A copy of this notice can be downloaded here.

Alert Level 3

At 11.59 pm on Monday 27 April New Zealand will move back to Alert Level 3 – Restrict.

Alert Level 3 will be in place for a minimum of 2 weeks and will be reviewed by the government no earlier than 11 May.

Under Alert Level 3 we will still be unable to provide in-person patient appointments at either our Christchurch or Wellington clinics.

  • Travel for patients is limited, particularly when travelling outside your own region
  • There remain risks for patients in at-risk groups (those 70+ years, those with pre-existing conditions)
  • Social distancing and people maintaining only slightly enlarged “bubbles” will remain a priority

During Alert Level 3 will be providing the same services we provided at Alert Level 4. Details of these services can be found here;

Urgent Appointments
If you feel you or your child is in URGENT need of an appointment, and that this can’t be addressed by our emergency service, please contact us by emailing reception@scip.co.nz.

Our clinical staff will evaluate your needs by phone or return email.

Further general information about Alert Level 3 is available from the COVID-19 website here;

Advice for those in at-risk groups can be found here;

We will provide a further update about services as we progress to Alert Level 2, in due course.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are now cases reported in many other countries, including New Zealand, which are being monitored closely by WHO.

  • COVID-19 is spread from an infected person to others through:
    o the air by coughing and sneezing
    o close personal contact – such as touching or shaking hands
    o touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
  • Some groups of people are more at risk of serious illness, such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those with other health conditions. It is therefore important to minimise the spread of the virus in the community.

Where to get information
The Ministry of Health website is your best source of information because it is updated daily. The Ministry of Health also have a Facebook page: @minhealthnz and a Twitter channel @minhealthnz to alert people to key updates and messages specifically about COVID-19.

Free dedicated COVID-19 Healthline number 0800 358 5453
This Healthline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service. They have access to interpreters. You should call this dedicated number for any COVID-19 health advice and information, any questions you have about COVID-19 or need information about self-isolation.