East Tallinn hospital bars patient visits from Thursday ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

East-Tallinn Central Hospital's polyclinic.
East-Tallinn Central Hospital's polyclinic. Source: Martin Dremljuga/ERR

A major Tallinn hospital has imposed a ban on patient visits starting Thursday, in response to rising coronavirus rates. Exceptions can be sought in the case of very serious illness.

The East Tallinn Central Hospital (ITKH) will also require patients arriving at the hospital, which has an emergency department, a polyclinic, children's clinic and other facilities, wear a face mask. 

Exceptions to the visit rule apply to patients in a very serious condition and must be cleared with the physician treating the individual, the hospital, located on Liivalaia street south of Tallinn's city center, said Wednesday.

Face masks will be provided and a re mandatory for individuals arriving for in-patient admission as well as those undergoing a routine medical procedure or having a consultation. Hand-disinfectants are already installed as in all hospitals and their use is strongly recommended for all. 

Packages sent to in-patients can further be left with hospital staff at set times on working days and will be forwarded to the relevant ward at the end of each day. 

Packages containing items of personal use or small amounts of pre-packed snacks or drinks can be left for patients staying at the hospital for more than two days.  

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