Novel Coronavirus Covid-19

This information is effective from 3 December 2021 and was last updated at 5:30pm on 2 December 2021.

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, 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.

Under Red and Orange settings patients are restricted to one designated visitor or carer who must be vaccinated. If a carer is unvaccinated please contact the hospital prior to admission.

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Covid-19 Testing Requirement

Southern Cross North Harbour Hospital, Auckland

Southern Cross Brightside Hospital, Auckland

Southern Cross Auckland Surgical Centre

Southern Cross Gillies Hospital, Auckland


Patients required to provide a negative saliva test result on admission.

Southern Cross Rotorua Hospital


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A pre-admission Covid-19 test is not currently required.

Southern Cross Hamilton Hospital


A pre-admission Covid-19 test is not currently required. However, testing may be required on admission.

Southern Cross New Plymouth Hospital

Southern Cross Wellington Hospital

Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital

Southern Cross Invercargill Hospital


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A pre-admission Covid-19 test is not currently required.

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 pre-admission Covid-19 saliva test

Where there are cases of COVID-19 in the community, we are currently asking patients to take a Covid-19 test and bring their negative test results when they are admitted - by doing this you help keep our patients and staff safe.

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