Installation of isolation (negative pressure ) cubicles in the Accident and Medical unit at Kaitaia Hospital will be installed this week.
“The cubicles allow better control of airborne viruses and infectious diseases,” noted operations manager Neta Smith.
“This is an important step towards ensuring we have adequate facilities to care for our community, especially during the Omicron outbreak.”
During construction, Kaitaia Hospital Accident and Emergency services will be temporarily relocating, for 24 hours only, to another part of the hospital.
“There will be minimal disruption to patients over this 24hr period,” Neta said.
“The work is being undertaken from 5 pm on Thursday 10 March through to 5 pm the next day.”
Accident and Medical services will temporarily relocate to the southern end of the general ward (the Redan road entry), where the Oncology Day stay clinic is situated.
Please only come to Accident and Medical services if it is an emergency.
The after-hours General Practice clinic will continue to run on Thursday, 10 March, from 7 pm to 8 pm as per usual.
Depending on what department patients visit, they may need to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test for COVD-19 before entering the hospital.
This is to keep our patients and staff safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
On presentation at the hospital, patients will be directed to a triage caravan near the Oncology clinic entrance. They will be triaged by one of the Accident and Medical nurses.