Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19

This information is effective from 16 January 2024

Patient / Carer requirements

Recovery can be compromised if you are not in good health. While Crest Hospital no longer routinely tests all patients, we have implemented an individual risk assessment as your ongoing health is our top priority.

Under the following circumstances a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) may be required if:

  • The patient, or carer, is presenting with any cold-like symptoms*
  • The patient is a household contact of someone with Covid-19*
  • The patient lives in a region with increased Covid-19 infections*
  • The patient has had Covid-19 in the last two months, although please be aware that:
  • Unless your Covid-19 infection was severe or you have ongoing symptoms, there should be minimal delay to your surgery (an additional RAT will only be required if this infection was within the last 29 days).
  • If you had a more severe infection, it is possible that non-urgent surgery may be delayed until seven weeks after infection.
  • If your surgery is urgent, your Specialist may still choose to proceed.

*If you are travelling any distance to come to Hospital, it may be advisable to do a home RAT before you leave.

Recommendation from your Specialist, or a positive RAT, may result in postponement of your planned procedure.

Requirements for Visitors at Crest Hospital and Specialist Centre

If you feel unwell, or have any respiratory symptoms, please do not visit our Hospital or Specialist Centre.

The Ministry of Health advises that if you are Covid-19 positive, that you stay at home for five days. As such, please do not visit our Hospital or Specialist Centre during this time. For more information, please go to

When visiting our Hospital or Specialist Centre, please practice good hand hygiene using the available hand sanitizer.

The health, safety, and wellbeing of Crest Hospital and Specialist Centre patients, visitors, staff, and medical specialists are of utmost importance to us. If you have any questions, please contact Crest Hospital 06 9532480 or Specialist Centre 06 9532489.

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