Whanganui Community Pharmacy Update - Thursday 22 September 2022


Kia ora,

Due to national workforce shortages, Whanganui currently does not have a community pharmacy open on a Sunday.


We apologise for any inconvenience to our community.


Community pharmacies are open from Monday to Saturday. We encourage you to collect your prescriptions on these days to ensure you and your whanau have what you need.


Please be assured, patients discharging from the hospital on a Sunday will be supported.

We have a list of Whanganui community pharmacies, and their opening hours, available here:





The COVID-19 Protection Framework will end, along with several other COVID-19 public health measures at 11.59pm on 12 September 2022.


The COVID-19 response will remain active and operating in the background, with fewer restrictions on individuals. This will mean that:

  • Only people who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days. Household contacts are recommended to take a RAT test every day for five days. So long as they test negative, they will be able to go about daily life as normal.


  • All mask requirements will be removed, except for visitors in certain healthcare settings including primary care, urgent care, hospitals, aged residential care, disability-related residential care and pharmacies but not in counselling, mental health and addiction services.


  • Some places, such as workplaces, special events, or marae may ask people to wear a mask as a condition of entry. This will be at their discretion and no longer a Government requirement. People are encouraged to respect those who continue to keep wearing masks for the protection they offer against COVID-19.


  • All remaining Government vaccine mandates will end. The last workforce with a Government vaccine mandate is health and disability workers. This will end on 11:59pm, 26 September 2022. Some employers may still require workers to be vaccinated due to their responsibilities under health and safety legislation.


  • Vaccination and testing requirements for all travellers arriving into New Zealand will also end, including air crew, from 11:59pm, 12 September. People arriving in New Zealand from overseas will continue to receive free RATs at the airport and will be encouraged to test on day 0/1 and 5/6.



While many restrictions have been removed out in the community, we - Te Whatu Ora Whanganui - will continue with our current hospital visitor policy.


We still require visitors to:


* wear a mask

* sanitise your hands

* no food or drink to be consumed when visiting

* if you're unwell - please stay home

* ring prior to visiting a ward to ensure you can visit


Our rules are to ensure our staff, our patients and our visitors are protected as much as possible.