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.

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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

Nursing & Midwifery

A message of welcome, by our Director of Nursing

Thank you for accessing the West Coast Nursing and Midwifery website section. 
A considerable amount of thought has gone into deciding what to put in and what to leave out; a challenge when there is so much to say about working as a health professional on the West Coast.
I hope that the information you are looking for is here. However, if there is further or different information that you seek please contact us.

438 nurses (266 FTE) and 22 midwives (10.5 FTE) work for Te Whatu Ora West Coast. Midwives and nurses provide specialised support to people from birth and early childhood/family care, health promotion, screening and preventative intervention, acute care, rehabilitation, palliation and terminal care.

Nurses and midwives provide a 24 hours / 7 days a week service.

Everywhere you go you’ll find nurses and midwives – in hospitals and homes, community & health services, rest homes & aged care facilities, General Practices, schools and worksites. They provide care to people across the lifespan, across the continuums of health and illness, and right along the length of the coast from Karamea to Haast.

Midwives and nurses work to a set of standards laid out in the professional codes of conduct and are regulated through the New Zealand Midwifery and Nursing Councils. 
They work within a health care team and with families and communities to provide assessment, identifying health care needs and then working to a plan of care to meet these needs.

rural serviceNurses and midwives work with individuals, families and the health care team to monitor the outcomes of care to ensure a good quality of service.

The Director of Nursing is responsible for professional oversight of the nursing workforce, to ensure its members work to the standards laid down by their respective professional bodies. This is done by working with nurses, midwives and other health professionals, managers and health care consumers, assessing what needs to be done; for example, with service provision or education and developing a plan to achieve the goals that ensure quality improvement.

Te Whatu Ora West Coast is a great place to work, it offers midwives and nurses opportunities to work to the full potential of their scope of practice and develop excellent generalist skills.

Moreover the search for new and different ways of providing care in this rural place promises an exciting future. I hope this website section will provide you with a snap shot of what we are doing on the Coast and what a career in nursing or midwifery on the Coast may offer you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Holly Mason
Director of Nursing

Page last updated: 27 November 2023

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