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Whanganui rohe is at the RED traffic light


Visiting Whanganui Hospital during the RED traffic light


Whanganui rohe is currently at level RED, what does it mean for visiting the hospital? When you arrive at the entrance you will be asked to:

1. Scan or sign in

2. Change your mask to a hospital surgical mask if you’re not wearing one already

3. Use the hand sanitiser provided

You will then be asked three questions:

1. Are you feeling unwell today, do you have any cold or flu like symptoms?

2. Have you recently had a COVID-19 test?

3. Have you visited a location of interest?

Why are we doing this? Based on lived experiences regarding how COVID-19 is transmitted we need to ensure COVID-19 doesn’t enter our hospital if at all possible.

If you are presenting as a patient, we will undertake precautionary measures, all of which will be explained throughout your patient journey but you will be seen.

Visitors with acute respiratory symptoms such as cough, cold and flu symptoms, sore throat and runny nose or have abdominal pain or diarrhoea or a close household contact with a current COVID-19 case must not attend unless prior arrangements have been made. You will be declined entry if this is the case.

Social distancing is required so we ask that there is a maximum number of two visitors per bed, and we ask where possible that the two visitors remain the same each time to lower the risk.

You will not be asked to provide a vaccine passport within a clinical setting, however if you have one, that is great.

There is a requirement for booked surgical procedures and surgeries to have a COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to arrival. Not having completed this may result in your surgery or surgical procedure being postponed. We will rely on the advice of your treating health team in these cases. The effects of COVID-19 on an individuals recovery has warranted a cautious approach which may include deferring surgeries, unless urgent, until the person is no longer infected with COVID-19.

There is no need to have a COVID-19 test before getting an x-ray, blood test or a consultation with a health professional.

Thank you for supporting our WDHB staff so they can deliver the healthcare you require. Together, we will ensure our hospital is safe and functioning for all needs.

He Hāpori Ora Thriving Communities launch

We are pleased to officially release WDHB’s He Hāpori Ora Thriving Communities Strategic Direction 2020-2023 strategy document and video.


We will continue to action the focus areas outlined in our strategy to ensure that the people of the Whanganui District Health Board rohe are thriving. We continue to take heart that our strategy aligns to the indicative position announced by government through the recent New Zealand Health Service announcement.




  • The total number of people who have had Covid-19 in the Whanganui Region is ten (10). 
  • Ten cases have now recovered. There no active cases in our region.
  • Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19.