Effective immediately from 11.59pm Thursday 15 July 2021 until 11.59pm Tuesday 20 July, the following visitor restrictions apply:

Effective immediately, the following visitor access restrictions apply at WDHS campuses, as long as physical distancing (1.5 metres) is maintained:

Visitor Restrictions: Remain Unchanged

These measures have been put in place by the Department of Health, as a necessary precaution to support the provision of safe care to our customers and community and to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Aged Care Hamilton / Coleraine / Penshurst:

No visitors are permitted into aged care settings with the following exceptions:

  • No more than 2 visitors may visit a resident at one time for the purposes of providing end of life support, there is no limit on the number of visitors per day*, and
  • No more than 2 visitors at any one time, once per day, can visit a resident to provide essential care and support necessary for the resident’s physical wellbeing*.

*If a visitor cannot arrange care for a dependent (such as a child) the group of visitors may exceed 2.

Acute Hamilton Base Hospital (HBH):

No visitors are permitted into HBH with the following exceptions:

  • 1 parent or guardian at any one time for children under 18 years*,
  • 2 visitors at any one time where the visitor’s presence at the hospital is for the purposes of providing end of life support, there is no limit on the number of visitors per day*.
  • 2 visitors at any one time in the case of a patient whose medical condition is life threatening*;
  • 1 partner or support person in the case of a patient whose status relates to pregnancy or childbirth*; and
  • 1 visitor at any one time for the purpose of providing essential care and support necessary for the patient’s immediate emotional support and wellbeing*.

*If a visitor cannot arrange care for a dependent (such as a child) the group of visitors may exceed 2.

Community Client Clinics – Hamilton, Penshurst, Coleraine and Merino

  • Clinics for community clients will transition to telehealth consults during this period (unless clinically indicated); and
  • Where a face-to-face consultation is clinically indicated and the customer is a child under 18 years or NDIS participant, one primary care giver can attend as a support person.

HBH Consulting Suites and Sleep Clinic & Pre-Admissions

  • HBH consulting clinics will transition to telehealth consults during this period (unless clinically indicated);
  • Where a face-to-face consultation is clinically indicated and the customer is a child under 18 years or NDIS participant, one primary care giver can attend as a support person; and
  • Sleep Clinic will be cancelled.
  • Pre-Admissions is taking bookings. Unless there is an emotional or physical wellbeing need no support person can attend.

Volunteering, Support Groups etc.

  • All scheduled support group activities (such as social support groups, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology) will be cancelled;
  • On-site volunteering activities will continue to operate a limited service;
  • The Hospital Op Shop will close; and
  • Community Transport will continue to operate a limited service.

Face-to-face Meetings and Education

  • Face-to-face meetings (unless clinically required) and education (exemptions are available from the Chief Executive) are to cease, until further notice.

Non essential contractors are restricted from entry to all WDHS facilities.

Elective Surgery

Awaiting DOH advice. Please check the website for updates.

Emergency Surgery Cases

Emergency surgery will continue as normal

We appreciate these are difficult times and thank you for your support.

Hospital Scrub Program

  • Wearing of hospital-supplied scrubs is optional.

Effective immediately, the following face mask rules apply at WDHS.

Face Mask Protocol (as long as physical distancing of 1.5 metres is maintained):

  • All staff and customers are required to wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) while working at WDHS facilities;
  • Staff and customers can wear their own mask to and from WDHS campuses, however when you arrive at a WDHS campus, you must wear a hospital-provided surgical mask. This is to ensure your mask meets requirements to keep you safe while at WDHS and prevents COVID-19 transmission; and
  • Please remember that all Victorians must always carry a face covering when leaving home, even if you don’t need to wear it while undertaking some activities, such as driving alone in your personal vehicle.

Please note these exceptions may be subject to change and are current at the date of this memorandum.

Wearing a mask

  • Disposable surgical masks can be worn for up to 4 hours, however, masks must be replaced if it becomes damaged, damp or contaminated;
  • Masks must be disposed of into an infectious waste bin; and
  • Catering must be individually packaged;
  • If you are wearing cloth masks into work, these should not be placed in pockets etc. when removed. Please carry a plastic bag to place your cloth mask into.

If you require surgical masks for your area, please contact your Department Head or the Hospital Stores on Ext 18286.

High School, Primary School and Kindergarten visits or Work Experience Programs

  • Are not permitted until further notice

Please note these protocols are subject to change

COVID-19 Staff & Visitor Screening Update – 21 May 2021

Screening questions

  1. Have you been to metropolitan Melbourne since 6th May?
    If “YES” to above question please refer to the following advice:
    Then proceed to other screening questions.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Please check the link for exposure sites that includes specific locations, dates and times.

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites#public-exposure-sites-in-victoria

Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Please note that exposure sites and advice is updated regularly as the situation unfolds.
For further advice please contact Infection Prevention and Control on 5551 8246 or your Divisional Head.

  1. Have you tested positive for COVID-19, or are you awaiting test results ?
  2. Have you come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

    If “YES” to Questions 1-2 please refer to the following advice:

    Staff or Visitor Advice
    Not permitted entry. They must immediately self-isolate and get tested.
    Patient Advice
    Please contact Infection Prevention and Control or divisional head for further advice.

For further advice please contact Infection Prevention and Control on 5551 8246

Visitors are currently restricted at all WDHS facilities including:

  • Hamilton Base Hospital
  • Hamilton House – Allied Health
  • Frances Hewett Community Centre
  • The Birches Residential Aged Care
  • The Grange Residential Aged Care
  • Penshurst District Health Service
  • Coleraine District Health Service
  • Merino Community Health Centre
  • National Centre for Farmer Health

Please note face masks must be worn if staff can’t social distance.
Thank you once again for your assistance with implementing these changes and please do not hesitate to contact your department, or divisional head if you have any queries.

Eye Protection

  • Healthcare workers are no longer required to wear eye protection (a face shield, or goggles) unless caring for a resident or patient who is classified as a close contact and is in quarantine, or a resident or patient who is in isolation with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

For further queries contact Western District Health Service on 03 5551 8222

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