links with general practices who can provide screening for some conditions.


Phone: 03 364 1089

A team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Maori Health workers and others, provide expert care (both inpatient & outpatient) to people with a wide range of respiratory and cardiac conditions.

These include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Heart failure/PAH
  • Infectious diseases

The team can also see people who need:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • TB supervised treatment/directly observed therapy (DOT)
  • Maori Health Support in conjunction with a CNS
  • Help with newly-received respiratory equipment, e.g. patients who are discharged from hospital with home oxygen.

The team's hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. Contact details for CRISS are available on Christchurch Hospital Wards and Departments.​


The respiratory lab offers a comprehensive range of respiratory function tests, and is accredited by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

Location: The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory is situated on the 4th floor of the Riverside building at Christchurch Hospital.

Hours: 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Page last updated: 25 November 2022

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