Tuesday 31 August 2021Media release4 minutes to read
Under COVID-19 Alert Level 3, visitor access to all Canterbury DHB health facilities remains restricted to enable safe physical distancing.
Limiting our interactions with those outside our bubbles is one of our best defences against COVID-19. For this reason, a no visitor policy continues to apply across all Canterbury DHB facilities.
Children under 16 and people who are unwell cannot visit under any circumstances, except to access emergency care.
Under Alert Level 3, the following exceptions apply and a person may enter our facilities:
All of the above remain at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager for the ward or service. Visitors will not be allowed in wards caring for patients in isolation. Additional exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds.
Where these visits do take place, all visitors are required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times, unless they have a physical or mental condition that makes them exempt.
Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.
Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments
If your appointment or elective (planned) surgery was scheduled on Wednesday 1 September onwards please attend at the time originally advised, unless you have been contacted by us to advise that it has been rescheduled.
If your outpatient appointment or planned surgery was scheduled prior to 1 September, please wait for us to get in touch to advise of your rescheduled appointment.
Exemption card for face coverings
We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering safely or comfortably. If you cannot wear one, you can get an exemption card. You can show your exemption card when needed, for example to a bus driver.
DHB Aged Residential Care facilities
The no visitors rule applies. However, family visits for palliative care residents who are receiving end of life care and do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Park and Ride
The hospital shuttle service from the Deans Ave car park will resume tomorrow. Shuttles will run from Monday-Friday 6:15am-8.30pm daily, to and from the Christchurch Hospital main entrance and Waipapa, and to and from the Outpatients Building until 6pm.The following applies:
Ashburton Hospital Café Open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00
Hillmorton Avon Café Open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 11:00 to 13:00
Burwood Travis Courtyard Café Open to staff only for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Sunday 08:30 to 15.30
Page last updated: 8 September 2021
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