Published Wednesday 16 Feb 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand is now at phase 2 of the Government’s Omicron response, and Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs have seen increased demand for testing across all our sites.

Testing is recommended for anyone who is experiencing symptoms, has been at a close contact location of interest – those with a red dot on the Ministry of Health website – or who has been directed to be tested by an official health representative. Sites are prioritising people who meet these criteria.

People who meet the criteria and are seeking a test should do so through either primary care – GPs and community medical centres – or at one of the community-based testing centres open across the region, rather than seeking a test in hospital. While some testing centres may take walk-ins if there is capacity, the best way to help us manage wait times and capacity is for people to book their test in advance. Each community site has its own booking number so please check Healthpoint for details and the latest opening hours.