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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

It’s tool time at Burwood Hospital

Tuesday 3 November 2015Media release2 minutes to read

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Work on the new healthcare facilities at Burwood Hospital is reaching a peak, with up to 500 contractors now on site every day.

Each Thursday, a mass toolbox talk is run by Main Contractors Leighs Cockram JV to brief all workers on any current issues, health and safety and upcoming work plans.

Danny Tessier, Project Director for Leighs Cockram JV says with around 500 contractors on the job each day, it's more of a town square gathering rather than a quick chat around a toolbox.

The weekly Burwood toolbox talk is now one of the largest being run across Christchurch's rebuild and worker safety is first priority.

“We encourage safety to be everyone's responsibility,” Danny says.

“With such a large project and many work areas, the toolbox talks are a chance for everyone to be informed on what is happening around the whole site, not just their work area.”

Bryan Spinks, Project Director for Proj-X Solutions on behalf of the Ministry of Health, says the weekly catch-ups are invaluable.

“The larger the number of people on site, the greater the need for clear communication and direction for everyone involved in the project,” Bryan says.

“With a range of trades and subbies now working on the interiors of the ward areas, careful phasing and scheduling is key to ensure things are done in the right order and in the right area – clarity, coordination and cooperation are essential to keep things on track.”

It's gearing up to be a busy summer at the hospital, as the new facilities are due to be completed in the middle of 2016. When finished, the hospital will have been transformed to include 230 inpatient beds as well as the ability to manage 80,000 outpatient visits each 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 psychiatric services for the elderly.

• a new “back of house” area comprising a new hospital kitchen, clean and dirty loading 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 areas for staff, patients and visitors.

• landscaped grounds and new signage.


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