Public hospital visits adjusted

September 28, 2022

The Hospital Authority today announced that 26 public hospitals will adjust the visiting arrangements in non-acute wards and units starting from September 30.


Under the new arrangement, for patients at lower risk of infection, including those aged under 60, or patients aged 60 or above who have completed at least two doses or above of COVID-19 vaccination or at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination with an infection history of COVID-19, a one-hour visit will be arranged for them once a day.


For patients at higher risk of infection, such as immunocompromised patients, or patients aged 60 or above who have completed less than two doses of COVID-19 vaccination, two sessions of one-hour visits will be arranged each week.


Up to two registered visitors can enter the ward to visit the patient at the same time.


Hospital staff will contact patients' family members on a case-by-case basis and explain the visiting arrangements and schedule the visit. Family members are not required to call the hospital for appointments.


All visitors must provide a negative nucleic acid test result obtained within 48 hours prior to the visit, and must meet the Vaccine Pass requirements.


Public hospitals will also continue to facilitate compassionate visiting arrangements or video visiting as far as practicable and provide other feasible assistance to patients and their families.


The authority will extend the new visiting arrangements to other wards and departments if the situation allows.

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