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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

Kaikoura’s new integrated family health centre has an official name

Monday 31 August 2015Media release3 minutes to read

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It is ‘Kaikoura Health, Te Hā o Te Ora'.

Kaikoura Service Level Alliance (SLA) members, who are overseeing development of the model of care and service design for the $13.4 million facility, asked Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura to gift a name for the centre. Kaikoura SLA are part of the Canterbury Clinical Network, a collective alliance of healthcare leaders, professionals and providers from across the Canterbury Health System.

Kaikoura Health, Te Hā o Te OraKaikoura SLA chair Dr Andrea Judd says the gifted name recognises both Kaikoura's rich Māori history and the crucial role the centre will play in the community's future health and wellbeing. Dr Judd says the SLA is grateful for the ‘strong and meaningful' name.

Te Hā talks about aroha or love, the essence of a person, or their whole being. Ora talks about wellbeing, which is the essence of health itself. The name also has added meaning gleaned from the legend of Maui, who is said to have stood with his foot on the Kaikoura Peninsula and drew breath (Te Hā) before he fished up the North Island.

The gifting of the name is another way the Kaikoura community have been involved in the facility's development, Dr Judd says.

“This is a health facility for our whole community. Our community has helped name it, helped raise money for it and once opened it will be at the heart of our community.”

Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura member Raewyn Solomon says the gifting of the name for the new health facility is important. The whole site is of cultural significance as it was part of the original pa site of Takahanga.

“In addition to gifting the name, the Rūnanga's Brett Cowan recently blessed Kaikoura Health, Te Hā o Te Ora to ensure the protection of all who use the facility from now into the future.”

Kaikoura Health, Te Hā o Te Ora will replace the town's old hospital, but has been set up to support the a more integrated approach to health care that will be reflected under the new model of care. Patients and staff will begin the shift from the old hospital to the new building on September 15. The first patients to move will be all inpatients including aged residential care and acute patients.

Demolition of the old hospital begins in October and will be followed by the construction of the front entrance and new car park. The whole project is expected to be completed in January 2016, with an official opening in February.



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