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VISITORS TO HOSPITAL

Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

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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