Twenty-six public hospitals will adjust the visiting arrangements in non-acute wards and units starting this Friday, the Hospital Authority announced today (Wed).
Under the new arrangement, a one-hour visit will be arranged for patients at lower risk of infection once a day. That included patients under 60; or those aged 60 or above who have completed at least two doses of Covid
vaccination; or at least one dose with an infection history of Covid
Subject to the situation in the wards, up to two registered visitors can enter the ward to visit the patient at the same time. An exchange of visitors is allowed with a maximum of three registered visitors.
For those at higher risk of infection, such as immunocompromised patients or patients aged 60 or above who have completed less than two doses of vaccination, two sessions of one-hour visits will be arranged each week.
Subject to the situation in the wards, up to two registered visitors can enter the ward to visit the patient at the same time.
Family members are not required to call the hospital for appointments. All visitors must provide a nucleic acid test negative result within 48 hours before the visit and meet the Vaccine
"Having considered the overall epidemic situation and wards operations, the HA has adopted a risk-based strategy and adjusted the visiting arrangements in public hospitals in phases to make it easier for the public to visit patients," the HA spokesperson said.
The HA will continue to monitor the epidemic's latest development and extend the new visiting arrangements to other wards and departments if the situation allows.