COVID-19 Response

If you are coming into Ormiston Hospital as a patient, we want you to know that we remain aware of the continued risk regarding COVID-19 and we are constantly reviewing our situation.

For further information on our visiting policy during Covid-19, please call 0800 467 647.

Everyone coming to Ormiston Hospital is required to:

  • practise good hand hygiene
  • whilst mask wearing is no longer mandated, we still recommend wearing a mask if you are more comfortable. Please respect staff, visitors and patients if they choose to wear a mask.

Patient / carer testing requirements

Testing patients for Covid-19 is an important part of the care we provide, because Covid-19 can increase the complications associated with surgical procedures.

We currently use rapid antigen tests (RATs) as a means of testing for Covid-19. These are readily available, making pre-admission testing straightforward for patients.

Hospital staff will administer a RAT as part of the admission process once you arrive at the hospital.

Patients staying longer than one night that become symptomatic will be RAT and if they test positive we will help facilitate an early discharge.

For patients and carers entering Ormiston Hospital

Symptoms: No one, including patients, should come to our facilities if they feel unwell or have any of the following respiratory infection symptoms:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • a sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • head cold symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, nasal drip)
  • muscle aches or fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell
  • a fever

Current or recent infection: If you have had Covid-19 in the last 2 months, please advise the hospital as you will need to undergo a specialist assessment to make sure you are fit for surgery. This will take into account the urgency of your surgery and how well you have recovered, but could potentially result in a delay of 4-8 weeks after infection.

If surgery is to proceed:

  • It must be at least 7 days after your positive result; and
  • You must have no symptoms; and
  • You must complete rapid antigen testing as advised by the hospital.

Although there is no longer a mandatory standdown period, the MOH still advises patients to stay home for 5 days after testing positive/onset of symptoms.

Note: If your infection occurred within 28 days of your admission, you will not need to complete rapid antigen testing as part of your admission process. However, from day 29, RATs will need to be completed. This is in line with Ministry of Health advice.

Recent return from overseas travel: If you recently travelled overseas, there will be no additional restriction placed on your admission.

Visitors to our hospitals

We ask that visitors please avoid visiting Ormiston Hospital if they are symptomatic or have tested positive within the last 5 days.

Designated carers

Sometimes a patient may require a carer to come with them on their hospital visit. For example, a parent accompanying their child. Each patient is permitted one designated carer. Because carers can spend extended periods of time in our hospitals too, they need to fulfil the same Covid-19 testing requirements as our patients.

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


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Ko ētahi o ngā tohumate o te KOWHEORI-19, ko te:

  • maremare e hou ana, e kino kē ake ana rānei
  • kirikā kāore e iti iho ana i te tohurau e 38 (38°C)
  • huatare o te manawa
  • mātihetihe me te ihu hūpē
  • korenga o te ihu e rongo ana i te kakara.

Ina pāngia koe e ēnei tohumate, ehara pea i te mea kua āta pāngia koe e te KOWHEORI-19. Tērā pea kua pāngia kētia koe e tētahi mate e hōrapa ake ana, pēnei i te maremare, i te rewharewha rānei.

Ko te huatare o te manawa tētahi tohu pea o te pūkahu kakā, ā, me mātua tirotiro e te tākuta.

Mehemea kua pāngia koe e ngā tohumate o te maremare, o te rewharewha, o te KOWHEORI-19 rānei me waea atu ki tō tākuta, ki Healthline rānei i 0800 611 116 ki te whiwhi tohutohu kia whakamātauria ai koe.