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Hospital Patients Are Allowed To Have Visitors And Caretakers Who Meet The Criteria

Hospital Patients Are Allowed To Have Visitors And Caretakers Who Meet The Criteria

The Health Ministry lists which patients are allowed to have visitors or caretakers to accompany them.

Adeline Leong

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In a statement today, the Ministry of Health (KKM) has announced that visitors and caretakers are allowed to accompany some hospital patients.

The standard operating procedures must still be observed to curb the further spread of Covid-19.

Here’s a list of patients who are allowed to have visitors or caretakers:

  • Patients who are critically ill.
  • Patients under palliative care.
  • Patients under end-of-life care.
  • Disabled patients.
  • Senior citizen patients.
  • Patients who need communication aids.
  • Paediatric patients (children).
  • Mothers in labour.

Visitors and caretakers must also meet these requirements before being allowed to see the patient:

  • Age 18 and above.
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Not part of a high-risk group for Covid-19 such as senior citizens, have comorbidities, or weak immune systems.
  • Not suspected of having Covid-19 or a Person Under Surveillance (PUS).
  • Does not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Fill in the Covid-19 declaration form, follow SOP and wear personal protection equipment (PPE) properly.

For the caretakers, they need to undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR or RTK Antigen test within 72 hours before entering the hospital and they must test negative.

Individuals who wish to accompany a mother giving birth must undergo the Covid-19 RT-PCR or RTK Antigen within 72 hours before entering the hospital, or undergo the RTK Antigen Saliva test upon arrival at the hospital.

Patients who are receiving outpatient or emergency care are only allowed to have a caretaker with them.

If the patient is warded in a non-Covid-19 ward, they’re allowed to have a caretaker and a visitor with them throughout the visiting session.

Only two family members are also allowed to visit patients who are under end-of-life care and do not have Covid-19.

What about Covid-19 patients?

Despite lifting the restrictions for the other patients, Covid-19 patients are still not allowed to have visitors.

However, Covid-19 patients are only allowed one visitor if they are under end-of-life care or warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


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