Friday 16 September 2022Health news5 minutes to read
From today, some visitor restrictions at all Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast health facilities have been relaxed while others remain in place.
There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so people must continue to wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and other visitors safe.
Dr Graham Roper, Te Whatu Ora West Coast’s Chief Medical Officer says that in response to the removal of the COVID-19 protection framework, we are relaxing some of our visitor restrictions. However, it’s very important that we continue to protect the lives of the vulnerable in our communities.
“From today, patients in single rooms may have more than one visitor, however, patients in multi-bed rooms can have one visitor only per patient to ensure there is no overcrowding. It’s also still really important that you wear a mask while inside any of our facilities and if you are unwell please avoid visiting friends and whānau in hospital,” Dr Roper says.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support while our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Although COVID-19 case numbers have dropped substantially, some people will still be carrying COVID-19 or the flu without showing any symptoms making it possible for them to infect staff and patients when visiting any of our facilities.
“You can still do your bit to help by continuing to follow the usual public health measures. This means stay home if you’re unwell, get tested if you’re symptomatic, wash and dry your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities, and make sure your vaccinations are all up-to-date.”
Visiting patients with COVID-19
You must NOT visit our facilities if you
Full details of the new visitors’ rules are available on our website.
A reminder to everyone that you can pick up supplies of free RATs from community collection points. There is no criteria. You don’t need to be unwell or have symptoms to get free RATs.
Wherever possible please order online at https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/ or by calling 0800 222 478 between 8am – 8pm (7 days).
You can find your nearest community collection point here
COVID-19 vaccinations still available
COVID-19 vaccinations including boosters which provide an extra layer of protection to previous vaccinations remain available.
Vaccinations help your immunity be stronger and last longer so even if you have had COVID-19 you are encouraged to stay up to date with your vaccinations – including boosters. If it has been six months since your first booster dose, and you have not had COVID-19 in the last 3 months, you are eligible for your second booster now.
You can get you COVID-19 vaccinations at Buller Medical and Coast Medical in Westport, at our Te Nīkau Hospital campus Community Services building and at Olsens in Greymouth, and at the Westland Medical Centre and Westland Pharmacy in Hokitika. More information is available online – Home – Vaccinate Canterbury and West Coast (vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz)
You can make a booking online: https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ or by phoning 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days a week).
It’s also a good time to ensure your other vaccinations such MMR (measles) are up to date. Your family doctor can help, and many vaccinations can be done at your local pharmacy.
Page last updated: 16 September 2022
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