VISITING HOSPITAL

Hospital visitors must wear a medical paper face mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable. Expand this message for more detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines.

Last updated:
16 September 2022

 

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.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Friday 16 September 2022

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 people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other 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 must 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 surgical 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 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 are able to 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, WhatApp 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 must wear a medical mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors other than a parent or caregiver 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

Advice for shellfish gathering sites in Canterbury

Tuesday 25 February 2020Media release2 minutes to read

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED PAGE. The advice and information contained in this page may not be current and it should only be used for historical reference purposes.

Monitoring has shown water quality in some areas overlying shellfish does not meet the standards for safe shellfish consumption at some sites

Environment Canterbury monitors microbial water quality at coastal sites on a weekly basis over summer (November to March) to determine from where shellfish are safe to eat. This monitoring has highlighted that water quality overlying shellfish does not meet the standards for safe shellfish consumption at some sites.

Sites where shellfish are not safe to eat are:

  • Woodend Beach;
  • Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai at South Spit, Sandy Point, Beachville Road Jetty, and Shag Rock;
  • Scarborough Beach;
  • Rapaki Bay;
  • Okains Bay Estuary; and
  • Wainui Beach.

These sites should have signage indicating shellfish are unsafe to eat.

Shellfish filter the overlying water to get their food. When filtering the water, they can also take in bacteria, protozoa and viruses that accumulate in their flesh. These micro-organisms can make people who eat the shellfish sick. To determine if the shellfish are suitable for human consumption, the concentration of the faecal coliforms (i.e. a type of bacteria) in the water overlying shellfish is compared with the Ministry for the Environment/Ministry of Health (2003) guideline values.

People should not gather and eat shellfish (either raw or cooked) from those sites listed as unsafe.

After heavy rainfall it is also not advisable to gather and eat shellfish from sites that are listed as safe due to the increased risk of increased bacterial contamination of the shellfish.

Sites where shellfish are currently safe to eat are:

  • Mangamānu; and
  • Spencerville Beach

You can check out www.cph.co.nz to see the most up to date information about monitored sites and where it is safe to eat shellfish

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