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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.

Tell us what you think

Telling us about your experience

We are committed to providing quality healthcare and positive patient experiences, and what you think about your care is important to us.

We want to know what we are doing well and where we can improve. Patients, family/whānau and visitors can send us suggestions, compliments or complaints using a feedback form (located beside blue Customer Response boxes found in some hospitals and community services) or using the Canterbury DHB website Patients and Visitors Feedback Form.

During Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we will continue to invite you to participate in our patient experience surveys.

Your feedback is very important to us.

If you have received care either as an inpatient or as an outpatient (can be via telephone or video link) you are invited to participate in a patient experience survey via email or text message.

Taking part is voluntary and your feedback will be anonymous.

Your feedback is used by our teams to monitor care provided and assist us in identifying what went well and what could be done better.

Being in hospital can be a worrying time and there are people you can talk to. If you or your whānau/family have any questions or concerns, please ask staff for assistance. Concerns can normally be sorted by talking with the nurse in charge. If you or your relatives have a personal, domestic, financial problem or issues relating to your hospital stay or discharge, a social worker may be available to assist.

You also have the right to make a complaint about any aspect of services provided (see below).

You can discuss your care and treatment by contacting:

The person in charge of the ward or service

The customer services manager

Ashburton, Akaroa, Darfield, Ellesmere, Kaikōura, Oxford, Tūārangi & Waikari Hospitals: 03 307 8450

Burwood Hospital: 03 383 6836

Canterbury Health Laboratories: 03 364 0388

Christchurch Hospital: 03 364 0843

Christchurch Women's Hospital: 03 364 4556

Mental Health Services: 03 339 1160

Older Persons Health Service: 03 339 1160

Canterbury DHB via our website

Feedback Form

Patient Advocacy Service

The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service can assist you.

This service is independent of Canterbury DHB. It is a free service and provides:

  • Information on Health and Disability Consumer Rights
  • Assistance to answer questions and resolve difficulties
  • Help you make a complaint

Phone: 0800 2787 7678

Christchurch Advocacy Office
Phone: 03 377 7501

Health and Disability Commissioner's Office

You may also go directly to the Health & Disability Commissioner's Office with your concerns.

Phone: 0800 11 22 33 or 09 373 1060


Complaints provide us with an opportunity to review and improve our service.

We will acknowledge your complaint within five working days of receiving it.

We endeavour to investigate your complaint within 20 working days from the date of acknowledgement. We will tell you if this will take longer and the reasons this is necessary.

Where extensive investigations are required, you will be kept informed in writing monthly or at agreed intervals until the matter is resolved.

If you want independent support to help you during the complaint process, you may wish to use the free advocacy services available.

Page last updated: 31 March 2020

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