New guideline for Inpatient Visitors & Companions

In view of the COVID-19 situation in our country, we wish to proactively introduce more stringent measures to safeguard our patients, visitors and healthcare personnel. This new guideline is effective from 1 September 2021.

  1. Visitor
    1. Strictly NO visitors at any time for any in-patient.
    2. Limited exception with proper supervision may be considered for the D.I.L. patients (Not applicable for COVID-19 Ward).
      1. Only a limited number of next-of-kin are allowed to enter, one at a time with full PPE or negative RTK antigen test, each one is limited to a maximal duration of 15 minutes.
  2. Companion
    1. NO companion is allowed for SARI ward, 9B COVID -19 Ward and ICU.
    2. NO companion is allowed in all other wards. Exception may be considered upon application for a highly dependent patient such as:-
      1. Children and adolescents.
      2. Maternity patients.
      3. Patients with a significant difficulty of mobility.
      4. Disorientated or mentally confused patients.
      5. Patients with severe visual impairment.
    3. Rules for the companion:-
      1. The companion must be asymptomatic and must do a RTK antigen test on initial entry to the ward.
      2. On day 8, the asymptomatic companion needs to repeat a RTK antigen test, which can be spared if he/she did not breach item 2.3.3 or 2.3.4.
      3. The companion is allowed short exit from the ward but should not leave the hospital compound. Short exit is limited to three (3) times a day with duration of less than thirty (30) minutes each. Each exit and return must be logged by the Security Guard during operating hours (8am to 8pm) or Ward Nurse at night (8pm to 8am).
      4. If the companion has a compelling reason to take a home leave, he/she must make an application with the In-charge Nurse. This long exit is limited to a maximum of six (6) hours and allowable for one (1) time within the seven (7) days RTK validity.
      5. If a different companion takes over the accompaniment of the patient, he/she shall be subjected to the same rules applicable for the companion.
    4. The companion status will be cancelled for violation of any of items 2.3.1 to 2.3.5. To resume the companion status, a fresh RTK antigen test is required.
    5. The companion is required to fill up the Inpatient Companion Application form for each entry.  Application can be made before, during and after admission.