Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

This information was last updated (effective 12.00pm) on Monday 26 July 2021.

All of New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level 1

If you are coming into a Southern Cross hospital as a patient, we want you to know that we remain aware of the continued risk regarding COVID-19 and, as we navigate between Alert Levels, we are constantly reviewing our situation. We understand that our people, our patients and the wider public will still have concerns about being exposed to the virus.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

As well as COVID-19 there is an increased amount of sickness in our community currently with a high rate of respiratory viruses circulating. One of these viruses, RSV, is of particular concern to young children and the elderly and can cause severe illness (although generally just causes cold symptoms in most adults). As a result of this seasonal trend, we have introduced some additional restrictions on children visiting our hospitals. These are outlined below.


Patients

  • Patients should not to come to our facilities if they feel unwell or have any of the following respiratory infection symptoms: a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, nasal drip), muscle aches or fatigue, loss of sense of smell or a fever OR you are awaiting a respiratory virus test.
  • Additional requirements for children: Children who develop symptoms (including a runny nose) 2-4 days prior to admission may have their admission deferred until they are symptom free. Children must also not have the following symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or any gastroenteritis symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea).
  • Overseas Travel: You must not have returned from any overseas country within the past 14 days OR work involving international aircraft, vessel or port or quarantine facilities OR have been in any ‘location of interest’ determined by the Ministry of Health OR are self-isolating. You should also not have had close contact with someone who has the above travel or work history within the last 14 days.
  • COVID-19: You should not enter our facilities if you have had close contact with someone with current, confirmed or probable COVID-19 OR other respiratory infection in the last 14 days.
  • Record your visit using the Government Tracer App. You will find the QR code prominently displayed in our hospitals. Download the app here.
  • Please use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser which will be available at the hospital entrance, prior to coming into our hospitals.


Visitors

  • We ask that you do not bring children under 10 years old to visit at this time unless this has been preapproved by the hospital General Manager.
  • Visitors should not come to our facilities if they feel unwell or have any of the following respiratory infection symptoms: a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, nasal drip), muscle aches or fatigue, loss of sense of smell or a fever OR you are awaiting a respiratory virus test.
  • Overseas Travel: You must not have returned from any overseas country within the past 14 days OR work involving international aircraft, vessel or port or quarantine facilities OR have been in any ‘location of interest’ determined by the Ministry of Health OR are self-isolating. You should also not have had close contact with someone who has the above travel or work history within the last 14 days.
  • COVID-19: You should not enter facilities if you have had close contact with someone with current, confirmed or probable COVID-19 OR other respiratory infection in the last 14 days.
  • Record your visit using the Government Tracer App. You will find the QR code prominently displayed in our hospitals. Download the app here.
  • Please use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser which will be available at the hospital entrance, prior to coming into our hospitals.


The Government's official COVID-19 advisory website offers a comprehensive and reliable information resource.