Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelinesCOVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
9th April 2022

  • For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:
    • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
    • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
    • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
    • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

    By adhering to these conditions, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

    Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

    • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit
    • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them
    • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens Hospital. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments, no children are allowed to visit.
    • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
    • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted, following a supervised negative RAT result)
    • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
    • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

    Exceptions for people with disabilities

    An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

    Face covering exemption cards

    The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

    Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

    Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

    More COVID-19 information

Canterbury Health Laboratories

Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) is a Pathology service provider in New Zealand.

As one of two reference laboratories within New Zealand, we work collaboratively with a wide variety of partners across Health and other sectors locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Pathology is a significant medical specialty, and pathology services are an integral part of any patient journey. Our place in this journey ranges from providing critical information to clinical partners for diagnosis, treatment or monitoring to participation in research to shape the future delivery of health services. 

At Canterbury Health Laboratories our clinical pathologists are supported by an extensive team of scientists, scientific officers, technicians, phlebotomists and support staff, working collaboratively with our colleagues in the wider system to deliver health care to our communities together through our wide range of routine and specialist pathology services.  

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