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Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We 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.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens Hospital and other maternity units. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments, no children are allowed to visit.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

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New Family Health and Urgent Care Centre coming to North Canterbury

Wednesday 9 December 2020Media release4 minutes to read

Artist’s Impress of New Family Health and Urgent Care Centre coming to North Canterbury

Artist’s impression of new Family Health and Urgent Care Centre coming to North Canterbury

A new health centre for North Canterbury will soon be built as part of the Canterbury DHB’s Rangiora Health Hub. The new 1,250m2 facility will sit alongside the DHB’s Maternity Unit and Community Services Centre.

The Minister of Health has approved the DHB’s proposal to lease land at the Hub to the South Link Health Services Group, for them to build and operate a family health and urgent care centre that will be known as Rangiora Medical Centre.

The new facility will bring together existing general practices Good Street Medical and Rangiora Family Doctors, and will be open for care seven days week for extended hours between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week.

Ralph La Salle, Acting Executive Director Planning and Funding and Decision Support for Canterbury DHB is delighted to be able to share this great news with the community.

“North Canterbury’s population continues to grow rapidly, and so does its need for primary healthcare.

“Some time ago the DHB saw an opportunity to make space available at the Rangiora Health Hub for a new primary care facility, alongside our own facilities. In 2019 we invited expressions of interest from any party with a successful track record in similar developments.

“South Link Health Services and its local partners put forward a very strong proposal to the DHB, and I’m very pleased that we’ve now got ministerial approval to proceed. This will provide North Canterbury with a new, purpose-designed facility that will deliver additional primary healthcare capacity that will reduce the need for people to travel to Christchurch for urgent care,” says Ralph.

South Link Health Services’ CEO, Professor Murray Tilyard is thrilled to get the go-ahead.

“An integrated family health and urgent care centre had always been the third and final piece needed to complete a health hub puzzle that will meet the needs of the people of the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts.

“For South Link, this is a great opportunity and aligns with our goal of providing equitable and responsive quality health care to our communities.

“As South Link is a not for profit health provider, this allows us to invest our profits back into the community to continue growing our health resources and services. Based on our experience in developing the Three Rivers Medical Centre in Ashburton, it will be a privilege to again partner with the DHB to serve this community,” Professor Tilyard says.

Local GP Dr Lorna Martin of Rangiora Family Doctors is also very excited about this development.

 “I am delighted to see this dream come to fruition for Rangiora and the wider community. Prior to the earthquakes this small town was well supplied with medical facilities. Since the earthquakes our needs have massively increased.

Having been a General Practitioner in Rangiora for 30 years, living and working in the community. I am committed to improving the options available. I have worked alongside and in partnership with South Link health for some years and see this development as an exciting addition to our community,” said Dr Martin.

Ralph La Salle adds, “As a necessary part of this development, we need to remove the old Rangiora Hospital building. While it has served this community well over the years it has been closed for some time now and is no longer suitable for delivering contemporary models of healthcare – and we now have a better use for the space it occupies.”

“Its removal will make way for the new facility and more parking, making it easier for people to access the care they need in one location, and for clinical staff to provide well-coordinated care.”

Demolition is expected to begin in March 2021 following work to safely remove asbestos from the building.

Site preparations and construction will commence shortly after the demolition, and the facility is scheduled for completion in late 2022.

Professor Tilyard says during this time South Link will work with the DHB on keeping local people informed about plans and progress.

ENDS

 

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