Respiratory illness-related cases raise concern at Christchurch Hospital, changes made to visits

Respiratory illness-related cases raise concern at Christchurch Hospital, changes made to visits

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After increasing viral respiratory cases in the community — Canterbury District Health Board has made new visiting changes for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals, Monday.

The changes were effective immediately due to increased demand for hospital-based services after a rise in cases.

A number of patients have been showing significant respiratory illnesses and the measures undertaken hope to prevent spread in each facility.

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Canterbury Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr Helen Skinner says the changes require that people only visit for essential purposes and stay home if they are unwell.

“For that reason, we are requesting that people only visit Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals for essential purposes only and stay home if they are unwell.”

“We request that only one person at a time comes in to visit and that no children come in to visit our hospitals. Exceptions will be made on compassionate grounds and should be discussed with the nurse in charge of the area you want to visit.”

“Mask use is currently essential on public transport, including the hospital shuttle, and we’re recommending people also wear a mask or other face-covering (it can be a fabric mask or scarf but must cover your nose and mouth) when visiting our facilities.”

The differences will be in place until further notice as numbers continue to circulate — due to the at-capacity hospitals leaving no room for influxes.

Those with planned surgeries or outpatient appointments can still turn up as per booking dates. If changes are made to bookings, patients will be contacted directly.

Summary of key changes for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals:

    • Visiting is restricted to one person at a time per patient, for essential purposes only.
    • People should stay home if they’re unwell.
    • Children are not permitted to visit unless an exception has been granted by the relevant Charge Nurse of the ward being visited, until further notice.
    • It is recommended that anyone visiting wears a face mask or other face covering.

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