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 28 March 2022

Monday 28 March 2022Waitaha Canterbury Pānui2 minutes to read

CEO UpdateIn this edition of the CEO Update

Today Peter reminds us that the best protection for ourselves and our whānau is to be up to date with vaccinations – and that includes a COVID-19 booster. About 105,000 Cantabrians who are eligible are yet to have their booster dose. Having your booster can protect you from serious illness or hospitalisation, so please encourage everyone you know to get theirs.

Peter shares some numbers that reveal the massive response by so many across the Canterbury Health System and there’s a tribute to our highly respected former CEO Gordon Davies who passed away last Tuesday.

Also, this week, we begin the first in a series of stories showcasing staff who are working in redeployed roles, so meet Napat Sirihongthong, a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator for the Burwood site. Her latest deployment is to the newly-opened Remdesivir clinic at Burwood.

Finally, we get an insight into the roles volunteers are taking on during the pandemic and how virtual ward rounds are keeping senior doctors in touch with their patients during a time of staff shortages due to COVID-19.

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

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