This information is effective from Monday 24 January 2022 and was last updated at 10am on Monday 24 January 2022.

The safety, health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and medical specialists are of utmost importance to us.

Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) everyone coming to our hospitals is required to scan in with the Government Tracer app (or paper equivalent), wear a mask/face covering and practice good hand hygiene.

All people entering our hospitals are required to be vaccinated for Covid-19 and show their Vaccination Pass, with the exception of patients. Patients may be asked their Covid-19 vaccination status to help us support their care; however we will not use a patient’s unvaccinated status as a reason to deny them access to care at our hospitals. Where shared rooms are used, you will only share a room with someone on the same vaccination status as yourself.


Under Red settings, patients cannot receive visitors. However, where a carer is needed, for example a parent of a child patient, this must be restricted to one designated carer who must be vaccinated. If a carer is unvaccinated please contact the hospital prior to admission.

Traffic light system (currently under review)

Southern Cross Hospital


Covid-19 Testing Requirement

Gillies Hospital, Auckland


Patients required to provide a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on admission.
Please refer to the details below.

North Harbour Hospital, Auckland

Brightside Hospital, Auckland

Auckland Surgical Centre

Hamilton Hospital

Rotorua Hospital

New Plymouth Hospital

Wellington Hospital

Christchurch Hospital

Invercargill Hospital


A rapid antigen test will become part of the admission process for some patients.
Please refer to the details below.

For all people entering our hospitals

  • Symptoms: Anyone, including 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.
  • At risk scenarios: You must not have been at a ‘location of interest’ shared by the Ministry of Health, or be self-isolating, or have been working in a quarantine facility, or have been working on our borders over the last 14 days. You should also not have had close contact with someone who has the above history.
  • Contacts: 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, or been to a Location of Interest, or awaiting a Covid-19 test result.

For patients requiring a PCR Covid-19 test - Southern Cross Gillies Hospital only

We are asking patients undergoing some procedures at Southern Cross Gillies Hospital to obtain a negative PCR Covid-19 test, and bring their negative test results when they are admitted. This is a safety precaution for patients and our staff.

  • Your medical specialist will advise you with specific Covid-19 testing instructions regarding your admission in the Covid-19 Protection Framework.
  • Where you are asked for a PCR Saliva Test, information on booking a PCR Saliva Test can be found at the following link:
  • If you have been advised to obtain a PCR Nasopharyngeal test, testing locations can be found here.

For patients requiring a rapid antigen test on admission

A rapid antigen test has recently been approved by the Ministry of Health as a Covid-19 screening tool. We will be using these for selected patients, and in some cases carers. These tests will be administered by a Southern Cross Hospital nurse as part of your admission process and involve a simple front of nose swab.

Further information about Covid-19

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