Novel Coronavirus Covid-19
This information is effective from Friday 31 December 2021 and was last updated at 12:30pm on 22 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 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 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.
Traffic light system
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
New Plymouth 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: www.rakoscience.com/book
- 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.