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.

How to safely dispose of old medicines or used sharps such as needles and insulin pens

Expired medicines and sharps such as insulin pens for safe disposal

Expired medicines and sharps such as insulin pens for safe disposal

Keeping surplus and expired medication or used sharps at home can be dangerous – they could be found by a child, taken inappropriately, or by the wrong person. Used medical sharps such as needles, lancets and allergy or insulin pens could cause an injury.

None of the above belong in your household rubbish or recycling bins – but you can dispose of them safely through most community pharmacies.

To use the community pharmacy medicines and sharps disposal service:

  • Talk to your community pharmacy first to confirm they support this initiative as it’s voluntary.
  • Ask them how to bring medication or package used sharps so you can take them to your pharmacy and dispose them safely.
  • Note: This service is free for general public in Canterbury.


Page last updated: 14 February 2019

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