Arriving for hospitalisation and consultation

Tartu University Hospital has increased measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within hospital premises and introduced SARS-CoV-2 testing:

  • for all patients admitted to in-patient medical treatment and
  • all outpatient day surgery patients.

The testing obligation does not apply to asymptomatic children up to 10 years of age.

In-patient medical treatment (both emergency and scheduled) patients

  • All patients and patient escorts who remain in the hospital must be tested. Testing takes place in the hospital immediately after hospitalization. Properly wearing a mask until the results of the test are known is mandatory.
  • The testing obligation does not extend to asymptomatic children up to 10 years of age.
  • It is necessary to maintain a safe distance within the hospital’s premises, to disinfect one’s hands when entering and leaving the premises, and to wear a mask within the public areas of the hospital. Masks are available at the hospital entrance and within departments.

Patients arriving for an outpatient consultation, including dentistry, day care (excluding day surgery), and study participants

  • The need for testing will be decided upon by the referring medical specialist or family physician on the basis of the information found within the health declaration.
  • A health declaration is completed at the reception desk.
  • It is necessary to maintain a safe distance within hospital premises, to disinfect one’s hands when entering and leaving the premises, and to properly wear a mask in the public areas of the hospital. Masks are available at the hospital entrance.

Day surgery patients

  • All patients must be tested up to 72 hours before surgery, except for asymptomatic children up to 10 years of age. Testing of the patient’s escort shall be decided upon by the attending physician on the basis of the information found within the health declaration.
  • The hospital directs the patient to testing. The sample is collected within the hospital or partner hospital according to the county distribution (South-Estonian Hospital, Põlva Hospital, Valga Hospital, Viljandi Hospital, Jõgeva Hospital, Järva County Hospital, Narva Hospital, sampling rooms of Ida-Viru Central Hospital).
  • The patient is informed by SMS or telephone regarding the need for and order of testing. Please check the correctness of your contact information in the hospital’s patient portal ePatsient.
  • It is necessary to maintain a safe distance within hospital premises, to disinfect one’s hands when entering and leaving the premises, and to properly wear a mask in the public areas of the hospital (see the Mask Wearing Tutorial). Masks are available at the hospital entrance.