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No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Contextual information regarding airport handout given to disembarking passengers early in the COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday 21 March 2020Media release2 minutes to read


Contextual information regarding airport handout given to disembarking passengers early in the COVID-19 outbreak

To clarify misinformation circulating on some social media sites, please see below context around when a particular leaflet was used.

It’s important to stress, it hasn’t been used for some weeks, and was only given to people when the virus was in Wuhan only, very early on in the outbreak.

Please share this information with anyone who has concerns regarding this outdated flyer.

Passenger leaflet

The flyer in question was used early on in the outbreak and handed to passengers disembarking from flights arriving in Christchurch from mainland China.

The first flight was met on Monday 27 January 2020.

At that time the virus was commonly referred to as Wuhan Coronavirus. 

As the virus spread, the name changed: first to coronavirus, then COVID-19. These are the terms used in our subsequent posters and flyers.

This is an old, outdated flyer that was handed to people arriving at airports at the beginning of the outbreak.

It is unfortunate it is being shared on social media as if it is a current resource being used. It isn’t.

Canterbury DHB apologises for any offence caused by the circulation (on social media) of this outdated airport-handout flyer.



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