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COVID-19

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The Southern health system is at Alert Level 1.

Thank you to our community for your support during the various alert levels. 

Our services are now mostly back to normal, although you may notice additional measures to ensure hygiene and keep our patients and community safe. 

In some services we are still catching up on care that was delayed, and we thank you for your understanding and patience.


What is COVID-19?
Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place: COVID-19 National response website

Testing for COVID-19
  • If you have symptoms, get tested.
  • If you are offered a test, please accept it.
  • COVID-19 testing is FREE and available seven days a week.
  • Call you GP or 0800 VIRUS19 to be referred for a test.
  • You do not need to self-isolate after a test, but you should stay home until you are symptom-free.

0800 VIRUS19 Hours
Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Weekends, 9am - 1.30pm

And remember,

  • COVID-19 testing is free regardless of citizenship, immigration or visa status. 
  • Information will not be shared for immigration related or other enforcement purposes.
  • You don’t need to be enrolled with a doctor or general practice to be tested. 
  • You do need to provide contact details – usually a phone number – so you can be informed of your test results.
Where to get tested for COVID-19

*Please note that all CBTCs are closed 26 Aug 2020. Testing will be available at designated practices and general practices.*

People in the Southern district with cold and flu symptoms who were seeking a COVID-19 test should call 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) or their local GP for advice, and should stay at home. If you are offered a test for COVID-19, please take it. It will help us ensure we don’t have community transmission, and help keep your friends, family and whānau safe. Regardless of where you are tested, COVID-19 testing is free of charge.

Call your GP or 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) to get tested. If you don't have a GP, or your GP does not offer COVID-19 tests, you can attend a 'designated practice' for your test - please see the list of practices you can attend in the tab below. Testing is free.

0800 VIRUS 19 Call Centre
8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
9am to 1.30pm, Weekends

See Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora for more information.

Designated Practices in Southern

Designated practices are general practices that accept their own patients and patients who either are not enrolled in a local general practice or don’t want to go to their usual GP. People looking for an appointment with a designated practice, should contact the 0800 VIRUS19 call centre.

  • Alexandra Family Medical
  • Aspiring Medical Centre (Wanaka)
  • Cromwell Medical Centre
  • Dunedin Urgent Doctors
  • Fiordland Medical Centre (Te Anau)
  • Health Central Ltd
  • He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre (Invercargill)
  • Health Central
  • Invercargill Medical Centre 
  • Junction Health (Cromwell/Central Otago)
  • Kurow Medical (Kurow/Waitaki)
  • Mornington Health Centre (Dunedin)
  • Mosgiel Health Centre (Mosgiel/Tieri)
  • Otautau Medical Centre
  • Queens Park General Practice
  • Queenstown Medical
  •  South City Medical   
  • Te Kāika (Dunedin)
  • Wakatipu Medical Centre
  • Wanaka Medical Centre
General Practices Testing for COVID-19

A number of general practices in the region are providing their usual care as well as testing for COVID-19. If you are enrolled with one of these practices this might be the right place for you to be tested. Call your own practice first. 

  • Albany Street Medical Centre
  • Alexandra Family Medical
  • Amity Health Centre
  • Aurora Health Centre
  • Bester McKay Family Doctors
  • Bluff Community Medical Trust
  • Broadway Medical Centre
  • Catherine Street Medical Centre
  • Catlins Medical Centre
  • Caversham Medical Centre
  • Central Medical Oamaru
  • Clutha Health First
  • Clutha Health First General Practice
  • Cromwell Family Practice
  • Cromwell Medical Centre
  • Doctors Adam & Cleveland
  • Dr Johri’s Practice
  • Dunedin North Medical Centre
  • Dunedin South Medical Centre
  • East Otago Health
  • Gardens Medical Centre
  • Gordon Road Medical Centre
  • Gore Health Centre
  • Gore Medical Centre 
  • Green Island Family Health Care
  • Green Island Medical Centre
  • HealthCentral Ltd.
  • Helensburgh Medical Centre
  • Invercargill Medical Centre
  • Junction Doctors - Oamaru
  • Lawrence Medical Centre
  • Lumsden Medical Centre 
  • Maori Hill Clinic
  • Mataura Medical Centre
  • Milton Health Centre
  • Mornington Health Centre
  • Musselburgh Medical Centre
  • North End Health Centre
  • Oamaru Doctors
  • Otautau Health Centre
  • Pitt Street Medical
  • Queens Park General Practice
  • Queenstown Medical Centre
  • Ranfurly Medical Centre
  • Roslyn Health Centre
  • Roxburgh Medical Centre
  • South City Medical Centre
  • Tuatapere Medical Centre
  • Vercoe Brown and Associates
  • Victoria Avenue Medical Centre
  • Wakatipu Medical Centre
  • Wanaka Medical Centre
  • Waverley Health
  • West Otago Health
  • Whitestone Family Practice
  • Winton Medical Services
Symptoms for COVID-19 are:
  • a fever (high temperature)
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and a runny or dripping nose
  • a temporary loss of sense of smell
If you are unwell but don't have COVID-19 symptoms

If you are unwell please call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 or call your local GP.

If you have a general health enquiry useful information can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Visiting our hospitals

Please stay home if you're sick. If you have cold or flu symptoms please get a COVID-19 test.

It's important that you keep a record where you've been especially if you're visiting our facilities. Please make sure you scan the QR codes using the NZ COVID tracer app or if you don't have the app please sign the visitor sheet.

Information on social media

Follow these official accounts for up to date and accurate information.