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No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstancesFurther details...

Last updated:
27 March 2020

  • No visitors are allowed, except under exceptional circumstances. The exceptions to the no visitor policy include:
    • A nominated person supporting a terminally ill patient through their end of life care
    • A parent/guardian who is supporting a child
    • The chosen support person of a woman who is giving birth. This does not apply to the woman’s postnatal stay however, and no visitors will be permitted during this stage of the woman’s care
  • The decision about whether exceptional circumstances apply outside of these exemptions is at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Midwife Manager or another lead clinician.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit at any time.
  • All visitors will be assessed at the entry to ensure they meet the exception criteria and will be required to register their details.
  • Visitors who are unwell will not be allowed entry.

These restrictions apply to all wards and services at all times, including the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

Free hearing checks

The Ministry of Health funds free hearing checks for children. If your child has a hearing loss, finding it early is good for their language, learning and social development.

Newborn hearing screening usually happens before you and your baby go home from hospital. It detects moderate and severe hearing loss.

If your baby has hearing loss, the audiologist will talk to you about ways to help your baby and whānau manage it.

Hearing is also screened in Well Child Tamariki Ora checks.

Page last updated: 28 November 2018

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