Visitor access for patients at Mater Dei to be restored from Monday

    Miguela Xuereb

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Patients recovering at Mater Dei Hospital will be allowed to receive visitors as from Monday. Visiting hours have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta for the last two months.

    In a Facebook post, Mater Dei Hospital announced that visitors will be allowed for an hour daily and subject to a number of conditions. Visiting hours will be from 5pm to 6pm.

    The patient may have only one visitor at a time and the visitor must wear either a mask or a face shield. Visitors who will be screened by hospital staff before being permitted to proceed, are being urged to practise hand hygiene. In its notice, the hospital has asked those individuals who feel unwell to refrain from visiting their loved ones.

    Visiting hours were suspended on 9 April. This temporary measure did not apply for people visiting young children and for situations deemed “extraordinary”.

    The measure came into force on the same day that Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne had announced the first coronavirus-related death of a woman who was at the Gozo General Hospital.