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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.

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 to 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 set to sizzle heading into the long weekend

Wednesday 1 February 2023Media release3 minutes to read

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Health warning  – Algal Bloom in Rakahuri/Ashley River at SH1

Canterbury set to sizzle heading into the long weekend

Issued: 1 February 2023

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health is reminding Cantabrians to keep cool and hydrated as temperatures are set to sizzle across the region for several days in a row.

Hot weather is forecast for Canterbury with temperatures predicted to be 30 degrees or above for four consecutive days from Thursday 2 February to Sunday 5 February.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health for Te Whatu Ora, National Public Health Service, says people need to take sensible precautions while temperatures are this high and for prolonged periods.

“Over the next few days, if your plans involve being outdoors, it’s important that you stay out of the sun where possible, ensure people and pets aren’t left alone in stationary cars and avoid extreme physical exertion especially during the hottest part of the day.

“While the elderly, infants and children, women who are pregnant, people suffering from chronic, acute and severe illness are more at risk, heat can affect us all and overheating is a condition that can prove fatal,” says Dr Brunton.

There are some simple steps that we can all take to reduce the risk to our health when the temperatures are high. They include:

  • Avoiding going outside during the hottest time of the day
  • Drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured cotton clothes.

Dr Brunton says if you are going to be exposed to hot weather for long periods of time make sure you carry water and drink at least half a litre an hour, allow for more breaks in the shade and reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. If you are working outdoors try to schedule the hardest work in the coolest part of the day.

“Aside from being SunSmart (Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap) if you have to go outside, you can keep your house cool by closing curtains on windows that get direct sun, opening windows to get a breeze if it's cooler out than in, and where possible consider using the cool cycle on heat pumps.

If it’s not possible to keep your home cool, you should look to spend a few hours of the day in a cool place e.g. an indoor swimming pool, an air-conditioned public building, a marae or church, all of which tend to be cool in summer,” says Dr Brunton.

People should keep medicines below 25C degrees or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging).

If you feel dizzy, weak or have an intense thirst or headache you may be dehydrated. Drink some water and rest in a cool place. If you symptoms persist or you’re concerned about your health, or someone else’s, seek medical advice. You can call your general practice team 24/7 for care around the clock – after hours a nurse can provide free health advice, and tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen urgently.




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