Coronavirus: Information to patients, next of kin and visitors

If you are sick and need medical assistance, please contact your GP (fastlege), or the emergency room (legevakt), phone number 116 117. The medical emergency line (113) is reserved for life threatening situations.

Patients scheduled for treatment or surgery

  • A large number of planned operations and consultations are cancelled due to the Corona outbreak. If your surgery or appointment is cancelled, someone from the hospital will contact you.

  • If you do not hear anything from us, please show up as planned.

  • If you are quarantined, in isolation, or sick, get in touch with the hospital to cancel your appointment.

  • If you have doubts on whether you should come to the hospital – please contact us before arrival.

These rules apply to both patients and companions. You will find the phone number to the department where you have an appointment in the summons letter. You can also look up the department on our website:

Visiting restrictions

To avoid spreading the Corona virus at the hospital, the University Hospital of North Norway has decided to ban visitors. Only patients in need of companions, as well as children and the critically ill, are allowed to bring next of kin to the hospital. You will find separate information for women who are in labour further down on this page.

If you want to visit a critically ill patient, please call the relevant ward for further information. The hospital can sometimes arrange video meetings, if the patient's condition permits it and many relatives wish to visit.

Companions or next of kin are not allowed into the hospital if they:

  • Have symptoms of respiratory illness

  • Are quarantined

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your understanding and consideration for our patients. These limitations also apply to suppliers and cooperating partners, and others who come to the hospital for job purposes.

Information for the pregnant/women in labour

When contacting one of our maternity wards, you will be asked if you have been exposed to the Corona virus or if you are sick. If you are sick, or there is a possibility that you may be sick, a midwife will instruct you on how to get to the hospital, what to do when you get here, and what to do during your stay at the maternity ward.

Patients with Corona - or suspected Corona -  will be separated from other patients and pregnant women.

The maternity wards are closed to all visitors except the partner, who may attend the birth.

  • Partners with respiratory symptoms cannot attend birth

  • Partners cannot attend cesarean sections in the operating room

  • Partners cannot be present in the maternity ward after birth

  • Partners cannot participate in policlinical consultations. This also applies to ultrasound and policlinical visits in the evenings, at nights, or during weekends

  • Partners cannot attend if the mother-to-be is admitted for observation, or if labour has been initiated

  • Partners must restrict their movement within the hospital to a minimum

  • We recommend that mother and child are admitted to the hospital until they are properly examined and treated

  • The psychosocial team are currently unavailable

  • Breastfeeding will take place as usual, provided that the mother is not ill. You will receive breastfeeding assistance before leaving, if necessary at home. 

We ask for your understanding for carrying out these measures, and we will do our best to ensure that the birth and your stay at the maternity ward is a safe and a good experience, as far as this very special situation allows for.

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