Visitor restrictions at WGHG

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Friday 31 July 2020
All visitors ARE required to wear a mask at all sites across the health service. This includes visitors to West Gippsland Hospital, Cooinda Lodge and Andrews House as well as Consulting Suites, Community Health, District Nursing and Warragul Linen Service.
Masks are provided. Visitor restrictions have been tightened at Andrews House at Trafalgar to align with an organisation-wide approach.

All visitors will be signed in, screened and temperature checked on arrival. Any person (other than a patient) with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be allowed entry to the building.


VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

Cooinda Lodge and Andrews House residential aged care
• One pre-approved visitor for each resident per day for up to one hour
• No visitors under the aged of 16
• All visitors must wear a mask (provided)
• All visitors screened and temperature checked on arrival

Hospital Visitors (all visitors to the Landsborough Street site including Consulting Suites and Allied & Community Health
• Hospital patients in general wards are allowed ONE visit each per day limited to one immediate family memebr or carer for no more than one hour.
• Visitor hours are strictly between 10.30am -12.30pm OR 4pm-6pm - Remember only ONE visit per day
• All visitors will be signed in and screened before visiting a patient including temperature checked on arrival
• All visitors must wear a mask at all times when in the hospital, including while in patients rooms and birth suites
• Visitor access to the hospital is restricted to the main front entry doors of the hospital. All other entrances are closed to visitors.

Maternity/Birthing visits at WGHG - Directive of the Victorian Government 
• ONE nominated support person for the duration of the labour.
• Following the birth, visits by the same nominated support person are limited to ONE visit per day for a maximum of 2 hours. Visiting hours are 10-30am-12.30pm OR between 4pm and 6pm. Remember the nominated support person may only VISIT ONCE per day for no more than 2 hours in the one visit.
• All visitors must wear a mask (provided)
Contact the Maternity Unit for details on 5623 0611

Exemptions:
There are exemptions on time limits for patients aged under 18 years, patients with a disability or end of life care. Contact the Nurse in Charge before attending by calling Hospital Reception on 03 5623 0611.

Consulting Suites:
IMPORTANT: When you arrive, stay in your car and phone 5623 0810 to let Consulting Suites staff know you have arrived.
You will be called to come inside the building when your appointment is ready. This is to limit how many people are inside at the one time. 
All patients and carers/support person must wear a mask. 
One care/support person only 
 
Allied & Community Health - CRC, Gladstone Street, Warragul and Rawson
• All clients/ visitors must wear a mask (provided)
• All visitors screened and temperature checked on arrival
• Visitors to the Gladstone Street site are limited to one support person per client

Hospital entry:

Visitor access to the hospital and to Cooinda Lodge is restricted to the main front entry doors of the hospital. All other entrances will be closed to visitors.

You must NOT visit a hospital or aged care facility if you:
• are unwell
• have travelled overseas in the issues 14 days and/or subject to quarantine arrangements
• have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (you must quarantine for 14 days)

Please understand if you fit any of the above criteria you will be turned away.

Physical distancing and hand hygiene
Please note, physical distancing rules apply to all visitors, staff and patients
Please ensure your hands are clean and you have visited one of our hand hygiene stations before you enter a patient or resident room and after you have left

Health service staff
All WGHG staff should wear a mask unless working on their own.
All staff who live in locked down areas must follow lock down rules while working in Baw Baw Shire.

Hospital cafeteria closed
The caféteria is closed at West Gippsland Hospital following statewide restrictions.
The space has been re-purposed as a staff facility with swipe card access only.
If you are an approved visitor to our hospital or aged care facilities please eat and drink before you attend a visit.

Concerned you have symptoms?
For the latest accurate information on COVID-19 phone the hot line: 1800 675 398 or go to the Victorian Department of Health website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Free COVID-19 Testing
For a list of Respiratory Clinics in Gippsland and free COVID-19 testing visit:
https://www.gphn.org.au/

Please do not attend a health service or GP without phoning ahead first.
If it is an emergency call triple 000


More information on visitor restrictions phone West Gippsland Hospital : 03 5623 0611

For the latest accurate information on COVID-19 phone the hot line: 1800 675 398 or go to the Victorian Department of Health website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Members of the public wishing to be screened should continue to so in accordance with public health directions.
Contact the Respiratory Clinics in Gipplsand if you are experiencing symptoms.  https://www.gphn.org.au/

Please do not attend a health service or GP without phoning ahead first.
If it is an emergency call triple 000