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As the bulk of the nation shifts to Alert level 3, Central Otago Health Services Ltd (COHSL) / Dunstan Hospital are reminding visitors to comply with restrictions when interacting with services and staff.

During Level 3 COHSL would be continuing to restrict visitors to the hospital and adhere to a strict screening process at the buildings front entry point.

Limited outpatient and radiology services would resume to a limited extent and based on clinical priority only.

Two metre social distancing would be in place in waiting areas.

COHSL chief executive Kathy de Luc said patients would be kept up to date and informed as services resume.

“When we move to Level 3 we ask for people to continue to comply with the Governments guidelines including the mandatory wearing of masks when visiting COHSL facilities and other essential services, checking any locations of interest before you visit and using your QR code or signing in and keeping a record of where you have visited,” Dr de Luc said.

Some community visits would continue to be managed differently and patients would be informed of alternative arrangements over the coming weeks if they are not receiving face-to -face visits for care.

Dr de Luc said she wanted to thank the community for adhering to the restrictions on services in place during the Level 4 lockdown.

“Your actions help keep our communities safe and enable our staff to be available to care for our most vulnerable people both in our Hospital and the community,” she said.