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Barwon Health / Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DHHS hotline 1800 675 398

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 believe you may have attend 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 advice provided by the Chief Health Office regarding quarantine requirements: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update
  • You will be required to use the QR code, displayed at entrances, for health screening & check-in purposes. If you do not have a smartphone, please ask staff to assist you.

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.
  • 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 

  • No visitors are allowed into health care settings unless for permitted purposes, end-of-life reasons or within specified areas.

  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry.

  • If visitors are permitted then COVID-19 screening will be required on entry to Barwon Health facilities.

  • All visitors must wear a mask over their nose and mouth.

  • Visitors of hospital patients can visit between 10am and 8pm

  • Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will be permitted visitors on a case-by-case basis.

 

Please note the permitted reasons for visiting the health service:

  • If you are the parent, guardian or carer of a child who is a patient in hospital
  • 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 a nominated person providing support for a patient living with dementia
  • 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
  • The carer of a patient with a disability
  • If you are immediate family (including kinship) of a patient with a life-threatening condition
  • A patient attending an emergency department or outpatient clinic can have someone accompany them if it is necessary for them to do so
  • A pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward can have their partner or support person visit or attend hospital with them


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:

Birth Suite

  • TWO designated support persons for birth.

Special Care Nursery

  • TWO parents, carers or guardians per baby in the Special Care Nursery.

Maternity ward

  • TWO visitors, partner and/or support person, for two hours

Residential Aged Care

  • No visitors are permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, unless for permitted purposes* or for end-of-life reasons*.
    *Contact Nurse in charge of facility for clarification

Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe.

 

Last Modified: Thursday, 05 August 2021