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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

Dates announced for the first services to move to the Burwood Hospital Campus

Monday 1 February 2016Media release3 minutes to read

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The first of Canterbury's new Christchurch-based hospital facilities will be open and in use in just over four months.

The new facilities at Burwood are part of the Government's $650 million plus developments at Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals.

The Burwood facilities include over 32,500m2 of new ward blocks for medical, rehabilitation and mental health services for older people. There will also be new outpatient areas, including radiology and pharmacy areas. The new buildings link to the current Burwood facilities and will have a brand new entrance off Burwood Road.

David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says it's great to be able to announce dates for the moving in to the new facilities at Burwood Hospital.

Mr Meates says it's going to be an exceptionally busy time as the inpatient wards for older people at The Princess Margaret Hospital will be relocating to the brand new facility and others will move to the new site from within the Burwood campus.

Panorama burwood 17 dec 2015.jpg”It's a complex process fitting out and moving in to a new hospital but we aim to be all moved in by June 16, 2016. It takes just a few hours to move each ward, and the process will be carefully planned to minimise disruption to patients. We will keep patients and their families updated on plans closer to the moves,” he says.

​Taking advantage of the Queen's Birthday long weekend at the beginning of June, Mr Meates says the move will take place as a gradual “cascade” of moves.

“We will be fitting out the new facilities at Burwood from the end of May.

“Radiology, which includes the Canterbury Community Radiology Facility currently based in Merivale, will be the first to make the move.

“This is because it will take time to set up their equipment on site at Burwood. Our new Burwood facilities will be fully operational to all outpatients and ready to admit inpatients by June, 13, 2016.”

The new hospital reception area, the new pharmacy and the first ward will all be up and running on June 13.

Mr Meates says ahead of the move, a team of migration planners are busy working hard behind the scenes, with staff training and orientation to the new ways of working in the new facilities about to get underway.

“Staff need to be congratulated for their efforts so far and for what they'll be doing between now and then to get everyone ready.”

There will be a number of events take place before teams move in to Burwood. These include farewells to old facilities, blessings of the new buildings and open days for staff and the public.

​​​Burwood – Fast Facts
When finished the hospital will have been transformed to include 230 inpatient beds

It will manage 80,000 outpatient visits every year

The hospital will also feature:

A new ‘front of house' area, including a new main entrance, café and reception

An extended radiology department

A new wing for older persons mental health

A new ‘back of house' area comprising a new hospital kitchen, clean and dirty docks, supply and distribution area and the plant to support these areas.

A new environmentally friendly boiler house that runs on wood waste

Large car parking area for staff, patients and visitors

Landscaped grounds and new signage

​Facts about the new buildings at Burwood
Approximately 15,000m3 of soil and sand has been removed

The building footprint is 14,000m2

The approximate area of all floors is 32,500m2

1800 tonnes of structural steel reinforce the new building

Approximately 450 pre-cast panels make up parts of the buildings​

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