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Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 for West Coast DHB facilities

Thursday 11 June 2020Health news2 minutes to read

Under Alert Level 1, the public can expect to see fewer restrictions in place in terms of physical distancing requirements as well as further changes to our visitor restrictions. We have stopped screening people at the entrances to our facilities from today.

The most important thing for the public to do from today on is to keep a record of where they go and when.  This can be done by ‘checking in’ via the QR code outside many businesses, including many DHB facilities, or keeping a diary of where they go and when. This information is useful if we were to have a case and needed to advise the public.

For the time being, our visitor hours remain between 2pm to 6pm at Grey Base Hospital and between 10am to 2pm and from 3.30pm to 8pm at Buller Health. These hours will be reviewed in the next couple of weeks.

West Coast DHB Medical Director, Dr Graham Roper says patients who have appointments at any of our facilities are asked not to come in if they are unwell.

“Please phone the department to let them know and seek advice from your GP or Healthline – 0800 611 116, or for COVID-19 health advice – 0800 358 5453.

“Everyone should continue to keep up good hygiene practices such as washing and thoroughly drying hands, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if they’re sick,” says Dr Roper.

Please do not enter our facilities if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a cough
  • a sore throat
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • loss of smell/taste (anosmia)
  • aches
  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting

This updated guidance is effective at all West Coast DHB facilities from today, Thursday, 11 June 2020.

To keep up to date with current visitor restrictions, visit West Coast DHB’s COVID-19 visitor restrictions.To find out how you can support contact tracing and to download the app, visit Tracing COVID-19.



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