VISITING HOSPITAL

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

Last updated:
13 March 2023

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.

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 to 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

Women's health and maternity

Women’s health and maternity services can be found on this page.

13 health services.

Ashburton Community Maternity Unit

Ashburton Maternity Unit is located approximately one hour’s drive from south of Christchurch and provides primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services.

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Birth Afterthoughts Clinic

The Birth Afterthoughts Clinic is a listening and debriefing service available for anyone who has given birth to their baby in a Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury maternity facility.

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Christchurch Women’s Hospital Maternity Services

Maternity services are located at Christchurch Women's Hospital, a seven-level hospital next to Christchurch Hospital in the central city.

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Gynaecologic Oncology

The Gynaecologic Oncology service is based at Christchurch Women's Hospital. Women with all types and stages of gynaecologic cancer are referred to the service for investigation and treatment.

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Gynaecology

Gynaecology Services provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient treatment for women in the Canterbury region and tertiary services for the South Island.​

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Human Milkbank

Christchurch Women's Hospital's Neonatal Unit (NICU) opened New Zealand's first Human Pasteurised​ Donor Milk Bank in 2014. The Human Milk Bank is next to the Neonatal Unit on the 4th Floor, Christchurch Women's Hospital​.

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Kaikoura Community Maternity Unit

Kaikōura Health (Te Hā o Te Ora) is located approximately two hours’ drive North of Christchurch and provides primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services.

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Neonatal Service

The Canterbury Neonatal Service provides special and intensive care for all babies born in the wider Canterbury region. This region extends to Timaru in the South, Greymouth in the West and Kaikoura in the North.

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Nutrition Service

The Nutrition Service is staffed by NZ Registered Dietitians and is available for women using Maternity and Gynaecology Services​.

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Oromairaki Community Maternity Unit

Oromairaki is a contemporary new birthing facility in Selwyn Community, located within the Selwyn Health Hub - Toka Hapāi.

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Rangiora Community Maternity Unit

Rangiora community maternity unit is located within the Rangiora Health Hub and is located approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Christchurch and provides primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services.

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St George’s Maternity Centre

St George's Maternity Centre has closed, effective 30th June 2023. 

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Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust

Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi Trust provide Tamariki Ora / Well Child, Whānau Support, Parenting Support and other health services.

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