| 24 Mar 2020


The South Canterbury DHB will be adopting a no-visitors policy from midnight on 25 March, with only a few notable exceptions.

The exceptions include a nominated person who is supporting a terminal patient through end of life care, a parent/guardian who is supporting a child, and one named support person per women for the duration of a birth. The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply is at the Charge Nurse Manager’s or another lead clinician’s discretion.

In all exceptions, where a visitor is allowed to access the hospital, appropriate screening will take place before they are allowed to enter the care environment to ensure they are well, have clean hands.

This measure, as with all current COVID-19-related measures, is to ensure the safety of patients and staff by minimising avoidable contact and the potential for spread.