|Delta Level 2||We are at Delta Level 2. More information|
More information about accessing healthcare can be found on www.uniteforrecovery.govt.nz
The latest COVID-19 related health information can be found on the Ministry of Health (MoH) website www.covid19.govt.nz
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You can be tested for COVID-19 at your General Practice or at a community based testing centre (CBAC).
You should contact your GP first if you are unwell and they will likely be able to offer you testing. If this is not available you can attend a testing centre instead. You will only be tested for COVID-19 at a testing centre – they won’t do a health assessment, so it is important that if you are unwell and need to see a doctor or be assessed, you should contact your GP team as normal.
You do not need a referral to attend a CBAC testing centre. You can drive-up or walk-in. Testing is free, unless you require a test for travel overseas (see below).
No on-demand or walk-in COVID-19 testing is being carried out at Christchurch Hospital.
Please refer to the Healthpoint website for details about general practices offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
If you require a test before travel overseas you need to contact your General Practice or an Urgent care facility to book an appointment for this. You need to book the test within the timeframe required by the country you are travelling to (usually 3-5 days before travel) and with enough time for the result to come back (usually 48 hours). You will be charged for this test. Costs may vary. The testing centres are not able to perform travel tests because they are unable to take payment onsite.
More information about COVID-19 testing is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website
Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access for all Canterbury DHB health facilities will continue to be restricted. Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to.
The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:
Under any Alert Levels where visitor restrictions are in place, an exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment– where they need a support person to ensure equitable access to health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility is allowed in addition to that person’s permitted visitor/s.
Due to the ongoing need to maintain physical distancing, support people will only be allowed in outpatients by exception. If you need a support person with you at your appointment, please call the number on your outpatient appointment letter to arrange this. Note: some outpatient appointments will continue to be carried out ‘virtually’ either over the phone, or by a video/zoom call.
*Note: St Georges Maternity Unit is also following the same guidelines.
From 8 September 2021 visiting hours at Ashburton Hospital are as normal, but:
Exceptions: Nurse Managers can assess requests on a case by case basis.
To ensure the safety of patients, all of whom are aged over 65, visitors to the Aged Residential Care part of this facility are only allowed by prior appointment.
Please contact the facility to discuss with the manager. There may be a separate entrance for visitors, please check with staff.
The hospital shuttle service runs from the Deans Avenue car park, stopping at Waipapa building Emergency Department entrance, Christchurch Outpatients Building, and the main entrance of Christchurch Hospital.
Shuttles run every 15 minutes from:
All cafés located in DHB facilities are open as below: People are required to scan the QR code on the COVID Tracer App poster or if they don’t have the app, to sign the contract tracing sheet at the entrance to the cafe.
|Christchurch Hospital Campus:||Opening hours|
|Great Escape Café||Open 07:00am to 19:30pm|
|Willow Lane||Open 08:00am to 15:00pm|
|Kanuka and PeaBerry||Open 07:30am to 15:00pm|
Parkside and Christchurch Women’s Hospital Cafés
|07:30am to 15:00pm *Take-away only|
|Ashburton Hospital Café||Open 08:00am to 15:30pm|
|Hillmorton Avon Café||Open 08:00am to 15:00pm|
|Burwood Travis Courtyard Café||Open 08:00am to 15.30pm|
Our Infection Prevention and Control team continues to advise staff across the health system on ways to control the potential spread of infection, including enhanced cleaning protocols, isolation procedures and the correct use of personal protective equipment.
|Wednesday 22 September 2021||Canterbury DHB makes changes to (Christchurch Hospital) visiting hours|
|Tuesday 7 September 2021||Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting at its facilities under Delta Alert Level 2|
|Tuesday 31 August 2021||COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – access to healthcare and visitor restrictions in Canterbury|
|Saturday 21 August 2021||Free COVID testing is also available through many General Practices as well as at Community-based Testing Centres in Canterbury|
|Friday 20 August 2021||Canterbury DHB to pilot drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations for essential workers|
|Wednesday 18 August 2021||Accessing healthcare in Canterbury under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions|
|Wednesday 18 August 2021||Care still available for patients with acute eye conditions, eye injection appointments still going ahead|
|Wednesday 18 August 2021||Information for visitors and patients - Alert Level 4|
|Wednesday 30 June 2021||Vaccinations for Chatham Islanders to kick off tomorrow|
|Thursday 3 June 2021||You’re never too old to get protected|
|Thursday 6 May 2021||Canterbury COVID-19 vaccination rollout makes its way to Aged Residential Care facilities|
|Sunday 28 March 2021||COVID-19 vaccination booking system error|
|Sunday 7 March 2021||Visitor restrictions eased as Canterbury DHB hospitals, health centres and age-related residential care facilities return to Alert Level 1|
|Sunday 28 February 2021||Surgery and outpatient appointments to go ahead at Canterbury DHB facilities tomorrow|
|Tuesday 16 February 2021||Canterbury DHB – Changes to visiting at Alert Level 2|
|Sunday 14 February 2021||Surgery and outpatient appointments to go ahead at Canterbury DHB facilities tomorrow|
