Effective Tuesday 28 June , until Tuesday 12 July 2022 the following updates apply at WDHS:

Visitor Restrictions:

The following COVID-19 updates apply at WDHS campuses  (unless an outbreak has been declared, in which case a facility may be closed to visitors and contractors for a nominated period), providing physical distancing (1.5 metres) and face mask compliance is maintained:

Aged Care – Birches / Grange / Coleraine / Penshurst:

  • Restricted visiting hours apply Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends (Public Holidays) 1pm to 4pm;
  • Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting a COVID-19 PCR result, who are required to isolate or quarantine, or have had contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case person in the last 7 days will not be allowed entry to WDHS facilities;
  • There are no limits on visitor numbers;
  • All visitors must have a negative result from a COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken on the same day they attended the WDHS facilities;
  • Where visitors are not fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses), all visits must occur either outdoors, in the visitor room or residents room. Unvaccinated visitors should not remain in common areas;
  • Visitor rooms at all WDHS aged care campuses will remain open;
  • Under current restriction levels, residents can leave their care facility for any reason;
  • Visitors (aged 18 years and over) must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • Visitors (aged 18 years and over) who are not fully vaccinated must wear a P2 / N95 mask during their visit;
  • Visitors (aged 8-17 years) must wear a surgical mask during their visit; and
  • Residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will be able to have restricted essential visitors who are identified as partners in care to provide essential or end of life care based on a local risk assessment under guidance by the Public Health Unit (PHU) and approved by the Chief Medical Officer.

Note:– It is recommended that all visits take place in the Visitor Rooms or outdoors where appropriate.

*Rapid Antigen (RA) test kits are available at WDHS for visitors to our facilities who are required to return a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result.

#Please note, it is recommended that all visits take place in the Visitor Rooms or outdoors where appropriate.

Hamilton Base Hospital (HBH):
The following visitor restrictions apply to HBH:

  • Restricted visiting hours apply Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and weekends (Public Holidays) 10am to 3pm;
  • Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms, or who are household contacts will not be allowed entry to WDHS facilities;
  • Patients may have no more than six (6) visitors per day;
  • There are no limits on the purpose or the duration of visits;
  • Only two (2) visitors may visit a patient at one time. If a visitor cannot arrange care for a dependent (such as a child) the group of visitors may not exceed three (3);
  • There is no limit on the number of visitors per day for an end of life patient, but only six (6) visitors are allowed at one time;
  • Patients attending the Emergency Department are permitted one support person;
  • Visitors to HBH must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;  Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT result taken on the same day;
  • Visitors (aged 18 years and over) who are not fully vaccinated must wear a P2 / N95 mask during their visit;
  • Visitors (aged 8-17 years) must wear a surgical mask during their visit; and
  • Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not be able to have visitors unless approval is granted by the Chief Medical Officer.

*Rapid Antigen (RA) test kits are available at WDHS for visitors to our facilities who are required to return a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result.

HBH Emergency Department:

  • One (1) person can attend as a support person*;
  • A support person / visitor to HBH must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • A support person / visitor who is not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT result taken on the same day;
  • A support person (aged 18 years and over) that is not fully vaccinated must wear a P2 / N95 mask during their visit;
  • A support person (aged 8-17 years) must wear a surgical mask during their visit; and
  • *If a visitor / support person 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

  • Support group activities (such as social support groups, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology) may resume (maximum of 20 participants).

If you have any queries please contact Primary and Preventative Health Reception on 5551 8351 or Allied Health reception on 5551 8450

HBH Consulting Suites and Sleep Clinic

  • Telemedicine appointments are preferred, face-to-face consultations (where clinically appropriate) may continue;
  • Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms, or who are household contacts will not be allowed entry to WDHS facilities;
  • One (1) person can attend as a support person/ visitor*;
  • A support person / visitor to HBH must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;  A support person / visitor who is not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT result taken on the same day;
  • A support person (aged 18 years and over) that is not fully vaccinated must wear a P2 / N95 mask during their visit; and
  • A support person (aged 8-17 years) must wear a surgical mask during their visit.
  • Sleep Clinic is open

Community Transport & Volunteering Program

  • Community Transport will continue a full service;
  • The Hospital Op Shop is open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm, Saturday 9am – 12noon
  • All on-site Volunteering may continue.

Elective Surgery

  • All categories of elective surgery may continue

Emergency surgery cases:

Emergency surgery will continue as normal

Face-to-face meetings and education

Face-to-face meetings may resume:

Face-to-face education may resume.

Contractors:

  • Non-essential contractors are no longer restricted from entry to all WDHS facilities.

Respiratory Clinic:

  • Remains open at the following times Monday- Friday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Green Bean Cafe:

  • Density limit no longer applies

Staff Tea/Break rooms:

  • Room occupancy limits must apply

Face mask rules apply at WDHS

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

  • All staff, students, volunteers and contractors who have direct customer contact in the HBH acute wards, consulting clinics (all campuses), vaccination clinic, drive thru testing clinic, admissions and screening areas, Primary & Preventative Health buildings, in the community and all aged care campuses, must wear a P2/N95 mask;
  • All staff, students, volunteers and contractors in public shared areas must wear an P2/N95 or surgical mask (for example; entrances, corridors, waiting areas, elevators and stairways at all WDHS campuses);
  • Face masks are not required in non-clinical areas such as private offices or other non-public areas (for example; seminar rooms, auditorium and communal offices);
  • Staff working in an office in a clinical area/patient zone, must wear a face mask;
  • Staff travelling in a vehicle for work purposes with customers, must wear a P2/N95 mask (Recommended windows open and/or air conditioner on fresh air);  Staff travelling in a vehicle for work purposes with their colleagues, must wear a surgical mask (Recommended windows open and/or air conditioner on fresh air);
  • Staff working outside with no customer contact are not required to wear a face mask;
  • When outdoors at the HBH campus, healthcare workers providing direct patient care must wear a P2/N95 mask;
  • When outdoors at WDHS aged care facilities, healthcare workers providing direct customer care must wear a P2/N95 mask;
  • Adult visitors at all WDHS campuses who are not fully vaccinated must wear a P2/N95 mask indoors and outdoors;
  • Adult visitors and children over the age of 8 at all WDHS campuses must wear a surgical mask indoors and outdoors;
  • Staff and voluteers at the WDHS Op Shop are no longer required to wear a face mask; and
  • Staff using WDHS courtyards or external grounds are not required to wear a face mask.

Note:
Facemasks must be worn if staff can’t remain socially distanced;

  • Staff who are a social or workplace contact will be required to wear a P2/N95 mask while at work for 5 days following notification;
  • Staff are encouraged to have their breaks outdoors and when this is not possible must be physically distanced by 1.5 metres in tearooms; and
  • TIER 3 PPE protocols apply to the Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Respiratory, Testing (some exceptions apply) and Vaccination clinics and for staff working with confirmed or suspected COVID positive cases

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
  • 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.

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 Visitor Screening

Please scan the QR Code and complete the attestation before visiting the campus. DHHS Health Facilities Screening questions.

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

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