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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About the department


The DEM at Auckland Hospital has accreditation from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine for 2 years of advanced training. The Department currently supports 12 registrars in training. The Auckland regional training programme provides training posts in Emergency Medicine, Intensive care (adult and paediatric), Paediatrics, Anaesthesia and General Medicine. There is a robust regional education programme for trainees with specific sessions dedicated to preparation for college exams. There are 8 house surgeon training posts allowing those who are considering a career in emergency medicine to gain some experience prior to committing to the formal training programme. We also provide training to medical students, elective students, army medics and St Johns ambulance staff.

Training positions

Enquiries regarding training positions should be directed to Dr Owen Doran ( or Dr Gina De Cleene (

Elective placements

Enquiries regarding elective placements or requests to do research in ED should be directed to Assoc. Prof Dr Peter Jones ( Further information and application forms are available on the NoRTH website.

General enquiries

General enquiries to Ms Reshma Amin ( or Ms Geraldine Dias (


The department has several Fellow jobs available every year which are advertised in March and August. Senior trainees will find these posts useful in bridging the gap from a senior registrar to a consultant.

The department also has a ACEM accredited Special skills post in HEMS, Medical Education and Simulation. This is available to ACEM trainees in their last year of training.

We also have a number of locum positions available in the Emergency Department.

If you are interested in working in the Emergency Department, please contact Dr Anil Nair (


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