The Auckland DHB nurses ‘organization fears hundreds of patients’ daily visits.

Hundreds of visitors are being allowed to visit Auckland DHB hospitals daily, despite the area being on high alert level due to the Delta outbreak.

Auckland City Hospital.

Auckland City Hospital.
Image: RNZ / Dan Cook

The New Zealand Nurses’ Organization (NZNO) says it is ridiculous that DHB has the softest visitor policy of any DHB in the country, despite the growing threat in Auckland.

The NZNO has been expressing concern about the visitor’s conflicting policies as well as the visitor’s misbehavior, including people refusing to wear masks and joining groups.

WorkSafe is now involved, and the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) says it will now involve health and safety representatives in further decision-making.

NZNO Acting Nursing and Professional Services Manager Kate Weston said. From nine to noon Even other DHBs in the Auckland area had strict visitor policies.

He said ADHB’s policy was “completely illogical in view of the size of the hospital and the number of people coming through it”.

“It’s actually causing people to break their Level 4 alert bubbles, so there are a lot of reasons why it’s not a good decision and putting patients and staff at risk through such a free policy.”

“The majority of hospitals in the region and across the country are limiting their visits to truly compassionate grounds, which is understandable because obviously people in these situations must be able to help their loved ones.” ..But more than one visitor at a time is a real problem.

“As far as I understand – a few days ago, there were many visitors to each bed for each patient. So if you put it in the context of a four-bed patient room, you get seven different bubbles, mixing and blending Or you can meet eight people with patients, which is a real concern.

“Then when they leave, another group passes. So that’s a big risk.”

The NZNO and other unions called for national consistency around visitor rules.

“We need to reduce the risk to some extent and bring people into the hospital with inadequate control of the situation – we are concerned about front door screening, we are concerned about how masking policies can be implemented. Being implemented – we really need consistency.

“We have other national guidelines that affect healthcare personnel. Why can’t we get national guidelines?

“We have Level 4. [lockdown] In the Auckland area, this should be enough to really make sure that strict instructions are followed. “

The ADHB said in a statement that patients were allowed two visitors a day, but only one at a time.

NZNO will only support one visitor on a compassionate basis.

“We’re talking about the beginning and the end of life,” Weston said.

“If people are in the hospital for a short time … then people should not meet because the right of patients to visitors is clearly protected, however, they are ending the situation.

“We can’t afford to inadvertently intimidate people into the system, intimidating patients who are vulnerable.”

In addition, the healthcare workforce was expanded.

“We don’t have the numbers to stand up to the staff unnecessarily because they’ve been exposed.”

She understands that people want to see their loved ones, but “observe Level 4 restrictions now and stay home and protect your loved ones, who are in DHB and those who are caring for these patients.” ۔

Weston said information received by the union suggested that there was a disconnect between the front door screening and where he was going to the hospital.

“It’s mostly up to the nursing staff to challenge and really get into these unpleasant conflict situations.

“It is not appropriate to have a nurse who is providing care and support to patients so that they can give the police the role of whether people are wearing masks or not, whether they are on time or not, when one of them A lot of people don’t want to be there anyway

“But the responsibility to provide a safe place to work actually depends on the Auckland DHB.

“That’s why we had to go through WorkSafe to try to get some legal help, which in fact seems like a very reasonable request – to ‘align with every other DHB and country.’ Come to those who have done the right thing. ‘

The NZNO also wanted every patient to be considered potentially Cowide 19 positive until proven – and the same for visitors.

No one was available to talk to ADHB. From nine to noon Today

However, the safety of staff, patients and visitors is a priority, said Dr. Mike Shepard, director of provider services.

“We have assessed the full risk for this policy and we are satisfied that any risk is being well managed,” the statement said.

“We have visitor screenings at entrances to check for signs of Covid 19 and to ensure policy.

“We are improving our guidance and our process following feedback from our staff and their union representatives.

“Our current approach is in line with the national guidelines for hospital visitors.”


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