Visiting BOP hospitals at Alert Level 2

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Restrictions have been put in place for people visiting whanau, family and friends in Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals during COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

A statement issued by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board says in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and Acute Care Unit the general principle is two nominated visitors per patient with only one visitor at a time.

“In other hospital areas, it is one visitor at a time, but more than one person is able to visit during the day.”

The statement says exceptions may be considered in special circumstances and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

“We encourage our Maori and Pacific Island whānau to request the support of Maori Health Gains and Development when requesting exceptions.”

Acting Chief Operations Officer Bronwyn Anstis says the focus at Alert Level 2 continues to be on protecting patients and staff from any potential risk of exposure to COVID-19, at the same time as recognising the important role of visitors in the healing process.

“In all areas of both hospitals, we are also required to ensure safe physical distancing for all, and this is more challenging to do so in the specialist areas, hence our restrictions.

“We are very grateful to the public during this time for their understanding and helping us to ensure that priority is given to the needs and care of the patients, and the safety and security of staff."

Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals now have one entrance only at each hospital for patients and visitors, who will need to either fill out contact tracing cards or scan the COVID Tracer App QR code on entry.

“We also remind visitors that if they need to wear a mask, to please bring it with them so we can reserve our masks for patients and staff who need them. Please be especially mindful of core public health precautions such as good hand hygiene and physical distancing. And be kind.”

People who would like more information can phone the Patient Information Centre on 0800 333 477 or email in advance.

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