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

Aranui Neighbourhood Nurse recognised with leadership award

Friday 7 April 2017Media release2 minutes to read

Embracing the neighbourhood has earned a Canterbury nurse an award for emerging leadership.

Hannah Laughton – a registered nurse working for the Aranui Community Trust Incorporated Society (ACTIS) – received an Open for Leadership Award from Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne in Christchurch this morning (7 April 2017).

The awards are co-ordinated by the Health Quality and Safety Commission. They recognise, celebrate and share the work of emerging health care leaders who have made a difference to patient care.

Canterbury DHB CEO David Meates says as a neighbourhood nurse Hannah has worked hard to build relationships in the Aranui community.

“Hannah embodies the Canterbury Health System's values by keeping health consumers and their families at the centre of everything she does.

“Hannah has developed links with a multitude of local providers, including General Practice teams, schools, Non-Government Agencies, Public Health, Social Welfare providers and most importantly the families of the community themselves, and all the while as the sole registered nurse in a geographical area that has its own unique challenges.”

Hannah – who completed her nursing degree three years ago at Ara – is also chair of the Aranui Health Networking Forum that brings together different agencies that work in the area to share information and pool resources.

Hannah was nominated by her mentor, Director of Nursing for Pegasus Health, Michael McIlhone who praised her initiative.

“As a young RN, Hannah has actively sought out mentorship and inclusion in to a multitude of forums and as a result of this she has established significant links and presence in the local community, no easy task,” Michael says.

Hannah received a trophy presented by Mr Dunne and will be sponsored to attend a Commission event.

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Photo Caption

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne (left) and Aranui Community Trust Incorporated Society (ACTIS) nurse Hannah Laughton with the Open for Leadership Award she was awarded at a special ceremony in Christchurch today.

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