|Friday 6 November 2020||COVID-19 testing continues to be available for Cantabrians|
|Wednesday 4 November 2020||Second case in Canterbury visited the Chemist Warehouse|
|Tuesday 3 November 2020||Pop up COVID-19 testing tomorrow in car park at the Princess Margaret Hospital|
|Wednesday 23 September 2020||Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting at its facilities under Alert Level 1|
|Tuesday 18 August 2020||Bring your own mask when visiting the hospital|
|Friday 14 August 2020||Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting at its facilities under Alert Level 2|
|Thursday 13 August 2020||COVID-19 testing is being stepped up, but only for people with symptoms at this time|
|Wednesday 12 August 2020||Aged Residential Care Facilities following usual infectious disease protocols|
|Wednesday 12 August 2020||Infection Prevention advice for Cantabrians under COVID-19 Alert Level 2|
|Friday 10 August 2020||Christchurch COVID-19 pop-up testing centre open this Saturday 11 August 2020|
|Friday 19 June 2020||Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 for Canterbury DHB facilities|
|Thursday 4 June 2020||If you have the NZ COVID Tracer App, you’ll soon be able to scan as you enter Canterbury DHB facilities|
|Monday 2 June 2020||Cantabrians reminded to come to their outpatient or surgical appointments|
|Friday 15 May 2020||Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting at its hospitals and health centres under Alert Level 2|
|Thursday 14 May 2020||Get checked before you break out of your bubble and get jiggy (or do the jiggle wiggle)|
|Wednesday 6 May 2020||Changes to Burwood Hospital visiting|
|Wednesday 29 April 2020||Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 for Canterbury DHB facilities|
|Friday 17 April 2020||Canterbury DHB response to the upsetting news of a death of a former Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital resident|
|Wednesday 15 April 2020||Family voices speak volumes: Care of psychogeriatric dementia patients from the Rosewood cluster being cared for at Burwood Hospital|
|Wednesday 15 April 2020||More is not always better when it comes to PPE|
|Saturday 11 April 2020||Clarification on dementia, psychogeriatric level residents from Rosewood who were relocated to Burwood|
|Saturday 11 April 2020||Precautions in place to ensure safe transfer of hospital-level residents from Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital|
|Friday 10 April 2020||Additional 20 Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital hospital-level residents to be moved|
|Wednesday 8 April 2020||Important message from Canterbury GPs|
|Monday 6 April 2020||Canterbury DHB moves to support Rosewood Rest Home Dementia facility|
|Saturday 4 April 2020||Online form now available for expressions of interest to work in the health system|
|Friday 3 April 2020||Parents and caregivers urged to watch out for choking hazards|
|Tuesday 31 March 2020||52 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Canterbury|
|Friday 27 March 2020||A further twelve COVID-19 cases confirmed in Canterbury|
|Thursday 26 March 2020||A further ten COVID-19 cases and one probable confirmed in Canterbury over the past two days|
|Thursday 26 March 2020||COVID-19 Alert Level Four – Updated hospital and clinic visitor policy|
|Wednesday 25 March 2020||Christchurch Hospital Park and Ride Shuttle Service to be put on hold|
|Tuesday 24 March 2020||Another two cases of COVID-19 recorded in Canterbury|
|Tuesday 24 March 2020||Canterbury DHB postpones non-urgent surgeries and non-urgent outpatient appointments, to focus on the COVID-19 response|
|Tuesday 24 March 2020||Two further cases of COVID-19 in Canterbury|
|Sunday 22 March 2020||Third case of COVID-19 confirmed in Canterbury|
|Saturday 21 March 2020||Contextual information regarding airport handout given to disembarking passengers early in the COVID-19 outbreak|
|Friday 20 March 2020||Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Canterbury|
|Friday 20 March 2020||Temporary changes to limit visitor numbers at Canterbury DHB facilities|
|Sunday 15 March 2020||Passenger aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship berthed at Akaroa today being tested for COVID-19|
|Thursday 12 March 2020||If in doubt – don’t go out: Cantabrians urged to follow health advice when considering attending public events|
|Monday 27 January 2020||Canterbury DHB’s public health team providing advice on novel coronavirus to passengers arriving from Mainland China at Christchurch International Airport|
COVID-19 (formerly known as novel coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person through droplets. It has spread to every continent except Antarctica and over 170 countries and territories have laboratory-confirmed cases.
It appears that most cases identified to date have mild to moderate illness. In severe cases, though, the virus can cause pneumonia and severe acute respiratory infection.
If you are concerned about any COVID-19 symptoms you are experiencing, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.
More information about accessing healthcare can be found on www.uniteforrecovery.govt.nz
Public health staff are working with border agencies, hotel staff and Canterbury nurses to ensure New Zealand citizens and residents returning home are supported through their compulsory 14 days in managed isolation, have good information and to ensure appropriate controls are in place to stay well and minimise the risk of spreading or catching COVID-19.
Visit Unite Against COVID-19 - Travel and the border for more information.
Note: Covid-19 case numbers below were last updated on 23 February 2021. The case numbers below do not include current cases in managed isolation and quarantine in Canterbury, these cases can be found on the MOH Website).
|Ashburton District||Chatham Islands||Christchurch City||Hurunui District||Kaikōura District||Selwyn District||Waimakariri District||All Canterbury DHB|
Case numbers were last updated on 23 February 2021. Privacy statement: To protect the privacy of individuals we will not be providing any further information on individual cases.
Page last updated: 23 September 2021
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