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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 and other maternity units. 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

Oromairaki Community Maternity Unit

Visitor restrictions effective from 19 April 2022 until further notice

Visitor access for Canterbury DHB health facilities will continue to be restricted to enable safe physical distancing.

For more details about what to do when visiting please see our COVID-19 page.

Oromairaki celebrates the call of Hine-te-iwaiwa, the sighs of motherhood and the cries of new life. Oro means to resound, echo and resonate. It is a sound, a rumble and a note in music. Mairaki is a contraction of mai i te raki – from the heavens.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga gifts the name Oromairaki to the Maternity Suite at the Selwyn Health Hub in recognition of the atua wahine Hine-te-iwaiwa and her role as the goddess of the weaving house and childbirth.

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

The carefully designed unit offers birthing and postnatal rooms designed to promote your relaxation and normal physiological birth.

Oromairaki reception    Oromairaki room

Partnering with the local community the unit is set on the first floor of the Selwyn Community hub which provides other primary health services including Pacific Radiology and is located just 50m from St John headquarters.

Oromairaki aligns to the Canterbury Maternity Strategy which is committed to supporting māmā and their whānau to create an environment that will enable their pēpi to have the best start to life, by providing community pregnancy support and birthing options that meet the needs of māmā and pēpi to receive care in the right place and at the right time.

Phone

Visiting hours

Please note that rest time for women is between 1pm to 3pm every day.

Location

Address
Oromairaki
Selwyn Health Hub / Toka Hapāi
3 Norman Kirk Drive
Rolleston

In an emergency

In a medical emergency, call 111 and ask for an ‘ambulance’.

For advice about evening time and non-emergency medical care in Canterbury see after-hours and urgent care advice.

Enquiries and feedback

We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Oromairaki.

Note: We cannot give medical advice by email. Please contact your doctor or the person in charge of your medical care.

Oromairaki facilities at a glance

Accessible

Disability car parking

Food & drink vending machines

Patient and visitor parking

Disabled & Visitor toilets

Page last updated: 13 June 2022

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