In order to minimise the risk of infection and to protect at-risk groups, certain exceptional arrangements apply to visits to units.
Please read these instructions before hospital visits. The instructions must be followed in all hospitals and Birth clinics in Kymenlaakso.
General instructions during visits:
Patients, such as an elderly person or a child, who need a support person may be accompanied by one escort. Escorts are obliged to wear face masks in the hospitals.
Visits to Kymsote units are prohibited if the person has any symptoms of infectious disease (e.g. cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain and/or headache) or has been exposed to coronavirus.
Everyone must practise good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser must be used on arrival at the hospital and on leaving. Hand sanitiser is available in the hospital.
Safety distances (at least 2 metres) between persons must be observed in the hospital), including when visiting patients in the wards.
Persons visiting wards for special reasons must register with the ward office at the beginning of the visit.
Check the unit-specific exceptional situations before coming to the locations.
Hospital visitors are obliged to wear face masks throughout the visit. This obligation applies above all to those escorting patients and to visitors. The obligation applies to persons over the age of 12. The mask must be put on at the hospital door. Most importantly, everyone must have their own mask.
Visits in Kymsote hospitals
Due to the difficult situation with the Covid-19 virus in Kymenlaakso, visits to patients in care at Kymenlaakso Central Hospital, North Kymi Hospital, Hamina and Karhula hospitals and the rehabilitation unit in Hoiku are only allowed with special conditions.
- A maximum of one person can come at a time, or 2 if the visitor needs an escort.
- Visiting time is generally from 1 pm to 6 pm, and the maximum duration of the visit is 15 minutes. At other times, visits must be agreed separately with the staff of the department.
- If it is possible to carry out the visit outdoors, it may last longer than 15 minutes. A mask should also be worn during an outdoor visit.
- The visitor must be healthy, wear a surgical mouth-nose guard throughout the visit, maintain a safe distance to others, follow good hand hygiene and other instructions given by staff.
- Even a slight symptom of an infectious disease is an obstacle to a visit.
The restrictions do not apply to Kymenlaakso Psychiatric Hospital, the palliative care units Villa Apila and Villa Meri, the children’s ward, or to childbirth support persons. These exceptions will be permitted in accordance with the guidelines in force at the time of the decision. Visits by close relatives of dying and critically ill patients are also allowed in a manner agreed upon with the staff of the care unit in question.
Births and maternity clinics
If you are coming to a maternity clinic, gynecological outpatient clinic or maternity clinic and have symptoms indicative of the coronavirus (fatigue, headache, runny nose, cough, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea) or have been abroad within the past 14 days, please contact us in advance for further instructions.
Births and maternity clinics contact information
Kymenlaakso Central Hospital, Kotka
Maternity outpatient clinic, tel. 020 633 6014
Gynaecological outpatient clinic, tel. 020 633 6010
Maternity reception, tel. 020 633 6000
Ward 8, tel. 020 633 6024
Instructions for patients and support persons
- Patients and support persons must wear a face mask throughout the hospital visit, when moving around in the facilities when other patients or staff are present. Moving around inside the hospital should be minimised. However, if, for example, the mother and father are in the delivery room or are together in the patient room of the delivery ward, face masks do not need to be used.
- The expectant mother does not need to wear a mask during childbirth if she is asymptomatic.
- The support person may be present at screening ultrasound examinations (early pregnancy and middle-stage pregnancy), the onset of childbirth, vaginal birth and postpartum care in the delivery ward. In addition, the support person can be present at the reception for expectant mothers who fear childbirth (SYPE in Finnish) and reception for expectant mothers who use or have used drugs, alcohol or medicines (HAL in Finnish).
- Support persons are not permitted to be present at doctor’s appointments in the maternity outpatient’s clinic until further notice. Neither is a support person allowed to wait in the maternity outpatient’s clinic lobby. This enables us to maintain adequate safety distances in the waiting area.
- If the method of childbirth is Caesarean section, the support person must wait in the delivery room during the operation.
- There can only be one support person. The support person must be healthy. They must not have any symptoms of infection and must not have been exposed to the coronavirus. In addition, they must not have been abroad during the past 14 days.
- Family rooms are is use.
- Childbirth coaching is arranged at least until further notice, but visits to see the maternity unit are not possible.
- If necessary, a doula can be present during the childbitrh.
- No visitors other than the support person or doula are allowed. Visiting times are 8-20.