From 25 March 2020 the visitor limitations below (from 21 March) will change and there will be further restrictions on visiting hospitals.
In line with the Government’s directive that we are to escalate to COVID-19 alert level 4 protocol from midnight on 25 March, all Canterbury DHB facilities will be adopting a no-visitors policy, with only a few notable exceptions.
The exceptions include a nominated person who is supporting a terminal patient through end of life care, and a parent/guardian who is supporting a child.
The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply is at the Charge Nurse Manager’s or another lead clinician’s discretion.
In all exceptions where a visitor is allowed to access any DHB facility, appropriate screening will take place before they are allowed to enter the care environment to ensure they are well. This measure, as with all current COVID-19-related measures, is to ensure the safety of patients and staff by minimising avoidable contact and the potential for spread.
For the latest information see www.cdhb.health.nz/covid19