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.

Here’s how to get free dentist visits

All kids and teenagers in New Zealand can get free dental care up until their 18th birthday. The Ministry of Health has some info on how to enrol your child and what care they are eligible for.

Some treatments such as braces and orthodontics are not covered by publicly-funded dental care.

Free services include:

  • Regular check-ups
  • X-rays to find tooth decay, holes, and other problems that can’t be seen
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Fissure sealants to protect vulnerable teeth from tooth decay
  • Cleaning off plaque, stains and tartar
  • Fillings
  • Removing badly decayed teeth

Page last updated: 28 November 2018

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