Hooray! We made it to Alert Level 1!

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone in the community for their incredible support during the various alert levels.

It is a great relief to be at alert level one, which is the result of everyone's collective efforts. On behalf of our health care workers, thank you!

We would also like to thank our amazing healthcare workers for their tireless efforts and hard work during this uncertain period.

Under Alert Level 1 we expect health services will return to pre-COVID levels over the coming days and weeks, though there will be an increased vigilance with regard to patients and visitors coming into our facilities if they are unwell.

If you have:
• a cough
• a sore throat
• a runny nose
• sneezing
• aches
• fever
• diarrhoea
• vomiting

you will be asked to visit when you are well or your procedure may, if appropriate, be postponed until you are well.

It should be noted our delivery of care may have changed for some services. For example, some services are not resuming outpatient clinics to the same extent because patients and clinicians found that telephone and videos were better than travelling into the hospital.

Getting tested for Covid-19
Call your general practice or 0800 VIRUS19 for advise or getting tested.

Need support?
Please reach out. For free counselling, anytime, call or text 1737

Visiting hours at our hospitals:
Visiting hours are resuming as normal with Dunedin and Southland Hospitals now open from 2:00pm to 8:00pm for visitors. These hours apply to immediate family (whānau), extended family and friends of the patient.

Please note Dunedin and Southland Hospital Emergency Departments are allowing one support person per patient.

Dunedin Hospital
• The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Adult Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Units have visiting by appointment only.
• The Adult Intensive Care Unit has a designated quiet time between 12noon – 2:00pm.

Southland Hospital
• Critical Care Unit allows immediate family only to visit at any time except between 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
• Inpatient Mental Health Unit 7:00am – 8:00pm.
• Children's Ward allows parents / caregivers to visit at all times. Visiting hours for friends and other relatives are 2:00pm – 8:00pm daily.
• Surgical and Medical Wards visiting hours are 8.00am - 8.00pm daily.

Wakari Hospital
Wards 9A and 10A are by appointment only. All other mental health, intellectual disability (ISIS) visiting times are: 3:00 – 8:00pm or other times by arrangement. Long-term rehabilitation ward: 2:00 – 8:00pm with special arrangements for families, telephone: (03) 476 2191.

Lakes District Hospital
11:00am – 12noon. 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Children are not to be left unsupervised on hospital grounds.

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Better Health South - Board Update June 2020