COVID-19: Visitor policy at Waikato DHB
COVID-19: Waikato DHB visitor policy
COVID-19: Restricted visitor policy for all Waikato DHB Hospitals
To help keep our patients, staff and community safe we are continuing to restrict visitors at our sites from today (17 November) until further notice.
The primary purpose of our no visitor policy at this time is to reduce risk of infection in our hospitals and to keep our most vulnerable people safe.
At this time, only support people or caregivers are allowed:
- One support person for Emergency Department
- One caregiver for paediatric areas
- One support person for birthing facilities
All support people/caregivers need to report to Waikato DHB staff on arrival and must:
- Use the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan codes displayed, or record details to ensure contact tracing can be carried out, if required
- Wear a face mask or covering
- Observe strict hand hygiene and physical distancing
- Follow the instructions of staff at all times
- NOT have any COVID-19 symptoms or be otherwise unwell.
We recognise how important the support of whānau is for our patients.
Some exceptions to our current no visitor policy may be possible on essential or compassionate grounds, and must be approved by the charge nurse manager, charge midwife manager or, out of hours, the duty nurse manager.
This excludes children under 16 who cannot visit at this time.
We encourage patients and whānau to use technology where available to maintain contact in these difficult times.
Thank you for understanding and respecting our safety requirements. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as appropriate.