Western Cape health authorities are making changes at hospitals, as Covid-19 infections continue to rise.

Over the weekend, the department said the facilities are under pressure.

Family members will not be allowed to visit hospitals, to limit any potential risk of possible transmission of the virus.

The department has made amendments to the services provided at hospitals.

These include the postponement of non-urgent elective surgery, and patients who are in hospital, but are stable will be discharged for further management at home.

Meanwhile medication delivery to stable chronic patients will continue.

The department’s Maret Lesch, says people can make appointments.

“Patients in the Cape Metro can also access the Pocket Clinic telehealth service from their cellphone (WhatsApp) by sending “Hi” to  087 240 6122. Use Pocket Clinic to update your contact details, query your chronic medication delivery, and to confirm an existing appointment before going to the clinic. Coronavirus spreads where people gather, including at public health facilities. Only visit the clinic or hospital emergency centre when you really have to”