Following an increase in viral respiratory illness being seen in the community, Canterbury DHB has made changes to
visiting for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals today – effective immediately.
Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Helen Skinner says there is currently increased demand for the DHB’s
hospital-based services due to a rise in patients presenting with respiratory illness and we need to do whatever we can
to prevent the spread of illness in our facilities.
“For that reason, we are requesting that people only visit Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals for essential purposes
only and stay home if they are unwell.
“We request that only one person at a time comes in to visit, and that no children come in to visit our hospitals.
Exceptions will be made on compassionate grounds, and should be discussed with the nurse in charge of the area you want
“Mask use is currently essential on public transport, including the hospital shuttle, and we’re recommending people also wear a mask
or other face covering (it can be a fabric mask or scarf but must cover your nose and mouth) when visiting our
facilities” says Dr Skinner.
These changes are in place until further notice while there are a number of viruses circulating and our hospitals are at
capacity. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we all work to protect our vulnerable patients and staff.
Anyone with planned surgery or an outpatient appointment should still turn up as planned – if there’s any change to your
appointment, we’ll contact you directly.Summary of key changes for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals:Visiting is restricted to one person at a time per patient, for essential purposes only.People should stay home if they’re unwell.Children are not permitted to visit, unless an exception has been granted by the relevant Charge Nurse of the ward being
visited, until further notice.It is recommended that anyone visiting wears a face mask or other face covering.
Canterbury District Health Board
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the
Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs
Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch
City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and
disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and
protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.