Patients awaiting coronavirus test results not always isolated, MUMN protests

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Patients undergoing screening for coronavirus are not always being isolated from the general population because nurses are not being informed of the situation, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said.

The union said that since the nurses had been kept in the dark, these patients were placed in wards with others, while the nurses themselves were not wearing protective gear. When they informed the Infection Control Nurse responsible, they were told to apply a protective mask to the patients and continue doing their rounds.

The MUMN insisted that the situation was unacceptable, and that nurses should be informed.

The matter was discussed with Mater Dei Hospital management, and the union was told that the patients concerned were low-risk patients. However, the union emphasised that should they be found to have caught the virus, nurses and their families could end up in quarantine.

Consequently, the union has directed its members to refuse to admit patients from the Emegerncy Department unless they receive a declaration from a doctor confirming whether they were awaiting the results of a coronavirus screening.