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Barwon Health / Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We would like to remind the community and local businesses restrictions remain in place regarding flower and food deliveries to University Hospital Geelong and McKellar Centre Inpatient Rehabilitation Centre.

For all permitted visitors, the following restrictions apply:

  • COVID-19 questionnaire is required on entry to Barwon Health facilities.
  • Visitors are required to check-in using the Department of Health check-in service.
  • Standard face masks continue to be required for children aged eight and above.
  • All visitors must wear the mask provided at all times.
  • Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will be permitted visitors on a case-by-case basis.
We request all visitors practise both social distancing and good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing and the use of hand hygiene solution, as you move through our facilities.
Visits FOR PERMITTED VISITORS are limited to ONE HOUR over a 24-hour period (unless otherwise approved).

Permitted visitors

Antenatal ultrasound

  • One partner/support person may attend

Birthing Suite

  • One designated support person for birth.

Special Care Nursery

  • One parent, carer or guardian per baby.

Maternity ward

  • One visitor, partner and/or support person, for two hours.

Children’s ward

  • One parent, carer or guardian, of a person under the age of 18.

Specialist consulting, imaging and community-based services

  • One essential carer for an adult may attend for face-to-face appointments.
  • One parent/carer may accompany a child for face-to-face appointments.

Other permitted visitors

  • Visitor access can be arranged for end of life, where there is a high risk in relation to impending treatment or surgery, or where a patient’s condition has been assessed as unstable or deteriorating.
  • Patients who have been advised of a major, life-changing diagnosis, such as stroke or new diagnosis of cancer may also be visited.
  • One caregiver or support person is allowed in the following situations where care cannot be provided via electronic or other non-contact means:
  • If you are providing support that is necessary for the patient’s emotional or physical wellbeing.
  • If you are a nominated person under the Mental Health Act.
  • If you are providing interpreter or informal language support to enable the delivery of care by the care team.
  • If you are learning to support the patient’s care upon discharge.
  • If you are the carer of a patient with a disability.
  • If you are a nominated person providing support for a patient living with Dementia.

Residential Aged Care*

  • Each resident is allowed up to five visitors per day.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend all visitors be vaccinated.
  • Aged care residents are able to have up to five daily visitors per resident per day, but each visitor will be required to have a Rapid Antigen test (RAT). All visitors will be required to wear an N95 mask at all times. 
  • Visitors and prospective residents are required to check-in using the health services check-in app and also prove their vaccination status. Visits by prospective residents are allowed.

Exclusions/ special approval

If you meet any of the following conditions you will also need to arrange specific approval for access unless you are seeking treatment:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for discharge from isolation or are awaiting test results.
  • You have a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection i.e. breathing difficulties, breathlessness, cough, sore throat, runny nose or fatigue.
  • You believe you may have attended a COVID-19 exposure site in Victoria, interstate or New Zealand within the last 14 days. If so you are required to check and follow the advice provided by the Chief Health Office regarding quarantine requirements:

Tips on wearing a mask

All visitors are instructed:

  • To wear the appropriate surgical/N95 mask at all times whilst within a Barwon Health facility.
  • To avoid touching the mask whilst it is being worn.

Entry points

Barwon Health has limited the number of public entrances to assist with the screening of visitors. The entry points are:

University Hospital Geelong

All visitors to enter through the following entrances:

  • Main entrance on Bellerine Street
  • Kardinia House
  • Andrew Love Cancer Centre on Swanston Street
  • Maternity Hub on Myers Street (maternity patients only)

McKellar Centre Inpatient Rehabilitation

All visitors to enter through the Inpatient Rehabilitation Centre (IRC) entrance and Palliative Care

Thank you for helping keep our patients, residents and staff safe.

[Note: Source reference: Directions from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from declared state of emergency. Care Facilities Directions (No 48)]

Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe.

Last Modified: Friday, 14 January 2022