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Visiting our sites under alert level 1

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Visitor restrictions at our hospitals and other health facilities have now been lifted. We will be winding down our screening on arrival at our hospitals, but you will still be screened if you visit on 22 September.  

Our emergency departments and some high risk areas within our hospitals may continue to screen visitors in high risk areas.

  • General visiting hours are now 10am-1pm and 3pm - 8pm
  • Until the end of September 2020, no visitors under the age of 5 will be allowed in our neonatal intensive care unit.  This includes siblings.
  • Some speciality units have different arrangements. Read more

We will no longer be recording details of visitors.  We encourage you to keep a record of your own movements for contact tracing purposes.

Some entrances to Wellington Hospital remain closed. View a map of how to access the hospital.


COVID-19 testing

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Community-based Assessment Centres have been set up across the Wellington Region.

These centres, also known as CBACs (Community Based Assessment Centres), are primarily to screen and assess people for testing, and test those who meet the criteria

No on-demand (or drop-in) COVID-19 testing is being carried out in the hospital. 

Maternity Care

If you are pregnant and expecting to give birth soon, you may be worried about what giving birth will be like while the country is in COVID-19 Level 1.

Maternity care is an essential service.  All your maternity care will still be provided. However,  protect you, your baby and your whānau, we’ve made some changes to how we work.

There are no longer restrictions on visiting. People will be able to support you during birth and visit you on the ward after the birth of your baby.

Information for pregnant women and mums who are breastfeeding is available on the Ministry of Health website.


Working with our disability community

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We're working to ensure that information about COVID-19  is accessible and ensuring we respond to our community needs as we  tackle COVID-19.

Accessing Healthcare

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia and severe infection of the lungs.

Going to your GP if you think you may have COVID-19

  • If you need to see a Doctor or other medical professional you MUST phone first.
  • Most consultations will happen over the phone (or by video call) to stop any risk of the disease spreading by person to person contact.
  • If a face to face meeting is required, your doctor or other medical professional will organise this with you.
  • If you cannot get through and are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, call 111 for an ambulance.

When should I seek medical advice?

If you are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing, please contact the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

More information about accessing healthcare can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz

 

Parking and transport

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Normal charges will now apply for parking at Wellington Regional Hospital.  View more details on parking

 

Help us unite against COVID-19

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There are lots of things that you can do to keep yourself and those around you well.

Look after yourself

If you or someone you know needs wellbeing support or advice, call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor. This confidential service is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s also useful information on the government’s website COVID19.govt.nz

 

Be kind and stay connected

This is a stressful time for many. Remember to be kind.  Check in on the elderly or vulnerable by phone or video call. Connect them with specialist help (health or welfare for example) if it is needed. Make a difference by dropping off supplies to those who are home sick and ‘virtually’ check in with whānau, friends and neighbours.

Be kind

Protect yourself and others

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). Then dry.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs. Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
Wash your hands with soap

 


 

     

    More information

    More COVID-19 related health information is available on the Ministry of Health website www.health.govt.nz/covid-19

    For information about the national response to COVID-19 and support from across government go to www.covid19.govt.nz

    Last updated 21 September 2020.