Some SA hospitals to allow family visits at end of life stage

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Patients with COVID-19, who are considered to be at “end of life stages”, may be allowed restricted visits by loved ones, News24 reports according to new protocols released by some hospitals. These will require the permission of hospital management and will be within strict guidelines.

“Visitation for end of life situations will continue to be arranged by the hospital general manager to ensure a compassionate approach, regardless of a patient’s COVID-19 status,” said Netcare. “Such visitation is subject to certain conditions, which will be discussed with the patient’s family. However, Netcare hospitals will accommodate requests as far as possible.”

Melomed said: “There are no visits to people with COVID-19, but we will arrange a visit to the COVID-19 patients, who are at the end of life stage. We will provide the full (personal protective equipment) to the visitor with strict control measures.”

Different zones can be expected in a hospital, depending on the outcome of a COVID-19 test or whether a result has been received, pre-admission tests for elective surgeries, and restricted visits, with COVID-19 prevention measures being enforced.

 

Full News24 report

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