Telehealth helps recovery during lockdown

Many patients have been able to continue their care during the COVID-19 lockdown thanks to telehealth.
Prior to lockdown Greg who is from Milton had attended Dunedin Hospital physiotherapy outpatients following a thumb extensor tendon repair.
Physiotherapist and hand therapist Miranda Bűhler provided his follow up care remotely and says there are opportunities for many more appointments to be conducted the same way in different healthcare settings.
“Greg had three telehealth sessions to progress him through rehabilitation for return of movement, strength and function and he is now back at work.”

Telehealth can be by video or telephone, depending on what works for the patient.
If you’re interested in having your next appointment by telehealth talk to your health provider.

Visitor restrictions at our hospitals
Current visiting restrictions will remain in place. This is one nominated visitor per patient who is allowed to visit once per day between 2pm and 6pm.
The visitor policy is under regular review and any changes to the policy will be advised as soon as it is released.
Mental Health
Please make contact with the Nurse in Charge prior to make arrangements for a visitor.
Women in labour in a maternity facility will be allowed one support partner, for the duration of the labour and birth. A maximum of one visitor at a time and one visit per day for women in antenatal inpatient or postnatal wards is permitted.

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