COVID-19 Requirements

Your Health, Our Priority

As Christchurch moves back to Alert Level One for COVID-19, additional screening and testing procedures remain in place at Forté Hospital.  This continued vigilance is required to maintain the safety of staff, patients and visitors.

What do these requirements mean for you?

  • Any patients who have been in a location of interest, as identified by the Ministry of Health, in the last 14 days may have their surgery deferred.  Please contact your surgeons’ rooms as soon as possible if this affects you.
  • Even if you have not been in a location of interest, if you are coming to Forté Health for surgery you may be screened by your medical specialist prior to your admission.
  • You may be contacted by your medical team in the weeks and/or days prior to any planned surgery to discuss any risks or questions regarding COVID.  Please speak openly and honestly during these phone assessments.
  • If you have cold and flu symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell (with or without fever) you may be required to have a free COVID test.  A test result takes approximately 48 hours to return and a negative result may be required prior to surgery.
  • If you become unwell prior to your surgery it is strongly recommended you access a COVID test.  For information about accessing a COVID test click here.

Naturally if you are unwell, we ask you to stay at home.

Other measures being put in place at Forté Hospital include:

  • Continued COVID-19 screening of staff, patients, visitors, contractors and suppliers.
  • The maintenance of contact tracing procedures at reception and concierge.
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines - we ask for your support in this.
  • The following of standard infection prevention and control precautions.

In addition to the above there are some high-risk situations for visitors and patients and these include those who, in the last 14 days, have:

  • had contact in-person with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case;
  • travelled internationally or had direct contact with a person who has travelled overseas (e.g. Customs and Immigration staff, staff at quarantine/isolation facilities);
  • worked on an international aircraft or shipping vessel, or worked at a quarantine facility or international arrivals;
  • recently completed managed isolation or had contact with a person who has come out of a MIQ quarantine.

If you have any questions please discuss this directly with your medical specialist or phone the Forté Hospital team on 03 365 8333.

Forté Health will continue to follow all Ministry of Health and Canterbury DHB COVID guidelines and will keep this page updated with any relevant information. 

We appreciate your support and cooperation to keep our community COVID-free.