All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023


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.

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

Canterbury DHB welcomes the government’s confirmation of $180M of equity support

Friday 2 October 2020Media release2 minutes to read

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The DHB welcomes the government’s confirmation of $180M of equity support

Please see below for a statement to be attributed to Peter Bramley, Acting Chief Executive, Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB welcomes the government’s confirmation of $180M of equity support.

The purpose of the equity injection is to maintain the DHB’s financial liquidity. The equity support will meet the DHBs forecast cashflow funding needs through to the end of the current 2020/21 financial year.

Canterbury DHB works closely with the Ministry of Health to manage its liquidity and ensure that there is sufficient cashflow to cover the expenditure incurred from the delivery of its services. As with most organisations these expenditure items cover a range of things such as payments to suppliers, heating and lighting for buildings and staffing costs etc.

It is important to note that the $180M equity support simply enables us to keep paying people and our bills.  While we welcome this cash injection it does not change the need to address our ongoing financial sustainability and the draft forecast deficit for 2020/21.

As a DHB, we are working towards financial sustainability.

The DHB’s deficit reduction work started last year when we established a number of Taskforces to look at how we could significantly reduce our costs to improve our financial position. At the end of June 2020 we had already saved $12.9m million for the 2019/20 financial year. Much of this was achieved without significant disruption to how we carry out our day to day work.

The DHB’s current Accelerating Our Future programme of work builds on this and is based on our most recent draft 2020/21 annual plan, and looks at how the DHB can operate more sustainably for the long term and achieve the $56.9m savings plan approved by the Board in August this year.

It looks at a range of options available to the DHB to improve operational efficiency and is focused on initiatives that will deliver both a quality and sustainable health service that builds on the strengths of our integrated health system. This plan has been structured to achieve targeted savings with the least possible impact on patient care and to achieve our broader three-year plan to break even.



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