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Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.

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Last updated:
20 July 2022

Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

For visitors to all facilities effective from Wednesday 20 July 2022

With the recent resurgence in cases in Canterbury, largely due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant we are seeing an increase in demand right across the health system. Presentations to our Christchurch ED and Ashburton’s AAU are higher than ever and admission rates are high, which means we have a shortage of resourced beds.

Recently, we have seen too many unwell people coming to visit someone in hospital and too many that cannot or will not wear a medical mask. This increases the risk to vulnerable people in hospital. For these reasons we need to everything we can to minimise these risks.

We have therefore tightened visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • One visitor per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.
  • No visitors under 16 to any part of our facilities.
  • No visitors to COVID +ve patients other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • No eating or drinking at the bedside or anywhere other than cafes or areas designated for eating/drinking, as taking your mask off puts patients at risk.
  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms (even if they have tested negative) or have had a recent tummy bug.
  • Do not visit if you are COVID +ve or a household contact of someone who has tested positive
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Mask exemptions do not apply in our facilities – people who cannot tolerate a mask cannot visit at this time.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By sticking to the rules above, 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 where trusted whānau members provide 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 – again, 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 named support people + their community LMC/midwife if they have one – for the duration of the birth only. All other women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Women’s 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 under 16s are allowed to visit or attend appointments.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • To avoid them becoming infected with COVID-19 and passing it one, visitors to COVID-19 positive patients will not be allowed except in extenuating circumstances – by prior agreement with the Charge Nurse Manager only, and wearing an N95 mask.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, facetime, zoom etc.

You must NOT visit the hospital if you

  • are a household contact of a COVID-19 positive case
  • are COVID-19 positive
  • Have a cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you are testing negative for COVID-19)

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.

Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions

While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare treatment*. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.

*healthcare treatment includes: Emergency Department care, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure. 

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

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Prime Minister officially opens Burwood Hospital

Friday 19 August 2016Media release3 minutes to read

Prime Minister John Key has today unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Burwood Hospital's new facilities for Older Persons' Health and Rehabilitation.

The official opening was the final step in the journey from project concept to completion. Planning for the new hospital buildings began back in 2009, in line with population projections that predicted rapidly increasing numbers of older people in Canterbury by 2020, and was fast tracked after the quakes.

Work began on the new buildings in 2013. The hospital opened its new main entrance doors to patients and visitors in mid-June 2016, including 88 elderly patients transferred from The Princess Margaret Hospital.

The new buildings include a large reception area leading to three three-storey ward blocks, taking the total number of beds at Burwood to 230. There is a separate wing for Older Persons' Mental Health, a large state-of-the-art Radiology department, a new Outpatients department capable of handling up to 80,000 patients per year, an administration area, new kitchens and delivery docks, and an innovative new boiler house that runs on eco-friendly wood waste.

Many hundreds of people were involved throughout the project, including key clinical and other CDHB staff, patients, user groups, health planners, engineers and skilled tradespeople. The project was a joint venture between Leighs Construction and the Cockram Corporation.

At the ceremony, the Prime Minister listened to a waiata by the Rockers of Ages choir, cut a celebratory cake with volunteer worker Michael Turner and patient, Geoff Dacombe, and toured one of the new wards for Older Persons' Health.

David Meates, Canterbury DHB chief executive, says he is proud to have led the organisation through this complex and demanding project.

“I would like to acknowledge the huge contributions of everyone involved in the Burwood Hospital redevelopment. It has been a remarkable journey and we can all be thrilled with the results,” he says.

“The new facilities are patient and family/whanau-centred, support teaching and learning, are clinically effective and most importantly, are aligned with the transformation of Canterbury's Health System to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right person.”

Murray Cleverley, Canterbury DHB chair, agreed the new facilities are an enormous boost to Burwood's existing capacity in specialist older persons' health care and rehabilitation.

“The design teams adopted the key principles of ‘long life, loose fit' that allow spaces to be used for different functions as clinical practice and patient needs change over time,” Murray says. “As a result, this facility will meet the needs of our community, especially our ageing population, for many years to come.”

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