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Covid-19 Precautions as of 5th May 2022

Written by Janet Keys, General Manager on May 5th, 2022.      0 comments

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ORANGE level Protection Framework

All patients coming to Grace for a procedure should be fully vaccinated if eligible. Your surgeon’s consulting room staff will check your vaccination status and will inform us when booking your surgery.

Unvaccinated patients or those who have not received the full course of 3 vaccinations will be assessed and managed according to transmission risk.

ALL patients are required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival for admission.


We are permitting only one designated visitor per patient during hospitalisation, visiting hours are 9am to 8.30pm. All visitors must wear a surgical mask at all times. No children under 12 years are permitted to visit. The ward visitor’s lounge will remain closed and we ask visitors to remain in patient rooms.

If you are a parent of a child having surgery, or you are a carer of a patient and need to assist in care provision overnight please contact us on 07 577 5270; you will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen test at the time of patient admission.

Everyone entering the hospital must be wearing a surgical mask (over 7 years) and sanitise their hands before entering any area. Grace Hospital does not allow mask exemptions.

If you have had Covid-19 in the last three months, please advise your surgeon and your anaesthetist .

If you have travelled overseas and returning to New Zealand, you must follow the Ministry of Health guidelines for RAT testing on designated days, and you are not able to be admitted for surgery until Day 6 after your return. Please contact us if you’ve had recent overseas travel.

Please also advise Grace Hospital (07 577 5270) if:

  • you have any symptoms of Covid-19,
  • you have been in close contact with a positive or suspected case in the last 10 days,

We’re hopeful that with the above measures in place we can protect our patients, visitors and staff from being exposed to Covid19 whilst at Grace.

Thank you for your co-operation. Any queries, please contact me via