Nelson Marlborough Health prioritises the safety and privacy of patients, visitors and staff.

We ask visitors to follow common-sense rules to ensure that patients can rest and recover, and to ensure that other visitors are not disrupted.

GoodVisitor WebRules for visitors to Nelson Marlborough Health hospitals and other facilities

  • only visit if you are well – patients are vulnerable to contagious viruses and disease
  • photographs, video and audio recordings can only be taken with the permission of the patient, staff member and other people in the room. Ask first.
  • violence and threatening or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. Depending on the behaviour, people who break this rule will be warned or asked to leave. We will also call security staff or police.
  • respect other patients and visitors in shared rooms. Patients appreciate peace and quiet.
  •  ask medical staff first before offering food or beverages to a patient
  •  alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are not allowed
  • call in advance if wanting to visit a family member after 8.30pm
  • wait patiently for assistance from staff who may be busy attending to patients.

Nelson Marlborough Health is committed to providing a healthy environment for our patients, staff and visitors. This is why all of our facilities are smokefree.

This means you cannot smoke anywhere on-site – inside or out. This includes the use of e-cigarettes (vaping).

How will I cope being smokefree in hospital?

We have dedicated Quit Coaches who are available to start you on your smokefree journey and help you to stay smokefree.

If you do not want to stop smoking, our staff will support you to be smokefree while you are in hospital or other Nelson Marlborough Health facilities.

We can provide nicotine replacement therapy (eg patches or gum) to reduce the severity of some of the symptoms people experience when they can't smoke, such as cravings, irritability and restlessness. 

Want help to quit smoking?

We know that most people who smoke want to quit and that it can be a hard journey. Talking to your doctor, nurse, midwife or the 24-hour Quitline about your smoking is a great first step.​

We also have two free services for people in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions that are designed to give you the best chance of becoming, and staying, smokefree.

Find out more about help with quitting smoking