PHA implements safety measures following confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID19)

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Effective immediately, the following measures are being implemented following the identification of first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Bahamas. These immediate changes are intended to minimize person-to-person contact and increase the safety of patients, staff, and public.

Access to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)

▪ Patients and visitors must enter the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) through the new Critical Care Block Entrance.
▪ All Maternity patients including Maternity-Day cases must enter through the Maternity Entrance.
▪ Only Dialysis patients will be permitted to use the Medical Block Entrance prior to their appointment times.
▪ All staff are asked to access the hospital via the Legacy Entrance or the former Administration Entrance. Staff are required to wear their ID badge at all times. PMH Emergency Department & Ambulance Services
The public is advised that ONLY Emergency Cases will be managed during this period.

Additionally, the public is asked to only use Ambulance Services for emergencies. The public should contact theirpersonal physicians for non-emergencies during the day and Accident & Emergency after hours.

Visitation
Princess Margaret Hospital

Recognizing that asymptomatic individuals often appear healthy, prospective hospital visitation is strongly discouraged for the health and safety of all. If you must visit, the following schedule is effective immediately. All PMH Ward visitation will take place once per day between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Units visitation will take place once per day between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily. All patients will be allowed one approved visitor per day for no more than 15 minutes. Visitors are
restricted to immediate family.

Grand Bahama Health Services

Visitation is allowed only on the Pediatrics Ward until further notice. Persons requiring information on their relatives are asked to call 350-6700. Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Visitation at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and Geriatric Hospital are hereby suspended.

Visitors shall be screened upon arrival which will include a temperature check and a brief Q&A/declaration interview. Persons presenting with fever or exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be denied entry for visitation. It is anticipated that screening measures employed will cause some delay at the approved entry. Members of the public are asked to utilize the following COVID 19 Hotline phone numbers for COVID related information.

New Providence : 376-9350 / 376-9387
Grand Bahama Numbers:
8a.m. – 8 p.m. 727-0140 / 815-1667
8 p.m. – 8a.m. 727-0401/ 806-3550

The public is encouraged to continue required hygiene practices, including handwashing for 20 seconds, use of hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 60% or more after touching surfaces, door handles, and other objects. Disinfect your phones, counters, and bathrooms regularly. We also encourage you to practice social distancing, self-isolation if you experience flu-like symptoms and fever and avoiding gatherings. The PHA thanks the public for their support during this time. Further announcements and updates on hospital services will be disseminated as it becomes necessary. Members of the public are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline Numbers at 376.9350 and 376.9387 for further guidance and assistance.

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