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Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Support for Smokefree spaces extension

Friday 5 June 2015Media release2 minutes to read

Canterbury District Health Board has congratulated the Christchurch City Council for its move to increase the number of Smokefree places in Christchurch from October 1, 2015.

Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says making more outdoor areas Smokefree is an important step towards achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal.

“Increasing the number of Smokefree places helps reduce the visibility of smoking, and this in turn makes it less likely that young people will take up the habit,” Dr Pink says.

He says people have a right to Smokefree spaces.

“People entering and exiting council facilities such as libraries and swimming pools should not have to walk through clouds of smoke.

“And people waiting for a bus should not have to put up with other peoples smoke. Smokefree bus stops will not only protect those who do not smoke from second hand smoke, but will also reduce the visibility of smoking for children and youth.”

Dr Pink says measures to make more community spaces Smokefree are not about “banning” smoking or “demonising” smokers.

“These policies encourage responsible choices – they aren't a ban. They are voluntary policies that are all about encouraging responsible adult behaviour and not smoking around children and young people,” says Dr Pink.

Dr Pink says smoking is a big issue in Canterbury.

“The Canterbury DHB region has more regular smokers than any other DHB region. More than 52,000 Cantabrians, the equivalent of three sell-out crowds at AMI Stadium, are regular smokers.”

Martin Witt, Canterbury and West Coast Cancer Society Manager of Health Promotion and IT Services, has also congratulated the Council on its bold move.

​”Both sub committees voted unanimously for these extensions. This makes CCC one of the most progressive councils in NZ with a strong commitment to their role in helping to achieve the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025,” Martin says.


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