Waimea hosptial reopens outpatient services

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea recently expanded the availability of its clinics and outpatient services.

Clinics and outpatient services, such as imaging and rehabilitation services, were significantly reduced last month and elective procedures were ceased in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase hospital capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.

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“We understand that many people have delayed getting routine and elective care,” said Cindy Kamikawa, QNHCH president. “In recent days, the growth of new coronavirus cases has slowed and data suggests that the state won’t run out of hospital beds and other resources as many had feared. With this positive trend and the added precautions we have taken, we can safely care for our community members’ health care needs. Telehealth is still an option, but we want people to know it is safe to come in for an in-person visit.”

The hospital initiated numerous procedures to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff:

• Everyone entering the hospital or clinics will be screened and asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. If a patient does not have a mask, the hospital will provide one for them.

• Seating in waiting rooms has been adjusted to help assure social distancing.

• Visitors are not allowed in hospitals or clinics.

• Staff members are trained in the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and have all the necessary equipment to safely care for all patients.

• All equipment, surfaces and public areas are cleaned with a disinfectant approved for use and effective in killing COVID-19.

The hospital plans to resume surgical services next week.

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Leaving one’s home to seek medical care is an essential and allowable activity under the state’s stay-at-home order.

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital is located at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway. For more information, visit ww.nhch.com or call 885-4444.

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