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.

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

Memories of Lincoln Maternity Hospital

Monday 20 June 2022Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury News2 minutes to read

 Memories of Lincoln Maternity

At 6am on 31 May 2022, a baby boy was born at Lincoln Maternity Hospital. Soon after, he and his parents transferred to the new Oromairaki Maternity Unit in Toka Hāpai (Selwyn Health Hub) and the doors were permanently closed on Lincoln Maternity. After 95 years and the birth of thousands of babies, it was the end of an era.

Back in January, Canterbury DHB and Selwyn District Council made a call out for memories of Lincoln Maternity Hospital. The response was tremendous with stories and comments from people born in the hospital, parents who had their babies there, and staff, past and present.

The recurring theme in the memories we received, was that Lincoln Maternity Hospital felt like a home away from home to all who ventured inside. A warm, comforting place with delicious food that provided invaluable support and advice to mums and whānau.

We thank all the contributors and are thrilled to share these memories with you.

You can read the Memories of Lincoln Maternity by clicking on the link below. Note: A further news article was published on Monday 20 November 2023 to farewell Lincoln Maternity Hospital.

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