As we are all aware we now face a longer period at time in the respective Level 3 and Level 2 lockdown.
Heart Kids is in regular contact with the team at Ward 23b Starship including Charge Nurse Dawn Tucker and Dr Tom Gentles and are working together to provide relevant and up to date information, support and reassurance to our heart kids and families at this difficult time.
Note: One piece of practical advice from Dr Gentles is that heart families should vaccinate against influenza (if they haven’t already) thus avoiding the potential for combined illness.
The positive news is that as things stand at the moment treatment is continuing at Starship. However, there have been some new measures put in place.
Whilst Auckland remains in alert 3
At this point Starship are not able to welcome our family support workers into the hospital.
We will keep you updated as we hear any furhter information. In the meantime stay safe.
As you will be aware the government announced last night that there have been 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Auckland that at this stage cannot be traced. Whilst those cases are being investigated the greater Auckland Area will move to alert level 3 whilst the rest of the country will move to alert level 2.
We appreciate this will cause concern for many people, however like the government we hope that this will be a short lived precautionary period.
As a result the Support Office team will be working from home and the office will be closed for the rest of this week until further notice. Our teams will continue to support those who need support via phone and other online online channels and we will keep you updated on any further developments both here and through our social channels.
For full clarity of what we can and can’t do under Level 2 and Level 3 refer to the government update on the COVID-19 website.
Created on: 12 August 2020