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Last updated:
13 March 2023

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.

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 to 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

Wellbeing essential to a healthy region

Wednesday 18 April 2018Media release2 minutes to read

THIS IS AN ARCHIVED PAGE. The advice and information contained in this page may not be current and it should only be used for historical reference purposes.

Evon Currie, General Manager of Community and Public Health for Canterbury DHB has applauded the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill progressing through its first reading.

“Restoring the four well-beings to the Local Government Act would be a huge affirmation for the Healthy Greater Christchurch initiative,” she says. “Promoting economic, environmental, cultural, and social well-being was previously one of the primary purposes of local government.”

Healthy Greater Christchurch is a Canterbury DHB-led collaborative partnership.

The key idea is that all sectors, groups, and organisations who are members have a role to play in creating a healthy city. The initiative began in 2001 as a partnership between Canterbury DHB and Christchurch City Council and recently expanded to include Selwyn and Waimakariri.

Wellbeing is at the heart of the initiative.

“Behind the scenes, we use the Canterbury Wellbeing Index as a key monitoring tool,” says Evon Currie. “People are probably more familiar with Healthy Greater Christchurch activities like the ‘All Right?’ campaign, which promotes mental wellbeing.”

She is also pleased about the engagement opportunities now that consultation has opened for the Bill.

“We know many of the 200+ signatories to the Healthy Greater Christchurch charter will be excited to learn about this potential change. We’ll be supporting people to engage with the policy process. Civic engagement is also essential to community wellbeing,” Evon Currie says.

People can find out more about Healthy Greater Christchurch submission seminars at the website,

Submissions on the bill are open until 25 May 2018.



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