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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.

To protect patients, residents and staff, please do not enter our facilities for the purpose of visiting if:

  • 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 have visited any public exposure sites as identified here: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

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.

WEARING A MASK

All visitors are instructed:

  • To wear a surgical mask at all times whilst within a Barwon Health facility. You may wear your own or we will supply you with one.
  • To avoid touching the mask whilst it is being worn.
  • To practise hand hygiene.

All visitors are instructed:

  • To wear a surgical mask at all times whilst within a Barwon Health facility. You may wear your own or we will supply you with one.
  • To avoid touching the mask whilst it is being worn.
  • To practise hand hygiene.
  • To practise social distancing.

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.

 GENERAL GUIDANCE – ALL FACILITIES

  • People of all ages are welcome to visit.
  • All visitors will undergo general COVID-19 screening on entry to Barwon Health facilities.
  • All visitors must wear a mask.
  • Visitors of hospital patients can visit between 10am and 8pm.
  • When visiting, please adhere to the room capacity displayed on doors to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will be permitted visitors on a case-by-case basis.

ENTRY POINTS

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

University Hospital Geelong

All visitors to enter through the main entrance on Bellerine Street, or Maternity Hub on Myers Street.

Patients attending appointments at Andrew Love Cancer Centre can use the entrance on Swanston Street.

McKellar Centre Inpatient Rehabilitation 

Visitors to enter through the IRC entrance and Palliative Care. 

 

 

AREA SPECIFIC INFORMATION – These restrictions are in line with social distancing measures and will continue to be reviewed and eased when possible.

1.    Barwon Health North

  • Please enter via the main entrance.
  • One carer/support person if needed at the appointment.

2.   Emergency Department (ED)

  • One support person only per adult patient at any one time.
  • If the patient is in respiratory isolation; no caregivers are permitted (excluding for children under the age of 18 years).
  • For exceptional circumstances, up to two visitors may be permitted; please talk with nursing staff who can assist you.

3.   Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Two people at a time can visit via a booked appointment for one hour per day.
  • Paediatric patients may be visited by two parents or guardians at a time with no time limit.

4.   Maternity Services

  • Only one partner/support person, designated by the woman in birth suite.
  • There can be ONE support person visit the Maternity Ward from 8am to 8pm.
  • ONE additional person may visit the Maternity Ward for one hour only each day.

5.   Outpatients & BMI (medical imaging/X-ray)

  • One carer or one support person only if needed at the appointment.
  • BMI - A support person may accompany you to your appointment and they will be asked to remain in the waiting room. If the support person is required during the appointment they will be invited into the room.

6.   Paediatrics & Special Care Nursery

  • Maximum of two visitors/support people – maximum of two people at any one time, with no time limit.

7.   Swanston Centre

  • Patients may have two nominated visitors for a maximum of one hour.
  • For further information call 4215 2490.

8.   Residential Aged Care

  • Visitors will still need to arrive within set visiting times to complete the health screening (temperature check, health screen and visitor declaration) which is offered 7 days per week.Please check with the individual facility for visiting times. As visitors no longer need to book a time, there may be a need to wait outside to be screened if there are a number of visitors who arrive at the same time.Visitors can now go into all communal areas. Density limits, which is how many people can fit into a space with social distancing, applies to communal spaces that are accessed by residents and visitors. There are no density limits for communal areas used by residents only or resident’s private rooms.It is recommended that visitors have had a flu vaccination.
  • You will be supplied with a single use disposable mask
  • Visitors must sign a declaration prior to each visit.

Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe.

 

Last Modified: Wednesday, 05 May 2021