Health and hospital facilities during Covid-19

23 October 2020

 

Covid-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs and airways. We all need to be ready in case Covid-19 reappears in our community. 

  

Visiting Whanganui Hospital 

Whanganui Hospital and primary health services are operating as normal but we encourage visitors to maintain high hygiene standards. However please: 

 

  • Do not visit the hospital if you are unwell with flu-like symptoms
  • Keep each other safe. Look after your own health and look after our health worker and patients by avoiding overcrowding and ensuring that we can maintain an appropriate distance from each other, in the hospital setting
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Keep a record of where you have been
  • Use the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer app   

There are no physical distancing requirements at Alert Level 1, but the more space there is between you and others, the harder it is for the Covid-19 virus, and other viruses (for example, the common cold or influenza) to spread.

 

Visitors are important for patients’ recovery, but so is rest, so a balance is important. It will sometimes be necessary for staff to limit visitor numbers in order to keep everyone safe. 

 

Whanganui Hospital visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.                                                                                                                                             

 

Face coverings at Alert Level 1 

At Alert Level 1, you do not need to wear face coverings because there is no evidence of community transmission of Covid-19.

 

However, you are encouraged to wear them in places where physical distancing is difficult.

 

We recommend being prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.

 

Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19.