A reminder the HealthPoint website has the latest information regarding Lakes DHB swabbing centre hours.
Hospital visiting hours still limited
At Alert Level 2, hospital visiting hours are 11am -1pm and 4pm to 7pm. Visitors welcomed between these hours are as follows.
Hospital front entrances
Staff will continue to be at the front entrances of the hospitals to ask the screening questions of patients and visitors and ensure visitors wear a mask.
Positive role-modelling- masks and distancing
Staff are reminded that masks are a must while inside Lakes DHB premises. There is also the requirement to remain at least one metre apart from colleagues while eating and drinking.
Patients and visitors must see that staff are being mindful of the guidance under every Alert Level. This extends to not accessing chairs that have been stacked away to enable distancing in the atrium.
COVID-19 swabbing clinics
The COVID-19 swabbing clinics in Rotorua and Taupō are changing back to usual days and hours:
This Healthpoint site outlines available options in Lakes. This will continue to be updated during the COVID-19 Response.
Hospital and community laboratories nationwide have been instructed to reduce non-essential testing in efforts to conserve reagents, cope with staff shortages and mobilise the workforce for COVID-19.
There will be closures of a few collection facilities.
Te Ngae, Ngongotaha.
These rooms will not be opening in the weekend. For any urgent collects required on a weekend, patients are asked to visit the main reception at Lakes hospital and the on-call service will be contacted.
This service has been suspended until further notice unless deemed urgent essential care.
Unless otherwise notified, our current courier service to your practice will continue.
Pathlab ask all clinicians to immediately reconsider or reduce the frequency of laboratory tests that are non-essential, discretionary, routine or can be delayed.
FNAs, bone marrows and skin allergies will require pre-approval by a pathologist and will be restricted to only where absolutely clinically necessary.
Venesections testing will only be of Primary Polycythaemia & Ferritin >1000 or as directed by a Haematologist.
Pathlab appreciate your understanding and assistance in this unusual time and thank those of you who are already doing this or planning to. This is an evolving situation and further notifications may follow.
For more information view this Pathlab clinical update (PDF).
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