All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023


Mask exemptions accepted for people seeking treatment
Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance.

*Treatment includes: coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments,  surgery or a procedure.

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.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is 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 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

Vaccination roll out steps up another gear in the Selwyn District

Friday 24 September 2021Media release3 minutes to read

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Drop-in clinics are available in Selwyn next week

Canterbury DHB and the Selwyn District Council are pleased to be able to confirm a series of drop-in vaccination clinics for Waikirikiri Selwyn.

Three community pop-up events will take place at:

  • 12pm – 6pm Wednesday 29 September, Rolleston Community Centre
  • 12pm – 6pm Thursday 30 September, Rolleston Community Centre
  • 9:30am – 2pm Friday 1 October, Lincoln Event Centre

These complement the DHB’s drop-in vaccination clinics popping up in other districts and the existing drop-in clinic operating at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch.

No appointment is required to attend these clinics. However, we do ask that anyone attending cancels any existing vaccination appointments so that they become available to other people. The DHB will have staff on hand to assist with this if people would like to do this on the spot.

Canterbury’s Acting Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Ralph La Salle is encouraging people in the Selwyn District to make use of this opportunity.

“These drop-in events provide a local, comfortable and familiar environment for people to get vaccinated in the communities they live in.

“Everyone is welcome – bring a friend or the whole whānau and get yourselves protected from COVID-19 before the school holidays begin at the end of next week,” says Ralph.

Rangatahi must be twelve or older to receive a vaccination.

Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated vaccination staff and a surge in vaccinations across the region over the past month, approximately 70 percent of our eligible population has received at least a first dose vaccination.

These drop-in events aim to make vaccinations more accessible and increase protection levels in our communities. People are also able to receive their second dose vaccinations at these clinics.

Selwyn District Council Mayor Sam Broughton says the council is thrilled to be able to have played a part in getting these events confirmed for the district by providing fit for purpose venues.

“We wanted to do our part in keeping Waikirikiri Selwyn safe by providing council venues for the drop-ins.

“The best way we can all play our part in keeping Waikirikiri Selwyn safe is by getting vaccinated. I’ve had my first jab and the second one is all booked.

“I encourage everybody that can to make the most of this opportunity and get their vaccination done locally and with the convenience of not having to book,” says Sam.

Vaccinations continue to remain free and available across the Canterbury region to everyone aged 12 and over.



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