COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information about changes at hospitals and health centres can be found at


Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

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 level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Community Services Card = cheaper GP fees

Community Services Card

Many general practices charge lower fees if you have a Community Services Card (CSC).

If you have a CSC, the most you will pay at participating health clinics is:

  • $18.50 for an adult standard visit
  • $12.50 for someone 14 to 17 years old, whose parent or caregiver has a CSC

Things to remember

  • Not all clinics offer cheaper fees for CSC holders. Call your local GP to find out
  • You have to be enrolled at a clinic to take advantage of lower fees for CSC holders
  • If you are eligible for a Community Services Card and don’t yet have one, you should be sent one automatically. Contact Work and Income if you haven’t received a card
  • Children under 14 don't need a CSC because they all get free appointments

Find out more about Community Services Cards and whether you are eligible at Work and Income.

Page last updated: 4 December 2018

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