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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.

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 are recommended 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

Burwood public open day: Sunday May 29, from 10am to 2pm

Tuesday 24 May 2016Media release3 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.

​After extensive consumer consultation, planning, designing and construction, the Burwood Hospital's new 230-bed facilities for specialist Older Persons' Health is holding a public open day this Sunday (May 29, 2016).

David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says he is thrilled to invite the public in to have a look around the incredible new facility before patients start moving in.

“I'm absolutely delighted to welcome the community in to view this fabulous facility at our Open Day on Sunday and I'm sure it won't disappoint,” Mr Meates says.

He says staff have put in huge hours of work, over and above their everyday shifts, to create a fit for purpose facility that meets the needs of patients and staff today and in the future.

“It's patient and family/whanau-centred, lean and efficient, supports teaching and learning, is clinically effective and most importantly, it's aligned with the transformation of Canterbury's Health System to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right person.

“Key concepts in the design have included the idea of wellness, and ‘long life, loose fit', which means the design will allow spaces to be used for different functions over time.”

The public open day will follow an official blessing this Thursday (May 26), before nearly 300 staff and more than 100 patients from The Princess Margaret Hospital move in to the new wards during the second week of June.

“Planning for the big move has been meticulous and includes everything from identifying the best route across town and the menu for the packed lunches for patients on their move day, to what equipment needs to move and what stays behind.

“As well as Canterbury DHB staff, Burnham-based medics from the Joint Operations Health Group of the New Zealand Defence Force will be on hand to assist as chaperones for patients during the move. A clinical assessment will be undertaken by our specialist staff to determine the appropriate transportation mode and level of escort required for each patient during the move.

“It's been a mammoth undertaking to get to this point and the teams have done an absolutely amazing job. I'm really excited we are now so close to moving into this exceptional new facility, which will see the Canterbury Health System well into the future.”

The public open day will be held from 10am-2pm on Sunday May 29, 2016.

Key features of the new hospital include:

Increased Older Persons' Mental Health beds including a seclusion room, more Brain Injury Rehabilitation beds, Older Persons' Stroke Rehabilitation beds, along with a single level ward area for Older Persons' Mental Health beds with a high dependency room. Each floor also has shared Allied Health spaces such as gyms to support the patient rehabilitation process.
Half of the rooms are single rooms, with the other half accommodating two beds. Rooms have TVs, wifi and each ward has communal dining areas for patients and family/whanau rooms.

The new main entrance area includes a reception with a café, retail pharmacy and volunteer shop, and offices for support staff.

The new Radiology Department includes an MRI, CT, two ultrasound rooms, fluoroscopy, and five general x-ray rooms.

A new Outpatient Department includes a blood collection service area.

There's new administration workspaces, a new hospital kitchen, mail room, loading docks and an eco-friendly boiler house.
Entry for the open day is off Burwood Road, just before the Champion Centre at 284 Burwood Road.

There is plenty of off-street parking.


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