Protecting tamariki the priority as Kidz First changes visitor policy

Due to a sudden increase in admissions of children to hospital and the risk of spreading viruses across our community, our Kidz First visitor policy has changed.

The policy change will see only parents and primary caregivers able to visit those children admitted to hospital. No other visitors, including siblings will be permitted.

Dr Vanessa Thornton, Director of Hospital Services, says the change to the policy is not a decision that was made lightly but is in the best interest of the tamariki in our care and in the community.

“The recent respiratory viruses that are now prevalent in our community are showing to be highly contagious, particularly among children.

“As such in order to keep those in our care and their siblings, other young family members, and tamariki in our community safe we have made the decision to implement a restricted visitor’s policy for our Kidz First hospital in the expectation that this will help to slow the spread of viruses.”

Dr Thornton thanked the community for their understanding.

“We know this can be a difficult time for many of you who want to be there for their loved one.

“We ask our community to remember we are doing this to help ensure tamariki in our hospital and in our community are safe.”

Key information

Until further notice our KIDZ First Hospital visitor policy has changed:

  • Both parents/primary care givers can be present during the day.
  • One parent /primary care giver can stay overnight.
  • No other visitors are allowed – this includes siblings.

Contact information

If you have any question please contact the appropriate team:

  • NICU 021-802-374
  • SCBU 021-820-627
  • Kidz First Medical and Surgical 021-898-261
  • Kidz First Emergency Department 09-276-0000

If you are a visitor and feel unwell, you must stay at home.