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  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 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 must wear a medical 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

Check for health warnings before going near waterways – ‘if in doubt, keep out’

Thursday 2 February 2017Media release3 minutes to read

Recreational water users are being reminded to avoid contact with some Canterbury and South Canterbury waterways – with the long weekend almost here.

Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says remain in place where there's potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in a number of areas around the regions.

“Make sure you check the health warnings for toxic algae before going near any waterways this long weekend,” Dr Humphrey says. “And if in doubt, keep out.”

Algal blooms can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals; people should avoid contact with the water until further notice. The algae is particularly dangerous for dogs.

“Animals that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately. Symptoms of cyanotoxin poisoning in dogs include panting, lethargy, muscle tremors, twitching and convulsions – which usually occur within 30 minutes of exposure.”

Dr Humphrey says people who come into contact with the mats can also experience unpleasant symptoms.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please let your doctor know if you have had contact with the lake water,” Dr Humphrey says.

People should never drink water from a waterway where a health warning is in place and they should also avoid eating fish and shellfish.

“Boiling the water does not remove the toxin. If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water.”

Dr Tim Davie, Environment Canterbury Chief Scientist, says it is not possible to monitor every reach of every streams and rivers in Canterbury so we concentrate on sites where we know people swim.

“We monitor 52 popular freshwater swimming sites in Canterbury and similar number of beaches; the results are shown on the Environment Canterbury and the LAWA websites (Land, Air, Water Aotearoa),” Dr Davie says.

“If you're swimming at non-monitored sites then we encourage you to check the stream bottom for what look like black mats.  If there are significant black mats and particularly if bits are breaking off then you should not swim or allow dogs to the site.”

Potentially toxic algae is currently present in the following locations in the region:

  • Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere
  • Te Roto o Wairewa/ Lake Forsyth
  • Lake Rotorua (Kaikoura)
  • Hurunui River at State Highway 7 (including the swimming hole behind the Balmoral campground) and State Highway 1
  • Waikirikiri/Selwyn River at Glentunnel
  • Te Nga Wai River at Te Nga Wai Bridge (near Pleasant Point)
  • Opihi River at Saleyards Bridge (near Pleasant Point), near State Highway1 and near the Waipopo Huts
  • Pareora River near the Pareora Huts
  • Hakataramea River near the State Highway Bridge
  • Cust Main Drain near Skewbridge Rd.

Visit the Environment Canterbury website for more information on swimming quality in Canterbury.

You can also contact Community and Public Health for more information on this health warning (03 364 1777).

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • The algae occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months.
  • If the water is cloudy, discoloured, or has small globules suspended in it, avoid all contact.
  • Not all cyanobacteria blooms are visible to the naked eye and toxins can persist after the blooms disappear.
  • Cyanobacteria concentrations can change quickly with changing environmental conditions (e.g. wind). Avoid contact with the water if a health warning is in place.​

ENDS 

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