Restrictions on hospital visits go a little easier on Alert Level 3.

Restrictions on Palmerston North Hospital and other mid-central facilities will be eased with the move to Level 3.


Restrictions on Palmerston North Hospital and other mid-central facilities will be eased with the move to Level 3.

Mid-Central Health has eased visitor restrictions to go to the region’s Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday.

But officials warn that although the new rules are less stringent than below Level 4, this is not a return to normal visiting arrangements.

In a statement, Mid-Central said the visitor policy was for patients admitted to Mid-Central facilities, such as Palmerston North Hospital and Horohinwa Health Center.

It does not extend to outpatient, radiology or laboratory appointments unless they are accompanied by a child.

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Level 3 principles are:

design The patient’s bubble can accommodate a designated assistant overnight under the Mahi Tahi program.

This person can stay with the patient throughout his stay, but if he leaves, he can only be seen once a day, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

* There must be only one visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay in this hospital.

Visitors will be asked to scan or sign a QR code.

No visitors under 16.

The exceptions to the above are:

bir During the birth of a child, the mother can have a support with it.

16 Children and children under the age of 16 will be allowed by a parent or guardian for their entire stay. If the parents are from the same bubble, the parents can change, but only one at a time.

میں Terminal or critically ill patients may have more than one visitor from the same bubble at a time, at the discretion of the nurse in charge and the medical lead.

Catherine Cook, chief executive of Mid-Central DHB, said the visitation restrictions needed to be amended to ensure staff and patients were not put at risk.

“I urge all those in our MDHB health services to help protect and care for us. These are extraordinary times where we have to make tough choices so we can look after these people safely.” Find out who is in the hospital.

Cook encouraged people to find alternative ways to contact their loved ones when they were in hospital, such as by phone or the Internet.

Patients can get visitor services and cultural support from the Pau O Maori Health Directorate.

Palmerston North Hospital offers free unlimited Wi-Fi and some devices are available for patients to contact relatives.

Under Alert Level 3, more planned surgeries and procedures are moving forward. Affected people will be contacted directly. Anyone inquiring about an upcoming appointment can call 0800 256 963 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone feeling sick, or showing signs of covid 19, is asked to stay home, call the health line on 0800 358 5453 or call their general practice team.

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