Health and hospital facilities during COVID-19

Updated 11 August 2020

 

Covid-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs and airways. We are still at Alert Level 1 and the virus is uncontained outside New Zealand. We all need to be ready in case Covid-19 reappears in our community. 

 

Whanganui Hospital and primary health services are back to business as usual under Alert Level 1.

 

However, please: 

 

  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Practice good hygiene 
  • Keep track of where you have been  

 

Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19. 

 

Facemasks 

The Ministry of Health recommends that all households prepare for a possible further outbreak of Covid-19 by securing non-medical grade face masks for each household member. 

 

These could be either reusable (and washable), or single use, disposable face masks. 

 

Never share face masks with other people. 

 

Covid-19: Use of masks in the community 

Covid-19:  How to use a face mask safely 

World Health Organisation – how to wear masks safely, including making your own three-layer mask  

 

Visiting Whanganui Hospital 

  

With the move to Alert Level 1, we are pleased to welcome more visitors back to the hospital to see whānau and loved ones. There are no longer restrictions on how many people can visit. 

Whanganui Hospital visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. 

 

However, please:

  • wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • don't come to the hospital if you are unwell with flu-like symptoms
  • keep a record of where you have been
  • use the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer app