COVID-19 Requirements

Your Health, Our Priority

Updated 14 April 2022

With a move to the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, Forté Health has updated its COVID-19 requirements for patients and visitors.

We are delighted to welcome back visitors to our hospital, with each patient now allowed one visitor for the duration of their stay. To ensure the very best outcomes for our patients, the requirement for all patients to self-administer a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) the day prior to their surgery remains.

Please read on for full details about the testing requirements along with other COVID-19 procedures, including our visitor policy.

Please note, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 8 weeks before your scheduled surgery you will need to ring your surgeon for further advice. A recent COVID-19 infection, even if you are recovered, may affect the timing of your surgery.

Testing Requirements

All those scheduled for surgery must self-administer a RAT test the day before surgery. If a child under five is scheduled for surgery the parent or caregiver bringing the child into the hospital must self-administer a RAT test instead.

If you or your child returns a positive RAT test, please call Forté Health on 03 365 8333 as well as call your surgeon’s rooms as your surgery will need to be postponed. If this occurs on a Sunday, please leave a message and the postponement will be actioned on Monday morning.

On the day you are admitted for surgery a further RAT test will be performed once you arrive at Forté Hospital.

If you do not have access to a RAT test, one test can be picked up from Forté Health Concierge for you to use the day before your surgery.

Information for Patients
Any patient showing COVID-19 symptoms must speak with the Forté team prior to their arrival at Forté. COVID-19 symptoms include a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/altered taste, with or without fever.

Our team will screen all patients prior to their admission.  We ask that you answer their questions openly and honestly. We will advise you of our visitor requirements and work with you to ensure you have the support you need.

All patients and approved visitors are required to wear a mask while at Forté Hospital.

 

Visitor Guidelines

From Tuesday 19 April, each patient can have one designated visitor for the duration of their stay. We ask the visitor to register at the Forté Health reception, wear a mask, and stay in the patient room. Any visitors who are unwell will be unable to enter the hospital.

 

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

We appreciate your support and cooperation.