At 12.21 pm today, Government officials declared a state of national emergency in New Zealand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also be aware that we enter alert level 4 at 12.01 am tonight.
As always, protecting patients, whānau and our people is our priority.
To ensure that we can continue to deliver the best health services at our hospitals and in the community, we need your help and support.
From today, a new temporary visitor policy has come into effect in Northland.
To keep patients, whānau and staff safe, members of the public will be unable to visit patients in our hospitals, clinics, or other community facilities.
We know how important the support of whānau and friends is to our patients, so this was a very difficult decision to make.
In some cases, exceptions to this policy will be made on essential and compassionate grounds – for example, a parent or guardian who is supporting a child. The decision will be made by a lead clinician and the visitor will undergo screening before they enter to ensure they are well, have clean hands, and are using appropriate personal protective equipment.
Thank you for your support as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives.