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

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

Chair of Health Precinct Advisory Council to step down

Monday 20 May 2019Media 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 five years in the role, Professor Ian Town is stepping down from his position as Independent Chair of the Health Precinct Advisory Council.

Professor Ian Town will step down as Independent Chair of the Health Precinct Advisory Council after five years in the role.

After five years leading the development of Canterbury’s Health Precinct Advisory Council (HPAC) its Independent Chair, Professor Ian Town is stepping down.

If there’s one thing Ian Town believes in, it’s the power of collaboration. For the past five years, his abilities to bring parties together, think creatively, and work towards a broader vision for future health have made him a forceful and inspirational Chair of the Council.

Town steps down from the Council at the end of June, but leaves a legacy of collaborative action harnessing the collective aspirations of each of the HPAC partners that has laid a path for a bright and exciting future for health, research, education and innovation in Canterbury.

Canterbury DHB Chief Executive Officer David Meates, said Town’s contribution to the success of the Health Precinct Advisory Council cannot be understated.

“Ian’s energy, connections and drive have moved this project forward in a way that sets a clear path for the future. The Council has brought key players in health delivery and research together and working collaboratively in a way that we could not have even imagined before the earthquakes.”

Te Papa Hauora is a hub of a creativity and integrates healthcare, research and innovation, education and industry as well as spearheading key projects that brought the community into the heart of the project through public research talks, leadership development for students and the 48-hour health challenges.

“There is a real commitment on the part of all the Council to keep talking, sharing resources, and doing things differently. The groundwork has been laid to ensure we continue to lead the world in healthcare design and delivery.

“Canterbury is rapidly earning a name as a place that attracts talent in healthcare, research and education from around the world, and that is thanks in no small part to Ian’s contribution to the Council.

“Ian has agreed to stay on in the role until such time as a new Chair is selected in June. The new Chair will bring fresh eyes and energy to this important role as the Council prepares for the next period of growth and development,” David Meates said.

Anyone who wishes to express an interest in the Chair role should contact Baden Ewart –

Ian credits much of the success of the Council to the shared vision and determination of those who have been part of the Council since inception in 2014: Ara, the University of Canterbury, Ngai Tahu (through Matapopore), the DHB, and the University of Otago.  He said the Manawa building project was an example of what can be achieved when parties work together. “It’s a magnificent facility which is already proving its worth.”

“I’m immensely proud of our collective achievements, and will be watching with great interest to see the Health Precinct vision and new developments come to life over the coming years,” Ian Town said. 



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