Dunstan Hospital has pared back its services in the wake of the nationwide Level 4 lockdown.

Central Otago Health Services (COHS) chief executive Dr Kathy de Luc said she wanted the public the team at the hospital was doing its utmost to meet the needs of our community and support our staff and families during this second Level 4 lockdown.

“We have robust plans and procedures developed in the previous lockdown which we are implementing as the situation evolves.’’

Dr de Luc said as in the previous Level 4 lockdown and with the increasing risk of community transmission CHOS called on the community to adhere to the Government’s Level 4 actions and respect the hospital’s need for; visitor restrictions meaning no visitors would be able to enter the hospital except on compassionate grounds or for essential services, disruption of services — all non-essential outpatient and community visits would be postponed and patients would be informed of alternative arrangements over the coming weeks.

The hospital had reduced its waiting room capacity for services like radiology/x-ray and blood tests to adhere to the Ministry of Health’s recommendations on social distancing.

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