COVID-19 Requirements

Your Health, Our Priority

Updated 15 August 2023

While all COVID-19 restrictions have been removed, COVID-19 remains a risk for those having surgery, or who are vulnerable.

Visitors and Masks
Family / whānau are welcome to visit their loved ones however if you are unwell or have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you do not come to Forté Hospital.

Masks are optional, and we will have these available if you want to wear one.

Patients displaying cold or flu symptoms
Any cold and flu symptoms and/or stomach upsets may affect your surgery. If you have any cold or flu symptoms prior to your surgery, please contact your surgeon’s rooms for advice.  COVID-19 symptoms include a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and runny nose, loss of smell/altered taste, fever, fatigue/feeling of tiredness.

If patients display cold or flu symptoms while at Forté Hospital, we will assess you and provide a COVID-19 test to be performed. If a patient tests positive for COVID-19 on arrival at Forté Hospital then surgery will be postponed.

What happens if I’ve had COVID-19 recently?
If you test positive for COVID-19 in the weeks before your scheduled surgery, you will need to ring your surgeon for further advice. A recent COVID-19 infection can pose a health risk for those undergoing surgery, even if you are recovered, and therefore may affect the timing of your surgery.

If it has been some time since your COVID-19 infection but you have not returned to feeling 100%, or have “long covid” symptoms, it is important you tell your specialist as extra care may be required.

What happens if someone in my home has COVID-19?
As a patient, if you are a household contact we will advise your surgeon and anaethestist and they may be in touch with you prior to your surgery.


Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please discuss this directly with your medical specialist, phone the Forté Hospital team on 03 365 8333 (during business hours) or email

We appreciate your support and cooperation.