Our patients are vulnerable and we want to reduce the risk of them contracting COVID-19 from visitors. Please follow the restrictions to keep everyone safe.
All visitors MUST wear a mask at all times and it is not to be removed at the bedside. Visitors who do not abide by our visitor restrictions will be asked to leave.
Please do not visit if you have symptoms and we strongly recommend you do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before visiting a loved one.
We request all visitors:
- Return a negative Rapid Antigen Test result before visiting.
- Do not visit if COVID-19 positive, have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.
- Wear a supplied face mask at all times (no exemptions) and do not eat or drink at a patient’s bedside.
- Maintain 1.5m social distancing.
- Perform hand hygiene.
Visiting University Hospital Geelong Wards & McKellar Inpatient Rehabilitation Centre
- Visiting hours are between 10am and 8pm.
TWO visitors at a time per person.
Note: Children under 16 cannot visit in the Special care nursery. Children under the age of 16 may only visit these areas for compassionate reasons, but must have Bed Manager or After Hours Manager approval in consultation with the relevant Nurse Unit Manager.
Visitors cannot attend if they display either COVID-19 symptoms or are a CLOSE CONTACT of a COVID-19 positive case.
A COVID-19 close contact may only visit for compassionate grounds. Visitors who are COVID-19 positive may visit in extenuating circumstances (e.g. end-of-life of a loved one, birth partner); however, the visit must be discussed with the Access and Resource team by calling 03 4215 0640.
COVID-positive visitors and visitors to COVID-positive patients are only permitted under very rare circumstances and this should be discussed with the relevant Nurse Unit Manager and be approved by the Access and Resource Manager in consultation with the hospital executive.
Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life-care, in consultation with the relevant Nurse Unit Manager or After Hours Hospital Manager.
Other Area Specific Visitor Guidance
Children's Ward and Special Care Nursery
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted as visitors unless for extenuating compassionate reasons. To visit, they must have Bed Manager or After Hours Manager approval in consultation with the relevant Nurse Unit Manager.
One primary support person for birth, plus one other support person.
All support persons in Birth Suite must wear the provided mask.
A support person may accompany the birthing mother to theatre, but must wear the supplied mask and comply with all Barwon Health requirements.
• ED consumers are permitted to be accompanied by ONE support person at a time where required. The support person must wear an N95 mask at all times.
• All children who are patients may be accompanied by TWO parents/carers.
o Children under the age of 16 are not permitted as visitors unless for extenuating compassionate reasons. To visit, they must have Bed Manager or After Hours Manager approval in consultation with the relevant Nurse Unit Manager.
• We encourage consumers to limit the need for this support person for minor illness/injury–related presentations, to enable safe physical distancing in our waiting areas and treatment spaces in the ED.
• Adults in SCOVID/COVID precautions are not permitted to have a support person unless authorised by the Nurse in Charge (e.g. End-of-life, significant behaviours of concern).
There are no limits on time, number, or age of visitors to aged care. If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 within the facility, this may be subject to change to protect the vulnerable residents.
Each visitor must return a negative RAT and sign-in prior to access.
Designated ‘Partners in Care’ are able to visit residents during outbreaks.
A COVID-19 close contact may only visit for compassionate grounds. Visitors who are COVID-19 positive may visit in extenuating circumstances (e.g. end-of-life of a loved one); however, the visit must be discussed with the Facility Manager or Co-Director of Aged Care.
COVID-19 positive visitors or ‘partners in care’ entering during an outbreak will be met at the main entrance and placed in appropriate PPE. They will then be escorted through the building to visit their relative. They must follow all directions from Barwon Health staff.
Outpatients & Medical Imaging Appointments
One support person can accompany an individual for any clinic, imaging scan or outpatients appointment. The support person must wear a mask at all times.
Patient deliveries to University Hospital Geelong
- No food deliveries are permitted (aged care residents are exempt).
- Flowers and gifts can be delivered to patients where the person delivering is fully vaccinated. If the delivery person is not vaccinated flowers and gifts can be left at the main entrance reception.
- Patients in Baxter 7 or COVID-positive patients in other areas cannot receive flowers or gifts (aged care residents are exempt).
Thank you for helping to keep our patients and staff safe.
People seeking healthcare are not considered visitors and should not be denied access to healthcare for any reason.
Last Modified: Friday, 03 February 2023
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