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

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.

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


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Media release

Canterbury DHB welcomes quadruplets born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital

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Christchurch Women’s Hospital (CWH) is celebrating the recent arrival of quadruplets, born at its maternity unit to a... read more about Canterbury DHB welcomes quadruplets born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital»


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Poroporoaki for Burwood Birthing Unit

Friday 1 July 2016Quick Read

A poroporoaki* has been held in acknowledgement of the closure of Burwood Birthing Unit, which officially shut its... read more about Poroporoaki for Burwood Birthing Unit»


Media release

Immunisation Week targets immunisation during pregnancy

Monday 2 May 2016Quick Read

Canterbury is celebrating Immunisation Week on May 2-8 along with the rest of New Zealand with the theme of... read more about Immunisation Week targets immunisation during pregnancy»


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Work underway to get Burwood Birthing Unit open

Friday 8 April 2016Quick Read

Work is underway for the temporary reopening of Burwood Birthing Unit. Canterbury DHB closed the unit, after staff and... read more about Work underway to get Burwood Birthing Unit open»


Media release

Burwood Birthing Unit to temporarily reopen

Tuesday 5 April 2016Quick Read

Canterbury DHB will temporarily reopen the Burwood Birthing Unit. The announcement was made at a meeting this week with... read more about Burwood Birthing Unit to temporarily reopen»


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