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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.

Health warning removed for algal bloom in the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence near SH1 and Main North Road bridges

Tuesday 14 May 2019Media release2 minutes to read

A health warning has been lifted for algal bloom on the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Glentunnel.

A health warning has been lifted for algal bloom in the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence near SH1 and Main North Road bridges

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted the algal bloom health warning that was issued on the 7 March 2019 for the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence near SH1 and Main North Road bridges.

Recent cyanobacteria surveying of the water in the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence has shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has decreased and the cover is now below the levels that are of concern to public health.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ramon Pink says Environment Canterbury’s surveying of the rivers and lakes in the Canterbury region for algal blooms has ended for this season and will resume next summer when there is increased likelihood of cyanobacteria growth. Only two rivers, the Ashley at SH1 and the Ashley at the Rangiora-Loburn Bridge remain in warning and will continued to be monitored until warnings can be removed. The public will be notified of this in due course.

Facts about cyanobateria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed.
  • The algae occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months.
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods with changing environmental conditions.
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further information visit:

Land Air Water Aotearoa or Community and Public Health.

For more information on Mahinga kai:

Mahinga Kai

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