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Coronavirus: A&E at Limassol, Paphos hospitals closed for 72 hours

The A&E departments of Limassol and Paphos Hospitals have suspended operations for 72 hours, while those at Nicosia and Larnaca Hospitals will cater only for emergencies, the Health Ministry has announced.

In addition outpatient departments at Paphos and Limassol Hospitals have suspended operations with the exception and with special arrangements for hematological and oncology cases,  dialysis and thalassaemia.

Famagusta Hospital continues to operate as the referral hospital for coronavirus patients. The A&E and dialysis unit are also in operation.

The announcement came as a a decree came into force placing all registered doctors and nurses under the orders of the Health Minister as part of sweeping measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The ministry also said that in order to better manage human resources, protect health professionals working at public hospitals and who will be called upon to care for those who may fall heavily ill it was decided that:

Limassol -Paphos General Hospitals

(a) Out-patient departments suspend operations, both for scheduled and emergency cases. All operations are suspended. Patients must apply to the private sector (Evangelismos and Blue Cross Hospitals in Paphos district and Mediterranean in Limassol district) after an agreement between them and the ministry

(b) Hematological and oncology cases, dialysis and thalassaemia are excluded. Special arrangements will be made so as to safeguard the health of patients and health care professionals. Patients should contact the relevant clinics.

(c) A&E suspend operations for 72 hours and all cases will be handled by the private sector hospitals above except in exceptional cases where the services cannot be provided by the private sector.

(d) Imaging and clinical labs will continue to operate, complying with the protocol for protection against coronavirus

Nicosia General Hospital

(a) Suspension of cold cases and handling of emergencies (where the private sector cannot handle them)

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

(c) suspension of the heart surgery unit

Larnaca General Hospital

(a) Outpatient wards to suspend operation. All scheduled surgeries also to be suspended.

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

Famagusta General Hospital

Famagusta Hospital continues to operate as the referral hospital for confirmed coronavirus cases.

The A&E and dialysis unit are also in operation.

General rules for hospitals

(a) Prohibition of all visits to patients remains in force
(b) The special pharmacy booths at the hospitals will operate only for those with chronic conditions

The ministry thanked all health professionals in the public health service for their dedication and the private doctors who have volunteered to help.

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