COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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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.

Condoms? Vasectomy? Options for healthy sex and contraception

There are a few options for men’s contraception and sexual health, including using condoms or getting a vasectomy.

Some of these options are better than others depending on your situation.

Condoms best in conjunction with female contraception such as the contraceptive pill. This minimises the chances of unexpected pregnancy or a sexually-transmitted infection (STI).

Discover resources with explanations of different contraception methods, and The Man’s Manual for safe healthy sex.

Page last updated: 27 November 2018

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