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Information for patients and visitors during Alert Level 2

The Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region is currently in Alert Level 2. We are at the same level as the rest of New Zealand, except for Auckland which is in Alert Level 3.

UPDATE: At 6am on Sunday 7 March, the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region will move to Alert Level 1 and our hospital visitor hours and the numbers of visitors allowed will revert back to normal. The information that follows below all relates to Alert Level 2 and is relevant up until 6am on Sunday 7.

Access to health services

Health and disability services will be available as normal under Alert Level 2, with appropriate safety measures in place.

There will be no changes to planned care – appointments, clinics and surgical procedures will go ahead. People should attend their scheduled appointments unless they have been contacted and advised otherwise.

People who are unwell should stay home however and phone the relevant department to visit to reschedule their appointment or to make special arrangements for urgent care. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should phone Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP to find out about getting a test. It is important that people with symptoms stay home – away from school, work, shops and other public places – until they have sought medical advice or have been tested and received a negative test result.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 tests are free from your GP (doctor) or after-hours medical centre. People are asked to request a test only if they have been advised to do so by Healthline, their GP or GP clinic nurse. 

Find the closest testing locations here:

Hospital visitor hours in Alert Level 2

Under Alert Level 2, there are reduced visitor numbers and visitors will be screened at the main hospital entrances. 

This information is provided in greater detail on the COVID-19 website page:

Staying safe at Alert Level 2

The Alert Level 2 rules are on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.