| 08 Aug 2022

Update: Visitor restrictions will ease at the Timaru Hospital from 2pm today, 10 August 2022.


Te Whatu Ora – South Canterbury have extended the temporary visiting suspension at the Timaru Hospital until 2pm on Wednesday 10 August 2022 due to COVID-19 exposure events.

There have been a number of patients and staff across our wards test positive for COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our staff, patients and visitors we have extended the restriction for a further 48 hours.

The following exceptions apply:

  • Children’s and maternity wards: one visitor at a time with a maximum of two visitors per day between 2pm - 8pm
  • Maternity services: two support partners in the birthing suite
  • Compassionate grounds: visiting will be available on compassionate grounds, please arrange this with the ward’s Charge Nurse Manager before you come to hospital.

We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that exposure events are contained. Patients are being closely monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Our staff are doing an outstanding job given the continued high occupancy levels in the Timaru Hospital. We commend our staff for their effort and dedication to patients and their community.

We apologise for the inconvenience these restrictions cause for patients and their whanau.

Attribute to Lisa Blackler, Director Patient Nursing & Midwifery.


Media contact:

Karen Berry, Communications Manager
Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
South Canterbury
021 139 7442