Vaasa Hospital District will maintain the same policy on coronavirus testing as before
3/16/2020 3:50 PM Redaktion_Toimitus
One new coronavirus infection has been identified in the Vaasa Hospital District. As we continue to slow down the spread of infections, testing will continue as before. Customers returning from abroad must reschedule their appointments and hospital visits are restricted.
One new coronavirus infection was confirmed in the Vaasa Hospital District late on Sunday 15 March 2020. The infection is from Central Europe. The patient is of working age, is in isolation and in good health at home. Those who were exposed to the infection from this person are being monitored.
Last week, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) revised their national guidelines and sampling criteria for suspected coronavirus cases. Since only two infections have now been detected, the Vaasa Hospital District will not change its testing policy to the national policy. Thus, for the time being, tests will only be taken on those who show symptoms and have been exposed to the virus (i.e. a stay abroad or close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus).
If you suspect coronavirus infection, you should always first contact your local health centre, or call the out-of-hours service number tel. 116117. Unless a blood sample is required, testing will take place at a testing point by the ambulance area of the Accident & Emergency clinic.
Reception hours for patients who have been abroad are also being postponed.
Visiting a hospital with a possible coronavirus infection exposes patients and healthcare personnel to infection. Therefore, both visitors and those arriving to the outpatient clinic for procedures are now being instructed as follows:
- Do not visit if you have mild flu symptoms. All visits require careful consideration and in case of doubt, contact the ward/unit first.
- If you have mild flu symptoms, move your appointment - do not come for an appointment if you have the flu.
- Please contact the Nursing Unit if you have been abroad or are arriving from there and have an appointment within 14 days of returning. Some units can be contacted by telephone, but this is not possible throughout the hospital. Therefore, we also ask you to contact us using your own initiative.
Visits are strictly forbidden in the Intensive Care Unit, Neurological and Internal Medicine Unit E5, and the Oncology ward. Only the relatives of the patient are allowed to visit the oncology ward by appointment. Only the spouse or support person of the mother giving birth may visit the maternity unit. Only the parents of a child are allowed to visit newborns.