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Waitaha Canterbury Hospitals relax visitor restrictions

Wednesday, September 21, 2022   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: health, services

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury has relaxed its visitor policy across all its facilities.

Key changes include:

  • Visiting hours for our facilities have returned to pre COVID-19 hours, except for Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
  • All visitors must wear a medical mask.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.

Some departments still have restricted visitor policies:

  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has parent-only visiting.
  • One parent/caregiver can attend a appointment with their child at Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay. Exceptions are by special arrangement only.

Find out about the full visiting guidelines at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury facilities.

Senior Responsible Officer for Seasonal Pressures Becky Hickmott says with COVID-19 case numbers reducing, the decision has been made to relax restrictions for visitors to Waitaha Canterbury facilities.

“You must still wear a surgical/medical mask in our facilities and masks will be provided if you don’t have one. This helps protects us all, as we care for very unwell and vulnerable members of our community,” says Becky Hickmott.

“We know these past two years have been especially tough for patients and their families and we are pleased to be able to relax our rules for visitors.

“There are still some restrictions in place and we do ask that you don’t visit if you are unwell. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”