Visiting our hospital

Covid-19 visitor update for Alert Level 1


22 September 2020


Whanganui, along with the rest of New Zealand part from Auckland, has moved to Alert Level 1 removing the limit on gatherings.


Despite the move to Alert Level 1, it is important to remain vigilant to this dangerous virus and to maintain good hygiene practices, especially when visiting Whanganui Hospital. It is also a good safety measure to maintain physical distancing.


Hospital visiting is as normal with no formal restrictions. However, it will sometimes be necessary to limit visitor numbers to keep everyone safe.


Whanganui Hospital visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. 



  • wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • don't come to the hospital if you are unwell with flu-like symptoms
  • keep a record of where you have been
  • use the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer app



Ample free parking is provided for patients and visitors to Wanganui Hospital. Please only park in allocated spaces and leave the disabled car parks for those people requiring them.

The visitor parking area is to the right of the entranceway to the hospital, as you enter Gate 1.

There is a drop-off area immediately in front of the hospital's main entrance and Emergency Department.

Disabled car parks are located just past the Emergency Department drop off zone.

Infection control for visitors


Everyone plays a part in fighting the spread of infection, including health care staff, patients and their visitors.

It is important that you do not visit a patient if you are unwell. If you have a cold, sore throat, upset stomach or diarrhoea you should stay at home until you are fully well.

Before visiting a patient on the ward and after using the bathroom, please ensure you use the hand sanitiser, which is available by the doors to each ward. Rub it all over your hands and between your fingers until your hands are dry.

Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. Please cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and wash your hands afterwards.