Rarotonga Hospital’s emergency department moves to Tupapa

Sunday March 22, 2020 Written by Published in Health
Dr Josephine Herman: “to free up capacity for a possible influx of high-need patients.” Dr Josephine Herman: “to free up capacity for a possible influx of high-need patients.” 20031726

The hospital needs to be prepared to receive Covid-19 patients – that’s the urgent message from Te Marae Ora today as emergency care shifts from the hospital to Tupapa Clinic and new hospital visiting rules take immediate effect.

Visitors to the hospital will be limited to two adults per patient. Visiting hours will close at 3pm daily.

The hospital’s emergency department is moving today, and all urgent medical care will now be provided from the Tupapa Clinic.

The coughs and colds flu clinic at Tupapa is now closed and phone consultations will be offered.

The changes have been implemented by Te Marae Ora, the health ministry, to assist with the implementation of the Cook Islands Emergency Response Plan to Covid-19.

Secretary of Health Dr Josephine Aumea Herman says the changes will free up staff and capacity on the frontline. “We’re shifting our emergency service to free up capacity for a possible influx of high-need patients. These changes take effect immediately. We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

“We simply can’t afford to have our frontline people tied up with avoidable injuries right now. I urge everyone to be extra careful on the roads – reduce speed and don’t drink and drive. If you’re feeling unwell, please call our free call Healthline on 0800 1800 or 0800 1801 or 0800 1802. We have doctors and nurses on standby to assess you by phone.”

From tomorrow all 10 Puna will be activated and there will be health professionals located in each Puna.

Health officials encourage anyone requiring medical advice or attention to call 0800 1800 or 0800 1801 or 0800 1802. All calls to the Healthline are free of charge. For up to date information visit www.covid19.gov.ck

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