<p><em><span style="background: white; color: black;">[Updated 21 January 2022]</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 14.1pt 30.45pt 0.0001pt 0in;"><span style="background: white; color: black;">To better protect our patients and healthcare workers, particularly in settings with vulnerable persons, in-person visits to all hospital wards</span><sup><span>1 </span></sup><span style="background: white; color: black;">and residential care homes will be suspended for a period of four weeks, <strong>from</strong></span><strong><span style="background: white; color: black;">&nbsp;24 January to 20 February 2022 (both dates inclusive)</span></strong><span style="background: white; color: black;">. </span></p> <p style="margin: 14.1pt 30.45pt 0.0001pt 0in;"><span style="background: white; color: black;">During this period, hospitals and homes can make assessments on a case-by-case basis to allow in-person visits for exceptional cases. More details for visits to hospitals and homes can be found below.</span></p> <p style="margin: 14.1pt 30.45pt 0.0001pt 0in;"><span style="background: white; color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Pre-visit testing requirements at hospitals and homes</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span>Visitors who are allowed into hospital wards and homes will be required to show a valid negative ART result obtained within the last 24 hours of each visit. All tests are to be self-funded by the visitor. This is a mandatory&nbsp;requirement for all visitors regardless of vaccination status, except for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and are able to present a valid Pre-Event Test (PET) exemption notice<sup>2</sup>.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Fully vaccinated or medically ineligible visitors can perform an unsupervised self-administered ART or opt for an ART administered by MOH-approved COVID-19&nbsp;test providers (including tests performed at Quick Test Centres) to fulfil the pre-visit testing requirement. Those who opt to undergo unsupervised self-administered ART will be required to show evidence of a valid ART result, e.g. present a time-stamped photo of the dated ART result and photo ID for verification prior to entry.</span></li> <li><span>Non-fully vaccinated visitors would be required to show results of ART&nbsp;administered or supervised by MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers (including&nbsp;Quick Test Centres). Results from unsupervised self-administered ART will not be&nbsp;accepted for this group of visitors.</span></li> </ul> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">In-person visits at hospitals</span></strong></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="color: black;">The following patient groups will continue to be allowed visitors on a case-by&nbsp;case basis, as assessed by the hospitals:&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 14.1pt 0in 0.0001pt 18.55pt;"><span>a. Patients who are in critical condition;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 18.8pt;"><span>b. Paediatric patients;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 18.6pt;"><span>c. Birthing/post-partum mothers; and&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> d. Patients requiring additional care support from caregivers. Examples of&nbsp;caregivers include those providing assistance to inpatients who have mental incapacities or family members who are undergoing caregiver training to better&nbsp; care for their loved ones after hospital discharge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The above patient groups would be allowed only <strong>one pre-designated visitor</strong>, with one visit per day. Patients who are in critical condition may be allowed up to five&nbsp;pre-designated visitors, with a maximum of two visitors at the patient’s bedside at any&nbsp;one time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="color: black;">All visitors approved to enter hospital wards must don face masks with good filtration capability at all times. These include surgical masks and reusable masks that are made of two layers of fabric. Visitors are reminded not to eat or drink in the hospital wards or use the patients’ toilets in the wards. They should also avoid sitting on patients’ beds.</span></p> <p style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><sup><span style="color: black;"><br> <em>1</em></span></sup><em><span style="color: black;">Includes public acute hospitals, community hospitals and private hospitals&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p><em><sup><span>2 </span></sup></em><span><em>Recovered individuals (within last 180 days) can obtain a PET Exemption Notice from any clinic&nbsp; offering ART or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing services.</em></span></p>

For more information, refer to MOH’s press release.

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