Visitor restrictions at Espoo Hospital wards

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2020-12-03 14:29

Visits to patients at Espoo Hospital are prohibited from 2 December to 20 December 2020. The visitor ban does not apply to the close relatives of patients in hospice care. The hospital may, on a discretionary basis, make an exception to the visitor ban for compelling reasons.

Due to the deteriorating coronavirus situation in Espoo, visits to patients at Espoo Hospital are prohibited at the moment. The visitor ban took effect on 2 December 2020 and will be in force until 20 December 2020. The purpose of the visitor ban is to reduce the risk of infections among patients and staff at Espoo Hospital.

The visitor ban does not apply to the close relatives of patients in hospice care. The hospital may, on a discretionary basis, make an exception to the visitor ban for compelling reasons.

Visits to patients in hospice care must be agreed on in advance with the ward staff. Only two close relatives may visit a patient at a time.

Visitors must take care of good hand hygiene during their visit. The staff provide advice on hand hygiene to visitors. All visitors must wear a mask throughout their visit, also in the patient’s room. Masks are available at the hospital.

Close relatives may visit the hospital if they are in full health, in other words they have no symptoms of a possible coronavirus infection, such as a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, shortness of breath, loss of the sense of taste or smell, or diarrhoea or stomach pain without an apparent cause. If a close relative is in isolation due to a coronavirus infection or in quarantine due to coronavirus exposure or travelling abroad (up-to-date instructions on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare), they are not allowed to visit the hospital.

Visitor instructions for the HUS delivery ward at Espoo Hospital can be found on the HUS website.