HOSPITAL VISITING

Hospital visiting guidelines updated 16 September 2022: Hospital visitors must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are not acceptable.  See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info on vaccinations.

Last updated:
16 September 2022

Fewer visitor restrictions now apply

For visitors to all facilities effective from 16 September 2022

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other visitors safe.

Kia whakahaumaru te whānau, me ngā iwi katoa – this is to keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients in single rooms may have more than one visitor while patients in multi-bed rooms can have one visitor only per patient to ensure there is no overcrowding.
  • People can have one or two support people to accompany them to outpatients appointments.
  • Women in labour in a birthing suite, in Te Nīkau Hospital’s Maternity Ward and in Buller’s Kawatiri Maternity Unit can have the usual support people, subject to space, for the duration of their stay in our facilities.
  • Eating or drinking at the bedside is at the discretion of the Clinical Nurse Manager. Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

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.

Mask wearing

  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all sites, except in counselling, mental health and addiction services where it’s on a case-by-case agreement with patients. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one. In higher-risk environments, people, including young children, may not be able to visit if they cannot wear a mask.
  • Any member of the public with a mask exemption is welcome in all our facilities when attending to receive health care and *treatment. Please show your mask exemption card and appointment letter to staff at the entrance. *Treatment includes coming into the Emergency Department, outpatient appointments, surgery or a procedure.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People are able to visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

You must NOT visit our facilities if you

  • are COVID-19 positive
  • are unwell. Please stay home if you have a tummy bug or cold or flu/COVID-19-like symptoms (even if you’ve tested negative for COVID-19).

Te Whatu Ora West Coast Aged Residential Care facilities

Visitors are welcome at our Aged Care Residential facilities, subject to the space available. All visitors must wear a surgical mask.

More COVID-19 information

Document Library

Our latest key plans and reports are listed at the top of this page, other recent documents are listed by date under these documents. 

Use the search menu (left) to apply a filter to list other documents published by the West Coast DHB, including our annual reports, annual plans and strategic plans. Each document has a document type, a summary, and topics and tags associated with it.

You can apply the search menu filters including date range, document types and topics, and also use the links on document pages to find groups of related documents.

Statement of Service Performance

20 documents for "Plan".

Career & Professional Development Plan (Nursing) – 2020 (Printer friendly)

  • Date: 8 Aug 2019
  • Document Type:
  • ID: CarProfDevlpmtPlanNursing-2020-Word

Career planning is a continuous process of self-reflection and goal setting. This plan will help you to identify your short and long term career aspirations, as well as any professional development that you might need to undertake in order to achieve these goals. Any career aspiration should align with organisational priorities and should be reflected in your regular performance review discussions with your line manager.

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More informationDownload pdf (200 KB)

Career & Professional Development Plan (Nursing) – 2020 (Computer typable)

  • Date: 8 Aug 2019
  • Document Type:
  • ID: CarProfDevlpmtPlanNursing-2020-Word

Career planning is a continuous process of self-reflection and goal setting. This plan will help you to identify your short and long term career aspirations, as well as any professional development that you might need to undertake in order to achieve these goals. Any career aspiration should align with organisational priorities and should be reflected in your regular performance review discussions with your line manager.

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More informationDownload docx (285 KB)

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2014 – 2017

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2014-2017

More informationDownload pdf (4MB)

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2013 – 2016

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2013-2016

More informationDownload pdf (4MB)

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2012 – 2013

South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2012-2013

More informationDownload pdf (2MB)

Tobaco Control Plan 2008 – 2011

The West Coast has a higher percentage of smokers than the New Zealand average, with
25.7% of residents identified as regular smokers. The West Coast DHB has identified smoking
cessation as a key priority to improve the health and well-being of its residents. The West
Coast Smokefree DHB Programme is designed to provide leadership in tobacco control,
implement systems and strategies that support and advocate smokefree lifestyles, and to
support and encourage all health providers to establish and maintain smokefree premises and
services.

This plan provides an outline of the West Coast environment, an overview of the current
smoking rates and exposure of West Coast children to second hand smoke, a stock take of
current smoking cessation services, the key issues, gaps and needs in the provision of
smokefree services, people and environments, the key target groups for smoking cessation
and an action plan for the West Coast Smokefree DHB Programme. Lastly, recommendations
are outlined for the provision of smoking cessation services across the West Coast.

More informationDownload pdf (208KB)

WISE Board Plan Revised

  • Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Document Type:

The West Coast DHB’s 10-year plan for older persons services is an innovative and exciting change in focus for older persons’ services that we hope will make it easier for older people to stay fit and healthy and to get the health and support services they need.

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