QEH pharmacy hours extended, visiting hours reduced
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has introduced reduced visiting hours effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in order to contain the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
The new interim visiting hours across all general and surgical wards are noon to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visits to the hospital’s Intensive Care Units – Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – will be facilitated between 11 and 11:30 a.m.; 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and 5:30 and 6 p.m.
Patients will be allowed a maximum of two visitors during each hour. This rule will be strictly enforced.
People are encouraged to only visit relatives necessary. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose and/or shortness of breath, are strongly discouraged from visiting family members admitted to the QEH.
Additionally, visitors to the hospital will be required to submit to a temperature check and sign in at the main entrance.
Meanwhile, the opening hours of the QEH pharmacy have been extended to facilitate dispensing a two-month supply of medication to outpatients.
The pharmacy will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays; and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
It is advised that people on medication have a minimum two-month supply of all medications prescribed. As such, this limited dispensation service is a precautionary measure to ensure patient care is not compromised.
People visiting the pharmacy are asked to observe a three feet, or one-metre space between themselves and others, and after submission of the prescription script to return to their seat until their name is called. (QEH)