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Forming part of the private medical facility’s stringent safety measures in the fight against COVID-19, Mediclinic Newcastle suspended visiting hours to safeguard both patients and staff.
However, now, due to recent developments within the region, in a statement, the healthcare facility explains, “With the noted decline in COVID-19 admissions to our hospital, as well as the steady decline in COVID-19 positivity rates in the Newcastle and surrounding community, we believe it is possible to expand visitation of non-COVID patients.”
The revised visiting hours have been implemented as of Wednesday, 3 March 2021, from 10 am to 6 pm daily, allowing one visitor to enter per patient.
However, Mediclinic Newcastle declares, “It is also important to note, that the visitor must be healthy and pass the temperature and symptom screening upon arrival, as we are unable to allow visitor access to anyone who is unwell.” The private hospital believes this move is appropriate, as they have been able to successfully downscale the number of units hosting COVID-19 patients due to the drop in demand.
Understanding the community’s needs, Mediclinic Newcastle recognises that patients and their loved ones are essential partners in the healing process. “We would like to thank our community for their patience during these difficult times, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to our facilities in the coming months. As we gradually reduce visiting restrictions, we appreciate all visitors as partners in maintaining safe environments for our patients and caregivers.”
The hospital would further like to take the opportunity to encourage the community to play their role during the pandemic by limiting the risk of infection for individuals and their families. This includes wearing masks in public, strictly maintaining social distancing as well as practising good hand hygiene.
Mediclinic will continue to review the visiting policy for their hospitals and make necessary adjustments as they believe is best for their patients, staff, and doctors’ safety.
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