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Changes to visitor rules at Ashburton Hospital after country moves to Orange covid setting.

Patients with planned elective surgery dates or medical appointments can assume they are still going ahead, unless they have been contacted otherwise, according to Canterbury District Health Board.

The advice is among changes to the district health board’s (DHB) visitor policy at all its sites, including Ashburton Hospital.

It includes the implementation of visitor cards.

Canterbury District Health Board Emergency Co-ordination Centre incident controller Tracey Maisey said an enforced limited-visitor policy had been implemented across all its facilities in response to the ongoing transmission of covid Omicron variant in the community.

Changes included the use of the cards for approved visitors to the hospitals.

“When an approved visitor visits for the first time, they should inform the staff member at the entrance that this is their first visit and they don’t have a card,” she said.

Staff at the hospital reception will confirm with the ward the person is able to visit and once in the ward, the person will be given a future access.

Surgical or medical masks must be worn at all DHB facilities and will be provided if people don’t have them.

“Approved visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell,” Ms Maisey said.

Visitors were required to scan in using the covid Tracer App or sign in on arrival and provide contact details. Hand sanitiser stations were also visible and must be used.

Visitor rules – only approved visitors under the following categories are permitted: On compassionate grounds please check with the ward’s charge nurse before you come to hospital to visit.

– People attending ED/AAU can have one support person with them

– Women in labour are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities.

– Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital.

– For whanau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care (kaitiaki).

– People with disabilities attending an appointment can have one support person.