All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. For more information about visiting: Visitors and family. See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

See West Coast COVID-19 vaccination clinics for info on vaccinations link COVID-19 Vaccination • West Coast • Healthpoint

Last updated:
16 September 2022

Fewer visitor restrictions now apply

For visitors to all facilities (effective from and last updated on 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

West Coast Pānui – 11 November 2022

West Coast DHB’s own newsletter.

In this edition of the West Coast Pānui, 

Kupu Arataki – Introduction

  • Te Pae Tata (our opportunity) – the interim New Zealand Health Plan
  • Transfer of roles to Te Aka Whai Ora
  • Code of Expectations
  • It’s easier to take care of others when you feel well yourself
  • Quiz – Human Anatomy 101

Ā mātou tāngata – Our people

  • Little test that could save your life!
  • West Coast rural generalist takes out prestigious award
  • Whānau Ora kaimahi graduate with flying colours
  • Top of the class in te reo Māori learning programme
  • One minute with…Kim Hughes, Acting Practice Manager, Reefton Health
  • Photo Board
    • Buller Health welcomes new manager
    • Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre’s whare karakia available to everyone
    • Te Aka Whai Ora Chief Executive Riana Manual visits the West Coast
    • Celebrating Te Wiki o te reo Māori
    • Takiwā Poutini Partnership Charter signing
    • New Buller Health facility from above

Ā mātou kōrero – Our stories

  • Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast’s COVID-19 vaccination programme winds down with primary care continuing to lead on vaccinations
  • Kai Puku Food Hub set up in Hokitika
  • Understanding MPX (monkeypox)
  • Harkness Fellowships
  • Introducing the Equally Well SEE US campaign
  • Whakamihi – Bouquets

Pānui – Notices  

    • 2023 Public Health Summer School
    • Health Quality & Safety Commission E-digest Issue #13, 21 October 2022
    • eCald 81st News edition, November 2022
    • Quiz answers
    • When an earthquake happens


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