Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19

The information on this page was last updated: (4.30pm) 22 February 2021

We are in Alert Level 1 throughout New Zealand.

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 viruses.

Before explaining our ongoing response, we would like to make sure that everyone is aware of vital precautions that are in place - and which affect your access to our hospitals. 

What it looks like for our hospitals: Alert Level 1 precautions

Although we do not have patient visitor restrictions in our hospitals at Alert Level 1, we require visitors not to come to our facilities if they feel unwell or have any of the symptoms or contact history outlined below.  This requirement will be strictly enforced.  In addition, please use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser which will be available at the hospital entrance, prior to coming into our hospitals.  This will enable us to keep everyone who visits or works there safe. Each of our hospitals provide useful information for visitors (specific to their facilities) and the contact details for our hospitals can be accessed here.  

Standard processes for controlled access by contractors, suppliers and any other visitors continues. 

In recognition of the continued risk of COVID-19, please enter our hospitals only if:

  • you are well upon entering the hospital and do not have any respiratory infection symptoms which include any of the following: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold symptoms (runny nose, sneezing), loss of sense of smell or a fever OR you are awaiting a respiratory virus test
  • you have not returned from any overseas country within the past 14 days OR work in quarantine OR are self-isolating
  • you have not had close contact with someone who has the above travel or work history within the last 14 days
  • you have not had close contact with someone with current confirmed or probable COVID-19 OR other respiratory infection in the last 14 days.

If there are any concerns that you do not meet the screening criteria:

  • if you are a patient, for the safety of yourself and others, your surgery may be deferred
  • for all other visitors, you will be declined entry.  

I have been assessed and may be at risk of developing infection. What do I do?

The Ministry of Health is advising individuals who have been assessed as potentially at risk, based on travel or contact history, to ‘self-isolate’ at home. There is more information on this available via the Ministry of Health website: Self Isolation

You are also advised to phone Healthline where you can get additional support and advice: 0800 358 5453

Keep track of the places you visit

We would encourage you to record your visit to our hospitals using the Government Tracer App, the QR code is prominently displayed in our hospitals. 

The NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app that allows you to create a digital diary of places you visit by scanning the official QR codes. This will help contact tracers to quickly identify and isolate anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if there is a further outbreak in New Zealand.

You can find out more or download the App here.

A focus on your safety

We want to reassure everyone visiting a Southern Cross hospital that we have robust systems and planned processes in place to protect the public at this anxious time.

We continue to prioritise the health and safety of our patients and families, employees, medical specialists and suppliers as part of the wider effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within New Zealand, including monitoring the situation closely so that we can react quickly to any changes.

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

For more detailed information about the virus and how you can protect yourself, you can refer to Ministry of Health resources available at: Q&As or the Ministry of Health Facebook page at: