30 March 2020
The Government has instructed that all Islanders must stay at home to help limit the spread of Coronavirus in Jersey.
These new measures mean that members of the public should not visit the General Hospital unless it’s an emergency, or they have been called for an urgent outpatient appointment or in-patient procedure. These patients will be telephoned regarding their healthcare plans prior to their appointment.
All non-urgent appointments have been cancelled, and the out-patient department is closed.
If Islanders are showing symptoms of Coronavirus they must first call the helpline on 445566 and not visit their GP.
Medical Officer for Health Dr Ivan Muscat said: “It is imperative that everybody follows the order to stay at home, to ensure that our health service is not overwhelmed by cases and we can provide the best possible care for those who need it.
“The affect this has on the functioning of the hospital will be felt by patients who have already had appointments cancelled. Patients will be contacted by their doctor about urgent healthcare as we will ensure those services continue throughout this epidemic.”
Islanders are reminded to call 999 in the event of an emergency and let the operator know if experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms.
For up-to-date advice and information about the strict new measures to stay at home, Islanders should visit gov.je and follow the Government of Jersey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.