COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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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.

Emergency dental care: Where to go

Acute dental problems during COVID-19 Alert Level 4

There are significant restrictions on the types of dental treatment that are able to be provided while the Covid-19 virus poses a threat.

Anyone with an acute dental problem in Canterbury or the West Coast can phone 0800 846 983 or email (8am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri) for assistance.

After your call, a dentist or dental therapist will make contact to determine what treatment is needed and make appropriate arrangements. 

If you or a family member has a very painful toothache or an injury to your teeth or gums, get help as soon as possible.

For serious problems that occur after hours or on weekends, you may need to contact an after-hours dentist, see below.

Some hospitals can deal with dental emergencies, but this should be your last option. You will likely have to follow up with a dentist later.

The Ministry of Health also has some tips on how to get emergency dental care.

After Hours & Emergency Dentists in Christchurch

The following dentists in Christchurch are open late night, and some weekends and public holidays for emergency dental appointments.

  • See each dentists website for more and information about their specific late night/weekend opening hours.
  • Please phone the dentist to book a dental appointment.

G & E Dental, Christchurch, Rolleston, Rangiora, Ashburton
Phone: 0800 433 368

Garden City Dental, Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
Phone: 03 379 6222

Loxo Dental, Papanui, Christchurch
Phone: 03 354 9549

Pathway Dental, 91 Riccarton Road, Christchurch
Phone: 03 366 8866

Team Dental Riccarton, Christchurch
Phone: 03 341 1122

Page last updated: 9 April 2020

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