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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Strike by medical laboratory staff – Friday 11 to Saturday 12 October 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019Media release1 minute to read

Labs staff are striking on Friday 11 October

Medical laboratory staff who are members of the APEX union will be striking for 24 hours from 8am Friday 11 until 8am Saturday 12 October.

The strike involves a full withdrawal of labour.

Medical laboratory staff provide various services, including taking blood and other samples for testing.

Canterbury DHB is doing our utmost to ensure patient safety leading up to and throughout this period, however we will need to reduce some services.

During the strike, some non-urgent and specialist laboratory testing may be delayed.

If you are planning to get a blood or specimen test at Christchurch Outpatients, Christchurch Hospital, or Burwood Hospital, please note these collection centres will be operating at a reduced capacity tomorrow, Friday 11 October.

Please note this strike does not affect Canterbury Southern Community Labs (CSCL) centres. These community collection centres will be open and operating as usual and you can find your nearest CSCL here.



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Page last updated: 10 October 2019

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