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No visitors to hospital

Gisborne Hospital patients will not be allowed visitors from tomorrow under Covid-19 level 4 alert lockdown conditions.

Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green told board members yesterday the current limit of one visitor per patient would be changed to no visitors at all from midnight tonight.

Exceptions would be allowed for cases such as women going into labour or for patients near the end of life.

Hauora Tairawhiti chairwoman Kim Ngarimu said current visitor measures were a board initiative, but the additional steps being introduced from midnight were Ministry of Health directives.

“The aim was to get the best possible balance between safety and being compassionate to our community. There will be very few exceptions to the no-visitor policy.”

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman said no one could visit Gisborne Hospital because of self-isolation requirements for all but essential workers.

People applying to visit because of the above exceptions had to contact the clinical nurse manager (06 869 0500) on each ward before coming to the hospital.

All visitors must be registered upon entry.