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Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Eight of the most common ways kids get injured

Childhood injuries are common. Thankfully most of these are minor. But every year in New Zealand children are badly injured or die in accidents.

Learn what you can do to help prevent your children getting injured with these eight Kidshealth factsheets.

Quick tips:

  • Use fences and barriers to stop children getting near cars or water
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so kids can't grab them
  • Hot tap water should be between 50 and 55 degrees
  • Use booster seats in cars until your child is 148cm tall
  • Check multiple times for kids before starting a car and while reversing
  • Supervise children around cars
  • Call the New Zealand National Poisons Centre immediately on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766) if you think your child is poisoned
  • Make sure children wear safety gear on bikes, scooters, skates and skate boards

Page last updated: 28 November 2018

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