Visitor restrictions lifted at Canterbury hospitals


Visiting hours at most Canterbury hospitals have reverted to pre-Covid hours.

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Visiting hours at most Canterbury hospitals have reverted to pre-Covid hours.

Canterbury’s hospitals are welcoming visitors again as the number of Covid-19 cases drops.

In a statement on Friday, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury said it had relaxed its visitor policy for all its facilities.

Visiting hours had returned to pre-Covid hours, except at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

“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,” Te Whatu Ora’s Beck Hickmott said.

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“There are still some restrictions in place and we do ask that you don’t visit if you are unwell.”

All visitors must wear a medical mask. One could be provided if required.

“This helps protects us all, as we care for very unwell and vulnerable members of our community,” Hickmott said.

Patients may now have more than one visitor – except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it could cause overcrowding.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit remained open to parents only, and only one parent or caregiver could attend appointments with their child at the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day Stay. Exceptions were by special arrangement only.



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