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Gisborne Hospital closed to visitors

Gisborne Hospital is closed to visitors. 

In line with the Government’s directive that we are to escalate to COVID-19 alert level 4 protocol from midnight on 25 March, all DHB facilities will be adopting a no-visitors policy, with only a few notable exceptions. The exceptions include a nominated person who is supporting someone through end-of-life care or a parent/guardian who is supporting a child. 

The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply is at the discretion of the ward manager, or lead clinician. In all exceptions where a visitor is permitted to access Hauora Tairāwhiti services, the appropriate screening will take place before they are allowed to enter the care environment to ensure they are well, have clean hands and are using personal protective equipment (PPE), if required. 

“The purpose of this temporary policy is to protect patients, whānau, staff and the public from COVID19, by limiting visitors to our hospital” says Hauora Tairāwhiti chief executive, Jim Green. 

Mr Green acknowledges that the new policy may add to what is already a difficult time for families with loved ones in hospital. “In these challenging times we are all having to live our lives differently but until the pandemic is declared over we must do everything asked of us to prevent the spread of the virus. 

“The no visitor policy applies to all district health board facilities where patients are cared for including Gisborne Hospital, Tangata Rite in Peel St, the community clinic in Childers Road, the school dental service at Ilminster Intermediate and Te Kuwatawata in Peel St.” 

Any member of the public presenting at the Emergency Department will be met at the door by a staff member. Currently, the main entrance is open 8am - 8pm and the emergency department entrance is open 24/7. 

Mr Green says the policy does not apply to providers of essential services to the hospital, including medical supplier delivery and courier services.  

Gisborne Hospital's no visitor policy will be in place until the Ministry of Health declares the COVID-19 pandemic over.

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