Effective immediately, the following restrictions apply at WDHS:

Visitor Restrictions:

Effective from Wednesday 19 January 2022 , 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:

Penshurst:

A resident at Penshurst District Health Service (PDHS) who returned a positive PCR test result on 22 January. The patient is continuing to do well and is being monitored by the dedicated team at PDHS. The facility has enacted its COVID-safe plan and will remain closed to visitors and contractors (exceptions apply) until all remaining PCR tests have returned.

Aged Care Hamilton / Coleraine:

  • Restricted visiting hours apply Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends (Public Holidays) 1pm to 4pm;
  • Residents can have no more than 2 visitors per day, including dependents;
  • Only 2 visitors can visit a resident at one time*;
  • Where visitors are not fully vaccinated, all visits must occur either outdoors or in the Visitor Room. Unvaccinated visitors should not remain in common areas;
  • Visitor rooms at all WDHS aged care campuses will reopen.
  • Under current restriction levels, residents can leave their care facility for any reason;
  • There is no limit on the number of visitors per day for end of life residents, but only 2 visitors are allowed at one time;
  • Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms, or primary close contacts of a confirmed case will not be allowed entry to our facilities; and
  • All visitors (aged 12 years and over) must return a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result taken on the same day;
  • All visitors aged 8 years and over must wear a surgical mask during their visit;
  • Residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not be able to have visitors unless approval is granted by the Chief Medical Officer.
  • * If a visitor cannot arrange care for a dependent (such as a child) the group of visitors may exceed 2.
  • *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.

Acute Hamilton Base Hospital (HBH):
No visitors are permitted into HBH with the following exceptions:

  • Restricted visiting hours apply Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and weekends (Public Holidays) 10am to 3pm;
  • Visitors (aged 12 years and over) to HBH must be fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • Visitors (aged 12 years and over) that are not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT taken on the same day;
  • Visitors (aged 18 years and over) that 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;
  • 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
  • No more than 2 visitors at any one time, once per day for the purposes of providing essential care and support necessary for the patient’s immediate emotional support and wellbeing*.
  • Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms, or primary close contacts of a confirmed case will not be allowed entry to our facilities.

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

*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 (aged 12 years and over) to HBH must be fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • 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
  • Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will not be able to have visitors unless approval is granted by the Chief Medical Officer.

Community Client Clinics – Hamilton, Penshurst, Coleraine and Merino

  • Telemedicine appointments are preferred, face-to-face consultations (where clinically appropriate) may continue;
  • One (1) person can attend as a support person*;
  • A support person (aged 12 years and over) to HBH must be fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • A support person (aged 12 years and over) that is not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT 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
  • All scheduled support group activities (such as social support groups, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology) remain cancelled.

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;
  • One (1) person can attend as a support person*;
  • A support person (aged 12 years and over) to HBH must be fully vaccinated (two vaccination doses) and wear a surgical mask;
  • A support person (aged 12 years and over) that is not fully vaccinated must return a negative RAT 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
  • Sleep Clinic remains closed.
  • *If a visitor / support person cannot arrange care for a dependent (such as a child) the group of visitors may exceed 2.

Community Transport & Volunteering Program

  • Community Transport will continue a full service;
  • The Hospital Op Shop will and close; and
  • All on-site volunteering must cease, exemptions are available from the Chief Executive.

Elective Surgery

With local COVID 19 case numbers now starting to stabilise, we have made the decision to re-commence limited category 2 & 3 surgeries as of Wednesday 2 February 2022.
Providing services to our community is our priority and we will continue to adapt as the COVID situation changes. Fortunatey, when compared to other regions across the State, the level of disruption to surgical services at WDHS has been minimal. While we are reviewing the situation on a daily basis, we are hopeful we can resume between 50-75% of elective category 2 and 3 surgeries over coming weeks. Surgeries will be prioritised in consultation with WDHS surgeons.
Category 1 and Emergency surgery will continue as normal.
WDHS will contact patients directly to let them know if they have been booked for surgery.

Emergency surgery cases:

Emergency surgery will continue as normal.

Face-to-face meetings and education

  • Face-to-face meetings to cease, unless clinically or operationally required; and
  • Face-to-face education to cease, exemptions are available from the Chief Executive/

Contractors:

  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry to all WDHS aged care facilities.

Respiratory Clinic:

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

Green Bean Cafe:

  • Seating available for a maximum capacity of 16 (Customers must be fully vaccinated and sign in using the Service Victoria App).

Face mask rules apply at WDHS

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

  • All staff and visitors must wear a face mask while indoors at WDHS;
  • All staff providing direct customer contact in the HBH acute wards, consulting clinic, admissions and screening staff, Primary & Preventative Health, in the community and all aged care campuses, must wear a P2/N95 mask;
  • Staff working alone in an office and with the door closed at any WDHS campus are not required to wear a face mask (does not apply if the office is within a clinical area/patient zone);
  • Staff travelling in a vehicle for work purposes with passengers, must wear a face mask;
  • 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
  • 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 standard face mask indoors and outdoors; and
  • Staff using WDHS courtyards or external grounds are not required to wear a facemask.

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 Staff & Visitor Screening Update

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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