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.
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.
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.
Sterilising services – decontamination, packing, and sterilisation of equipment for centres and facilities in the West Coast
Diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy (gastroscopy, & colonoscopy)
Planned surgical procedures in different specialties:
General surgery, i.e. hernia repair, & gall bladder removal
Orthopaedics, i.e. joint replacement, & carpal tunnel release
Gynaecology, i.e. hysterectomy, & tubal ligation
Dental treatment for adults and children
Urology, i.e. prostate and bladder treatment procedures
Plastic surgery, i.e. removal of skin lesion and skin cancer
Emergency surgical procedures such as caesarean section, & appendicectomy
Pre Anaesthetic clinic
Insertion of lines for antibiotics & chemotherapy
Epidural service, i.e. for labour
Day surgery unit – same day admission and discharge for surgical procedures
General Practitioner – If required, a GP may refer the health consumer to a Surgical Specialty Provider (i.e. orthopaedic surgeon).
Specialty Clinic – To receive a procedure from a specialty clinic, the health consumer can see the Surgeon or Surgical Specialty Provider and if requiring a procedure will be put on the waiting list.
Central Booking Unit – The Central Booking Unit coordinates with Perioperative Services to arrange dates for surgery for patients on the waiting list. They contact the patients to offer them a surgery date.
Emergency Department – Health consumers requiring emergency surgery present to ED first before entering the perioperative service.
Oncology Service – Health consumers requiring a line for chemotherapy medication are referred from the Oncology Service to the Anaesthetic Department
District Nurses – Health consumers requiring care in the community are referred to the District Nurses.