Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but do need to scan in, and wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at RED according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
23 January 2022

The following visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  1. All visitors need to scan in using the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide their contact details
  2. If you’re using the COVID-19 Tracer App, please ensure Bluetooth tracing is turned on
  3. All visitors must wear a surgical/medical mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable
  4. All visitors are expected to practice safe physical distancing. You should remain two metres away from people you don’t know
  5. Everyone, including visitors should practise good hand hygiene
  6. Visitors who are unwell should not be entering our facilities.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information:

COVID-19 tests

You can be tested for COVID-19 at your General Practice or at a community based testing centre (CBTC).

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 CBTC testing centre. You can drive-up or walk-in. Please wear a mask when you come to any testing centre. Testing is free, unless you require a test for travel overseas (see below).

Community Based Testing Centres in Christchurch and Canterbury:

Orchard Road CBTC (near Airport)

174 Orchard Road, (Off Harewood Road), Christchurch.
Open 9am-4pm, (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week until further notice. (Walk-in/no referral required).

Whānau Ora Community Clinic CBTC (Wainoni),

250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch.
Open 9am-3:30pm, (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week. (Walk-in/no referral required)

Ashburton Hospital site CBTC

28 Elizabeth Street, Ashburton hospital site.
Open 10am-2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday *except for public holidays as listed below.
*Note: please enter via Driveway D, not the main entrance to the hospital. While this is a Drive In testing facility, and people arriving in cars is preferred, walk-ins can be accommodated. 

Note: No on-demand or walk-in COVID-19 testing is being carried out at Christchurch Hospital.

Do you know your NHI number?
If heading to one of the testing centres, please take your NHI number with you, as it will help speed things up.

  • Your NHI or National Health Index number can be found on prescription receipts, a medicine bottle, hospital letters and your GP’s patient portal.
  • Your NHI will have 3 letters and 4 numbers eg. ABC1234
  • It’s not essential – but will save administration time if you have it with you.

Tip// A handy place to store your NHI number is in your phone contacts – useful for future reference.

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.

Community Based Testing Centres are not able to perform COVID-19 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  

Page last updated: 17 January 2022

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