The State Health Services Organisation (OKYPY) released on Monday updated measures on the operation of Cyprus hospitals in the framework of preventing the spread of Coronavirus, taking into consideration the latest assessments of the Epidemiological Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Health.
The following are effective immediately:
- General rules for all hospitals
- Strictly no visitors to all public hospitals until further notice
- Continuous disinfection of all public hospitals based on a schedule
- Only patients that will be contacted by outpatient clinics can attend scheduled appointments, be admitted and undergo surgery, applicable for all specialties except patients with oncological, haematological and nephrological conditions and other vulnerable groups like paraplegic patients.
- Routine requirements of beneficiaries with scheduled appointments with Specialist Doctors, for example prescriptions, referrals etc, will be fulfilled electronically by the treating doctors. Patients will receive relevant information by telephone.
- Surgeries will only be conducted for emergencies and on patients already admitted, or for patients whose doctor advises their life is in danger should a surgery/examination not be performed (ex. malignant tumour, heart ultrasound, biopsy etc)
- Hospital pharmacies will only provide services to patients with chronic diseases
2. Paphos General Hospital
- The Paphos General Hospital will remain closed and disinfection of the premises will continue
- Testing for Coronavirus by CING of all hospital staff and patients of the pathological clinic and ICU continues.
- Staff that came into contact with the confirmed Coronavirus case have been quarantined and received instructions for self-monitoring of their health.
- All contacts of verified Coronavirus incidents are being tracked
- Patients at the Pathological Clinic and the Intensive Care Unit have been isolated and their clinical condition is under constant evaluation.
- A&E and the dialysis unit continue operations
- Any patients (not already admitted) requiring urgent treatment will be redirected to the private sector
3. Nicosia General Hospital
- All units operate normally except the cardiac surgery clinic which strictly provide services only to patients already admitted, who will gradually be released based on their clinical condition.
- New cardiac surgery cases will be outsourced to the private sector.
4. Famagusta General Hospital
- The Famagusta General Hospital will continue to operate as a reference hospital for confirmed Coronavirus cases. A&E and the dialysis unit are also in operation.
5. Rest public hospitals
- In addition to the general rules under paragraph 1, in the rest public hospitals A&E, dialysis units and treatment of existing patients continue normally.
6. Primary Health Care
- OKYPY health centres will operate normally but the public is called to only visit them for emergencies.
- Personal Doctors will focus on telephone communication with beneficiaries, taking into account that the majority of their patients belong to vulnerable groups of the population.
- Routine requirements of beneficiaries registered with OKYPY doctors (prescriptions, referrals etc) will be fulfilled electronically.
- In cases where remote provision of services has been unsuccessful, patients can only visit the health centres by appointment, aiming to avoid large gatherings of beneficiaries at health centres at once.
Any cancelled appointments at all hospitals will be rescheduled and all affected patients will be contacted.
Patients should only visit A&E for emergencies.
People who have travelled to affected areas in the last 14 days and present mild symptoms should not visit A&E but stay at home and call 1420 for instructions.
OKYPY advises that all measures are aimed at protecting the public and hospital staff on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus.
The public is asked to behave responsibly and follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health.