Discharged St. Augustine's patients urged to contact Health

Discharged St. Augustine's patients urged to contact Health

An urgent appeal is being made to patients who visited the Netcare St Augustine's Hospital in Durban from the beginning of March this year to urgently get in touch with authorities.

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Last week, the KZN Health Department confirmed that 11 health care workers at the private facility tested positive for the coronavirus.

This, after three patients who were admitted to the hospital died of COVID-19 complications.

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After workers tested positive last week, St Augustine's Hospital shut down its emergency department and began conducting mass screenings and testing of all staff. 

The facility has also stopped taking new admissions. Over the weekend, the national Health Ministry said among those affected at St Augustine's are patients, health care workers and other staff members.

So far, 150 tests have been carried out at the facility. Health authorities say Netcare has made available a list of patients that may have been exposed.

It says tracer teams are already on the ground.

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In an appeal that went out on the Health Department's social media pages this morning - officials are urging patients who visited St Augustine's from the 1st of March to contact them on 031 268 5019, that's 031 268 5019.

It says patients will be briefed on the screening and testing processes for the respiratory disease.

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