Malta at risk of another partial lockdown – MUMN

Nursing union MUMN said that Malta is risking another partial lockdown if it keeps registering a large amount of new coronavirus cases.

In a statement MUMN said that it received information that if the number of cases keeps on increasing Malta will be facing its second wave.

Following its meeting with Health Minister Chris Fearne, MUMN said that although Fearne is not prepared to cancel mass events he seems committed to ensure that such events not abiding by the latest legal notices will be ended permanently and fined.

“Having said that, till now the Government has never committed seriously to proper enforcement of the legal notices issued recently on mass events due the Covid pandemic,” said MUMN.

Saying that the Government has yet to prove itself when it comes to mass evens, MUMN said that it is not in a position to suspend its directives.

The union explained that parties and mass events have been allowed to take place with no social distancing and with “all guidelines being completely ignored”.

MUMN said that Fearne acknowledged that frontliners were facing discrimination and a further meeting will be held to discuss this issue.

MUMN is asking the public to pass on information about where mass events are taking place and whether or not social distancing is being adhered to.

What will the directives be?

As from Friday 7th  August 2020, all Nurses, Midwives  working in SVP, MDH, GGH, KGH, Elderly Homes & MCH are:

  1. Not to wash any patients;
  2. Not to ambulate patients to an armchair from a bed and vice versa;
  3. Not to accompany patients to X-rays, theatres, out-patients etc;
  4. The only forms to be filled by the nurses & midwives are the nursing report, treatment charts, output/input charting, blood glucose monitoring, TPR and Sp02 monitoring; No other forms are to be filled up.

For the Physiotherapist working in SLH, Comm Care/Homes, GGH, SVP, CDAU, MCH, PHC, MDH and KGH:

MDH  

Inpatients : Orthopaedic wards : No electives surgery patients to be seen.

All other Wards:  Only chest patients to be seen.

MDH outpatients: only 3 patients daily  to be seen face to face by each physio.

KGH inpatients:

No new patients to be seen and that includes patients transferred between wards;

No home visits.

KGH  outpatients:

No more than 3 patients  daily to be seen face to face by each physio. 

CDAU

No more than 3 patients daily to be seen face to face by each physio. 

SVPR 

Wards: Only chest patients to be seen;

No ward rounds;

No home visits.

Outpatients : not more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio. 

MCH: 

Wards: Only chest patients to be seen;

 No wards rounds;

 No home visits;

 No classes.

Outpatients :

Not more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio. 

Primary Care

No more than 3  face to face  patients daily to be seen by each physio.

GGH  wards:

no new patients to be seen;

GGH Outpatients : no more than 3 face to face patients daily to be seen by each physio.

Commcare and Homes 

No more than 3 face to face patients daily  to be seen by each physio. 

To all ECG Technician working in all hospitals excluding SAMOC: –

  1. Not to take ECGs which are sent and ordered through the outpatients departments;
  2. Not to take any ECGs requested as a review between 5.00 a.m. and 7.00 a.m.

Vulnerable HealthCare Professionals (members of MUMN)

As From Friday the 7th August, all Healthcare Workers, who were considered vulnerable by Public Health in previous March/April or are currently pregnant, are to request to their respective Hospital Management to work in non-clinical areas, with no patient contact if they consider their current work place as a high risk work place. If the Hospital Administration does not provide a non-clinical placement, they are to stay at home doing teleworking like the rest of the Civil Service.

SAMOC, E/A, ITU, Renal Unit, Theatres, Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Delivery Suite, Primary Health Care (blood letting)  are all being exempted till now from these directives.