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.

Learn about palliative care options for you or your loved ones

Palliative care is care for a person of any age who has a life-limiting illness. It isn't only for older people, and it isn't limited to hospital settings.

Palliative care is provided in the community, in hospices, and in hospitals by a wide range of healthcare professionals. It involves supporting and helping people to live as comfortably and fully as possible.

The Ministry of Health has information about available services and what they provide.

Page last updated: 27 November 2018

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