In a very short space of time Omicron has become the dominant COVID-19 variant in many countries and community cases are now in New Zealand, and it will rapidly spread in our community.
Our focus on preparation for the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues. The outbreak of omicron in our community will place demand on our hospital system as we know it will rapidly infect many people. It’s pleasing to see the commencement of the paediatric COVID-19 vaccination this week.
We are very proud to have our own Dr Lindsay Mildenhall, Neonatologist, recognised in the New Year Honours 2022 and also appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to neonatal intensive care and resuscitation training.
As we head into the peak of our summer the number of people infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19 has declined dramatically with only one active case in Middlemore Hospital at the start of this week.
ACC will be increasing parking rates for visitors at Middlemore Hospital. The new rates will start on 19 January 2022. These increases take place every three years. Please also note that the cost of compassionate parking will increase at the same time from $50. 00 per week to $60. 00 per week.
With Auckland’s move to the orange ‘traffic light’ setting proposed to come into place Thursday, 30 December our visiting policy will remain largely the same as under the red setting. All patients will be supported to nominate two registered whaanau (Kaitiaki/partners in care), preferably from the same bubble.
Traditional fare on the menu at Middlemore HospitalChristmas is about a lot of things. For most people one of those things is food.
The Chairs of the interim entities Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority have appointed Fepulea’i Margie Apa and Riana Manuel as Chief Executives to lead these two new health entities.
They didn’t come down the fireplace – but boxes of gifts have appeared at our Kidz First Hospital who are the grateful recipients of donated Christmas gifts which will be given to our tamariki in hospital on Christmas Day.