Thursday 28 October 2021Media release4 minutes to read
With the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Christchurch, visitor access to all Canterbury DHB health facilities will be further restricted from 11:59pm tonight, to enable safe physical distancing. This will be reviewed on Monday 1 November.
Limiting our interactions with others is one of our best defences against COVID-19. For this reason, a limited visitor policy will apply across all Canterbury DHB facilities.
Children under 16 and people who are unwell cannot visit under any circumstances, except to access emergency care.
A person may only enter our facilities:
All of the above remain at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager for the ward or service. Visitors will not be allowed in wards caring for patients in isolation. Additional exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds.
Where these visits do take place, all visitors are required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times, unless they have a condition that makes them exempt and can show their exemption card (see below).
Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case. Alternatively you can sign in at reception.
Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments
Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.
Exemption card for face coverings
We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering safely or comfortably. If you cannot wear one, you can get an exemption card. You can show your exemption card when needed, for example to a bus driver.
You can request a card from the Disabled Persons Assembly NZ by contacting them on 04 801 9100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHB Aged Residential Care facilities
The limited visitors rule applies. However, family visits for palliative care residents who are receiving end of life care and do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Park and Ride
The hospital shuttle service will continue to operate Monday-Friday 6:15am-8.30pm daily, to and from the Christchurch Hospital main entrance and Waipapa, and to and from the Outpatients Building until 6pm. There is will be no shuttle service running at weekends while we have community cases.
The following applies:
Ashburton Hospital Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.
Hillmorton Avon Café – open for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Friday 11am-1pm.
Burwood Travis Courtyard Café – open to staff only for coffee and pre-packaged food, Monday to Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm.
Page last updated: 22 November 2021
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