Media release 20 March 2020 | Counties Manukau Health is limiting the number of visitors to Middlemore Hospital and outpatient facilities including the Manukau SuperClinic as efforts ramp up to respond to the threat of COVID-19.
“This is an unprecedented event with the effects being felt worldwide, including here in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says CM Health Medical Officer, Dr Peter Watson.
“To protect our patients and staff, this is an absolute priority, even more so as the number of cases climbs. This is so we can provide care.
“We want to ensure that we can continue to deliver the best health services at our hospitals and in the community and to help us do this, we are asking our community for their support.
“We are restricting the number of visitors for patients to two people, including a support person like a parent or partner, and one visitor.
“In addition, children under the age of 15, will not be able to visit. Visitors must be well. If you’re unwell, please stay at home.
Dr Watson says those who will be visiting will be screened before entering Middlemore Hospital and other CM Health facilities including Manukau SuperClinic.
“We are currently at the Keep it Out/Stamp it Out phase and it’s important that our community is prepared. There are some simple ways that we can keep safe from COVID-19, including washing hands with soap and water often, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or covering your mouth, and staying home if you’re unwell.
Dr Watson says CM Health will be regularly reviewing and updating its visitor policy so people are advised to check on the CM Health website and social media messaging for any changes.
“We are all in this together and we are asking for your help to protect our community and enable us to respond effectively to COVID-19.”