What you need to know about visitations to paediatric intensive care units during Level 1

Hospitals still have COVID-19 restrictions in place for visitors even though we have moved to lockdown Level 1.

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It’s really scary when your little one has to spend time in the ICU – for both you and him. With COVID-19 safety protocols still in place, many moms worry that they won’t be able to be with their child should they be admitted to hospital.

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The good news moms, is that Netcare hospitals do allow parents to visit kids when they’re admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The sad news: you’re only allowed to visit once a day, unfortunately.

Here are some other visitation protocols that currently apply to paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in Netcare hospitals:

  • Only the parents or legal guardians of a baby or child admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) will be allowed to visit at the discretion of the unit manager.
  • Only one visit per day will be permitted.
  • Unfortunately parents can’t room in with their children.
  • Parents should contact the unit manager prior to visiting, to establish whether both parents or only one parent may visit at a time, as well as at what time and for how long you can visit.
  • If possible, the designated visitors should remain the same for the duration of admission.
  • The parent(s) visiting must undergo symptom and temperature screening upon arrival, perform hand hygiene and wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times.
  • If a parent doesn’t pass the screening process or doesn’t follow hospital protocols which include practising hand hygiene, wearing of masks and adhering to social or physical distancing, they will not be allowed to visit.

What about visitation policies at other hospitals?

Mediclinic

  • One parent at a time is allowed to visit the neonatal ICU.
  • One parent may live in with the child in the paediatric unit.

Visiting hours for all Mediclinic hospitals differ, so it’s important to phone the hospital ahead of your visit to find out about visiting times as these constantly change.

It’s also important to know that you will be screened for COVID-19 before entering the hospital and if you’re not well, you probably won’t be allowed to enter the hospital.

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