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

Appointment of Chief Executive, Canterbury and West Coast DHBs

Wednesday 23 December 2020Media release4 minutes to read

A message from Board Chair, Sir John Hansen

Appointment of Chief Executive, Canterbury and West Coast DHBs

I am very pleased to announce that following a global recruitment search, Dr Peter Bramley has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Canterbury and West Coast DHBs.

Peter is currently Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Health. He started at Nelson Marlborough in 2010 as Service Director Medical and Surgical Services. In 2013, he became General Manager Clinical Services and in August 2016 became Acting Chief Executive and was appointed permanent Chief Executive in 2017. He’s very familiar with Canterbury and West Coast DHBs as he was appointed Acting Chief Executive earlier this year and was in the role during August, September and early October.

Board chair, Sir John Hansen said through his various roles in health and management Peter has managed a wide range of challenging scenarios and has a proven track record in bringing about large-scale transformation.

“His reputation is as a people person, who can support and enable others to achieve great things,” Sir John said. “During his time with us as Acting Chief Executive he proved his relationship management skills and worked positively with all stakeholders from throughout the heath system. He has strong networks and familiarity with the sector. There will be opportunity for Peter to meet with current Acting CEO, Andrew Brant as required during January to ensure a smooth transition.  

“The added bonus for us, is that Peter has already had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Canterbury and West Coast health systems and meet many of our people. When he arrives in February he will be able to hit the deck running, as we have a big work programme. 

“Importantly, Peter is aware of our financial situation and knows there are plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead,” Sir John Hansen said. 

Peter Bramley said he’s looking forward to moving to Canterbury and starting the new role. “I enjoyed my time in Canterbury and on the Coast and know I’m going to be responsible for two very different DHBs – both have a wealth of talent, and both have complex, but different challenges. With fantastic teams to work with on both sides of the alps, I know we can achieve great things.”

“After a period of transition, I’m looking forward to being able to provide some stability and leadership to the teams. We have significant work to do, and I am looking forward to working with staff and the Boards to improve the health of the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs’ communities.

Peter’s first day with Canterbury and West Coast DHBs will be on Monday 15 February 2021.

Ngā mihi nui

Sir John Hansen KNZM,
Chairman,
Canterbury District Health Board

Dr Peter BramleyDr Peter Bramley – Brief Bio

Peter has extensive management experience and an interesting career path. His academic career began at the University of Otago where he gained a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and physiology. He worked for the Wellcome Medical Research Institute in Dunedin and at the same time completed a PhD in Medicine.  Dr Bramley lectured in biochemistry, first in Dunedin and then at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. 

Between 1999 and 2007 Peter held various senior management roles with the accounting software company, MYOB New Zealand Ltd.  In 2008 he stepped back into health as Service Manager of Surgical Services at Southland Hospital in Invercargill. 

At the end of 2010, Peter moved to Nelson and joined the Nelson Marlborough Health Executive Leadership Team as Service Director Medical and Surgical Services.  In 2013 Peter became General Manager Clinical Services and in August 2016 stepped into the role as Acting CE.  Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) since April 2017.

Peter is an energetic and passionate people manager, with a strong focus on the importance of accessing healthcare close to home and growing a compassionate workforce in the health sector. 

 

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