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.

Persistent and chronic pain: What to do

Persistent pain is pain that continues past the time you were expected to recover from an injury or illness, generally longer than three months. It is also called chronic pain, and it can affect any part of your body.

This pain could be caused by an injury or medical condition, but it doesn't go away even after the condition that caused it has healed.

Persistent pain can make it hard to do normal things, exercise, work, and maintain relationships.

The good news

The good news is there are ways to treat or manage your pain.

These tools can help you identify chronic pain, answer common questions, and inform you about some medication options.

Page last updated: 27 November 2018

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