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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

Rangiora Health Hub officially opened

Tuesday 24 November 2015Media release2 minutes to read

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The Canterbury Health System has today welcomed Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman who officially opened the Rangiora Health Hub.

After almost five years of community consultation, planning and construction, the $7 million purpose-designed facility is already making a big difference in the community.

The Rangiora Health Hub provides high quality maternity services along with beds for people who need time for recuperation or ongoing monitoring in North Canterbury.

Mary Gordon, Acting Canterbury DHB chief executive, says North Canterbury has grown substantially post quakes.

“With more people moving into the area and growing birthing rates in recent years, we needed to respond by ensuring the needs of the population continue to be met now and in the future,” Ms Gordon says.

The Rangiora Health Hub maternity unit opened for business on 28 October and as at 23 November, there have been 17 births in the new unit and 159 year to date. Meals on wheels are also provided for the local community.

“While the initial focus is on maternity care, there are also ‘flexi beds’ which are used for people with a variety of needs – be it a few days recuperating after surgery or recovering after an illness.”

Ms Gordon says she’s “absolutely delighted” with the way the facility has come together.

“The success of this is a direct reflection of extensive community involvement, thoughtful planning and a commitment from our people to make it happen.”

Ms Gordon says the state-of-the-art facilities are set to only enhance the excellent standard of care that’s been provided at Rangiora Hospital for the past 90 years.

It’s planned to eventually expand the Rangiora Health Hub to include a wider range of outpatient and specialist services.

“There will be a two year interim phase before we can transfer part of the Hagley Outpatients building to adjoin the new Health Hub.

“In the meantime the old Rangiora Hospital will continue to house a range of community services.”

Services provided in Rangiora include mental health, rural child adolescent and family services, public health nurses, older persons health offices and outpatient clinics including heart health, respiratory and stroke clinics and private orthopaedic clinics.

“Canterbury DHB is committed to ensuring people have better access to services closer to home.”


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