As of this morning, visiting hours at Netcare hospitals have
been suspended, except in specific special circumstances, as a further
precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Netcare announced.

“In light of the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we
needed to take extraordinary measures to protect all healthcare teams and our
patients who cannot be discharged,” Dr Richard Friedland, Netcare chief
executive officer, explained.

The following measures will apply:

 All visiting hours for general wards, ICUs and the high care
units will be suspended with immediate effect.

The only exceptions are as follows:

·        
Nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs):
only ONE parent at a time is allowed to visit newborns in a nursery or NICU.
This is on condition that the parent visiting has had no COVID-19 exposure and
accepts that very strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to
minimise the risks to their baby and other babies being cared for in these
facilities. No grandparents and siblings will be allowed to visit.

·        
Paediatrics: Only ONE parent at a time is
permitted to live in with an admitted child. This parent is required to have
had no COVID-19 exposure and accepts that very strict infection prevention
controls will be put in place to minimise the risks to their child and other
children being cared for in our paediatric facilities. No grandparents and
siblings will be allowed to visit.

·        
Gravely ill patients: an exception can be
granted by the hospital general manager, as authorised by the regional
director, in these instances. A minimal number of visitors will be granted this
exception and they will be required to wear a mask.

SOURCE: Issued by  MNA
on behalf of Netcare