All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

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.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is 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 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

Name the Cranes Competition

Friday 1 July 2016Media release3 minutes to read

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED PAGE. The advice and information contained in this page may not be current and it should only be used for historical reference purposes.

​​The Canterbury District Health Board and CPB Contractors are excited to announce a NAME THE CRANES competition.

Name the cranes competition​The competition is open to children who are inpatients at Christchurch Hospital, use outpatient services, or who have a parent/guardian on the staff at the hospital. The 70m (approx.) high cranes are being used in the construction of the new 10-storey Acute Services (ASB) Building.

CPB Contractors was awarded the main build contract for the Acute Services Building at the end of last year.

David Grehan, CPB project director, says the children can let their imaginations soar.

“This is a great opportunity for the children in Christchurch Hospital to get involved in the new development, and make their mark on the Acute Services Building. We need some really strong names for our really strong cranes,” David Grehan says.

David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says naming the cranes will add a personal element to the build.

“Many of these children can look out of their hospital windows and see what is happening on site. They have the chance to come up with a creative name for the cranes, which will be printed and then proudly displayed for the duration of the construction works.”

Children are invited to let their imagination go wild and name either one crane, or both if they have a brilliant-double barrelled suggestion. They also need to say why they chose that name.

There is also a colouring-in competition for those who would like to be involved but can’t think of a name, and also a draw your own crane option.

As well as seeing the names on the cranes, the winner(s) will also receive a small prize pack.

The competition starts today (July 1) and closes on 28 July, with the announcement of the names made in mid-August.

The 10-storey ASB has a 10,450m2 footprint with an approximate area of the floors of around 62,000 m2. When it is complete, the ASB will feature additional operating theatres, around 400 inpatient beds, purpose-designed spaces for children, an extended radiology department, an expanded intensive care unit, an emergency department, ​​and a rooftop helipad.

The competition is open to all children 16 and under who are inpatients, or frequent outpatient visitors to Christchurch Hospital, or who have a parent/guardian who works at Christchurch Hospital. Only one entry per child per category. The judges’ decision will be final.

For competition Terms and Conditions and Entry Forms, please see ​



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