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

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui Monday 19 September 2022

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TE WHATU ORA WAITAHA CANTERBURY PĀNUI 19 SEPTEMBER 2022 – 19 MAHURU 2022 In this edition of Te Whatu Ora Waitaha | Canterbury Pānui

Following on from the success of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we introduce a new regular feature celebrating the Māori language and giving us all easy to learn Te Reo lessons. This first lesson focuses on the alphabet and pronunciation, along with tips on how to install the Māori keyboard on your computer. Ka rawe!

The celebrations continue and in this issue we also recognise more of our fantastic people in an extended ‘thank-a-thon’ feature. There were just too many great people we still had to make sure we threw a shout out to!

This week’s quiz takes us back twenty five years to 1997 – how many of us are old enough to remember the year that included a certain bespectacled wizard who was the hero of our go to book… and it was a ‘Titanic’ year at the movies?

And we’ve got another new feature in this week’s edition……we find out all about your pets and why you love them.

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