This information is effective as of Friday 20 May 2022 and was last updated at 12pm on Friday 20 May 2022.

Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital is currently operating in Covid-19 Protection Framework traffic light setting Orange

The safety, health and wellbeing of everyone is of utmost importance to us. 

Rapid antigen tests are part of the admission process for all patients. Please refer to the details below.

Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) everyone coming to our hospital is required to

  • wear a mask/face covering
  • practice good hand hygiene


All people entering our hospitals are required to sign in using our digital visitor management system. Patients may be asked their Covid-19 vaccination status to help us support their care, but being unvaccinated will not deny you access to care.


Patient/carer testing requirements

We see testing of patients for Covid-19 as an important part of the care we provide; particularly as Covid-19 can increase the complications associated with surgical procedures. In addition, pre-admission testing enables us to manage our schedules to ensure hospital capacity is well utilised and patients get the care they need in a timely way.

All patients are required to complete two Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) before admission. Advice on how to take a RAT can be found here.

  • The first RAT is to be taken two days before admission.
  • The second RAT is to be taken the day before admission.

If either result is positive, please phone us as soon as possible.

As soon as you have completed your RAT, please upload your results to One RAT per person can be reported in a 12 hour period.

Please contact us if you cannot access Rapid Antigen Tests for any reason.

In addition, hospital staff will administer a Rapid Antigen Test as part of the admission process once you arrive at the hospital.

For patients and carers entering our hospital

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
  • a fever


Current or recent infection: If you have had Covid-19 in the last 3 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 10 days after your positive result; you must have no symptoms; and you must complete rapid antigen testing as advised by the hospital. Note: if your infection occurred less than 30 days before the date of your admission, you will not need to complete rapid antigen testing as part of your admission process.

Contact with someone with Covid-19: If you are a household contact of someone with Covid-19, you should not enter our facilities until you have completed at least 10 days of self-isolation.

Recent return from overseas travel: If you have returned from overseas in the 7 days before your booked admission, please contact the hospital so that we can plan your pre-admission testing to coordinate with RAT testing which is required by the Ministry of Health. 



While we normally encourage visitors, the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant means welcoming more people than is strictly necessary into our hospital would increase the risk for both patients and staff. The following restriction is in place to keep everyone safe:

Orange traffic light

Day stay patients are unable to receive visitors.

Ward and overnight patients may receive one designated visitor or carer at this setting.

Where a carer needs to accompany a patient, for example a parent accompanying their child who is a patient, this must be limited to 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.


Further information about Covid-19

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