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Australia Territorians asked to reconsider visits to loved ones in hospital

17:28  01 april  2020
17:28  01 april  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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People in the Northern Territory are being asked to reconsider their need to visit their loved ones in hosp The Royal Darwin Hospital , Gove Hospital , Palmerston Hospital and Katherine Hospital have been restricted to 10am –12pm and 5pm-7 pm each day, with only one visitor permitted per

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People in the Northern Territory are being asked to reconsider their need to visit their loved ones in hospital as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

From today all visitors, including contractors who enter the Territory's four main hospitals including the Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital, Katherine Hospital and Gove Hospital will undergo a screening process to ensure they are in good health.

This includes a verbal questionnaire upon entry and routine screening, while security at the Alice Springs Hospital will monitor all entries into the building. 

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a tall building: From today all visitors, including contractors who enter the Territory's four main hospitals including the Royal Darwin Hospital. © AAP From today all visitors, including contractors who enter the Territory's four main hospitals including the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Visiting hours at all public hospitals have also been reduced and the Department of Health is warning they could be limited even further if people do not comply.

The Royal Darwin Hospital, Gove Hospital, Palmerston Hospital and Katherine Hospital have been restricted to 10am –12pm and 5pm-7 pm each day, with only one visitor permitted per patient.

The same rules apply at the Alice Springs Hospital and Tennant Creek Hospital, with only one visitor allowed per patient.

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There are exceptions for patients in palliative care, maternity and paediatric wards.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Di Stephens told Mix 104.9 it's crucial community transmission does not occur in the Northern Territory.

"The Hospitals are really being hyper vigilant about people who potentially have COVID-19 infection don't mix with the Northern Territory community who don't have it," Professor Stephens said.

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 Cécile Bois explains why she did not want to go to the hospital: Your browser does not support this video Persistent symptoms "I always have a veil on the lungs which no longer suffocates me, but which breathlessens me with the slightest effort. My nose is still taken, it's been three weeks, I still have a cough, but I no longer have a fever either "," explained Cécile Bois, who hopes "to be out of the frightening tunnel" .

"They've bought in these measures to separate out the people that potentially have the disease, not that we have community transmission, but we have systems in place now to prepare us for that eventuality if that does happen.

"So, we're putting those processes in place and we'll keep the non-Covid part of our hospital population free of the disease."

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Anyone with cold or flu like symptoms or the elderly is urged to reconsider their need to visit.

Department of Health Chief Executive Catherine Stoddard said it's vital all hospital visitors practice social distancing and good hygiene.

"Please be mindful of using lifts at the hospital to avoid crowding. If in doubt, wait for the next lift to ensure more personal space or take the stairs," Professor Stoddart said.    

"I understand the distress patients may feel during this time, and I ensure we are working extremely hard to help Territorians."

Professor Stoddard said anyone who requires emergency medical treatment should still access the Territory's hospital services.

"We are, however, asking those who have non-emergency health issues to see their GP as soon as they become sick to try to avoid becoming unwell. This helps our hospitals can care for those who most need a hospital bed during this time," she said.

More than 2000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the Northern Territory so far, with between 120- 150 tests completed on average per day.

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Cécile Bois explains why she did not want to go to the hospital: "Psychologically, it was taking the risk of dying" (VIDEO) .
Your browser does not support this video Persistent symptoms "I always have a veil on the lungs which no longer suffocates me, but which breathlessens me with the slightest effort. My nose is still taken, it's been three weeks, I still have a cough, but I no longer have a fever either "," explained Cécile Bois, who hopes "to be out of the frightening tunnel" .

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