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

CEO Update – Monday 12 November 2018

Monday 12 November 2018Waitaha Canterbury Pānui2 minutes to read

In this week's CEO Update…

Chief Executive David Meates reflects on Canterbury DHB’s 2017/18 performance against the National Health Targets, thanking staff for their commitment to improving our health system and meeting the needs of Cantabrians. He also reminds everyone to look out for each other this Wednesday 14 November, which is the second anniversary of the 2016 7.8 North Canterbury earthquake ─ and who you can contact if you or someone you know needs help.

This issue also highlights the science behind and dangers of antibiotic resistance as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (12 – 18 November), and what one of our teams is doing to facilitate the sensible use of antibiotics. We acknowledge the success of one of our photographers, who won four awards at a conference in the United Kingdom last month, and we let you know the results of a Commuter Challenge: was the winner using an e-bike, an electric scooter, a bicycle, bus or car?


You can read the Canterbury DHB CEO Update in two different formats:

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