Hospital visiting guidelines updated 20 July 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for detailed information about hospital visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests and care in the community advice. See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for information about vaccinations.
We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework
9th April 2022
Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:
By sticking to the rules above, 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
Visiting patients with COVID-19
You must NOT visit the hospital if you
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.
Everyone visiting our facilities must wear a mask, no exceptions
While we appreciate that some people have legitimate reasons for being exempt from wearing a mask and may even have an official card to confirm this, people who cannot or will not wear a mask cannot visit someone in hospital or attend hospital, other than to access healthcare. This is another measure to minimise the risk to vulnerable patients.
Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.
More COVID-19 information
Musculoskeletal pathology includes the study of disorders of bones and joints, and the ‘soft tissues’ (such as muscle, fat, tendons and so on). In particular we specialise in tumours of these tissues, including benign (non-cancerous) and malignant tumours (cancers).
In the musculoskeletal system, cancers are collectively called sarcoma. Sarcoma affects people of all ages including newborns and we diagnose tumours in all age groups. Christchurch hosts the sarcoma centre for the South Island, and is one of only two bone tumour units in the country. Our pathologists report and review sarcoma cases from across the region and attend the weekly sarcoma multidisciplinary meeting held at Christchurch Hospital.
Meet the Musculoskeletal Pathology team: