Hospital visit update

Changes to visitor rules at Ashburton Hospital after country moves to Orange covid setting.

An adult visitor and a child over the age of 12 can now visit a patient in care at Ashburton Hospital.

It follows as the Canterbury District Health Board has updated its visitor policy following changes to the orange traffic light setting.

Visitors are also welcomed back for residents in care at Tuarangi Home, with covid screening checks in place.

Canterbury DHB Emergency Co-ordination Centre incident controller Tracey Maisey said the updates applied to visitor policy across all facilities to be consistent with the recent change to the Orange traffic light setting.

It recognised Canterbury has passed the peak of this Omicron outbreak, she said.

The changes mean 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 for

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.

Wearing a facemask is required at all district health board facilities.

Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all Canterbury DHB sites, unless eating or drinking or medically exempt, and will be provided if people don’t have them.

Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

Visitors are no longer required to scan or sign in, but can if they want. Visitor passes are no longer needed, nor is proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status (it was never required).

“For areas where patients are particularly vulnerable, you may be asked to take a supervised RAT that shows a negative result before you may visit,” she said.

“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.”

At Canterbury DHB-operated aged residential care facilities such as Tuarangi Home, in Ashburton, one visitor per patient at a time being accompanied by an adult.

“All visitors will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms and must wear a medical mask.”

At Ashburton Hospital all usual entrances are now open. It’s one┬ávisitor per patient at a time where a child over 12 is being accompanied by an adult. Children must be aged 12 and over and must wear a medical mask.

Visitor passes are no longer required at Ashburton Hospital.

Ashburton Hospital visiting hours are 11am to 2pm, and 4pm to 8pm daily.