June 21, 2022

Kiosks will be set up at Taranaki hospitals to screen visitors for Covid-19

Health screening kiosks will be set up at hospitals in Taranaki to ask visitors about symptoms and contacts with Covid-19.

Simon O’Connor / Stuff

Health screening kiosks will be set up at hospitals in Taranaki to ask visitors about symptoms and contacts with Covid-19.

Visitor health screening kiosks are being introduced at Taranaki Base Hospital to help protect patients, visitors and staff from Covid-19.

Touchscreens ask visitors to answer simple questions about any symptoms they may have experienced in the past three days, and whether they have had contact with someone with Covid-19.

Visitors also log where they go on campus, creating an emergency registry, said Taranaki District Health Board project sponsor Wendy Langlands.

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They are now in place at the hospital’s main entrances and maternity ward for an initial three-week trial period to gather user experience feedback, before being rolled out to all hospital entrances. Taranaki Base, Hāwera Hospital and Stratford Medical Center.

The system will ensure a consistent health screening process for every visitor to the hospital campus and provide on-site registration of people at all times, Langlands said in an emailed statement.

“Asking visitors to answer a few simple questions before entering the hospital means we can ensure that our controls to prevent Covid-19 and other infections are consistent and effective.

“The system also means that we have an up-to-date register of people on site, which allows us to improve our emergency management protocols and our health and safety requirements.”

If answers to screening questions suggest that a person may be at increased risk of infection, further screening will take place to maintain safety.

Security guards will remain at the entrances to assist people, and informational posters will advise and inform visitors about the screening process and why it is being implemented.