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.

New to Canterbury? ​Register with a General Practice team for your health care needs

When settling in Canterbury you need to register with a General Practice team. This team will become your first point of contact for health advice and care.

Once registered you can also call your General Practice Team 24 hours a day seven days a week, for free health care advice. After-hours your call will be answered by a registered nurse who can advise on what to do, and where to go if you need to be seen by a doctor.

For after-hours care there are three clinics in Christchurch you can visit. They are equipped to provide urgent medical care, treat fractures, broken bones, wound care, minor surgery and more..

You can find out more in this brochure, New to Canterbury? Register with a General Practice team for your health care needs (440KB)

Page last updated: 3 December 2018

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