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Helen Butler - Friday, March 13, 2020

 

Kerang District Health would like to remind members of the public not to visit relatives or friends at KDH if you are experiencing respiratory illness (or gastro for that matter). Our patients/residents and clients are our top priority – make them your top priority too! Please adhere to signage at the main entrances of the hospital and at the entrance to Glenarm aged care.

 

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for the public

* What is Coronavirus, please visit:  https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

* For up to date information about the current situation, please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert 

* For those travelling overseas or planning to travel overseas, please regularly review: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ 

* Who needs to isolate: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/self-quarantine-coronavirus-covid-19

* Do you want to know more about quarantine and isolation? Are you isolating at home or caring for someone required to isolate?  Click the link for more information. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/self-quarantine-coronavirus-covid-19#how-to-care-for-those-in-isolation-or-quarantine

* Translated COVID-19 resources: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

 

* National Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 Updated Changes for Visitors to Kerang District Health

Strict restrictions apply for people visiting hospitals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and visiting hours have been further restricted due to the current pandemic situation in Victoria.

Visitors must wear a mask at all times.

 

You must not enter any hospital if you:

  • are awaiting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result (unless granted exemption under exceptional circumstances)
  • are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or fever
  • have a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees
  • arrived in Australia from overseas within the last 14 days
  • have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) and have not yet been given clearance from self-isolation
  • have had known contact in the past 14 days with a person who was a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

     

    RULES ON CARE AND SUPPORT VISITS FOR ACUTE WARD:

    VISITING HOURS FOR ACUTE WARD ARE:  10am to 12midday and 6pm to 8pm

    ONE VISITOR, FOR TWO HOURS, ONCE PER DAY

 Exceptions to the ONE VISITOR, FOR TWO HOURS, ONCE PER DAY visiting rule:

 Under the new direction most visits will be for two hours UNLESS there is an essential need for a longer visit such as:

  •  where a parent or guardian is visiting a patient under 18 years of age
  •  where a longer visit is required to deliver essential physical, emotional or social care and support services.

For example:

  •  to provide assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing or showering;
  •  to provide support for behaviours of concern, such as a person living with dementia;
  •  a family member is there to provide language support as part of the delivery of care;
  •  A patient who is dying and/or receiving end of life care can have two visitors at any one time. There are no limits on the number or duration of visits.  
  • A pregnant patient can only have their partner or support person with them (one visitor but no time limit).
  •  A patient can be accompanied to the Urgent Care Centre by one visitor. That visitor can only visit once per day for a maximum of two hours.
  •  A patient can be accompanied to an outpatient appointment or theatre appointment by one visitor. (Please see below)
  •  If you are visiting to learn how to support a patient’s care when they are discharged from hospital then you are allowed to visit. The patient can only have one visitor. That visitor can only visit once per day for a maximum of two hours.

 

Updated directions are available on the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/visiting-hospitals-covid-19#current-restrictions  

 

 

GLENARM AGED CARE VISITING HOURS:

 

As of Wednesday the 30th of September visiting hours are between the hours of 1pm and 4.30pm daily.   

 

                          ONE VISITOR, ONCE A DAY FOR A MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS

 

Visitors must not enter any of the nominated care facilities if they:

  • are unwell with flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or fever of 37.5 degrees or higher
  •  have had known contact in the last 14 days with a person who was a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  •  are under 16 (unless they are visiting a resident who is receiving end-of-life care)
  •  any visitor who is unwell or is waiting for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result will not be allowed to visit
  •  If you have not had your 2020 influenza vaccination

Visitors must wear a mask at all times.

Strict hand hygiene is to be practiced and social distancing guidelines are to be adhered to at all times.

 

You may only visit the following reasons:

  • as a parent, guardian, carer, partner or support person (for example a friend or sibling), of a resident of a facility aged 18 or over, to provide emotional and social support if that cannot be delivered via electronic or non-contact means
  •  as a nominated person under the Mental Health Act 2014
  •  for providing essential physical or emotional and social care that can’t be delivered by the care team or via electronic or non-contact means
  •  for providing interpreter or informal language support to enable the care team to provide care for learning to support a resident’s care upon discharge
  •  for attending a dying resident or providing end of life support to a resident of the facility 
  •  in the person's capacity as a prospective resident of the facility
  •  to accompany a prospective resident

Any visitor who is unwell or is waiting for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result will not be allowed to visit.

 

Visits will be conducted in a resident’s room, rather than communal areas where the risk of transmission to residents is greater. Strict hand hygiene and social distancing measures apply and masks are to be worn during the entire visit ensuring the nose and mouth are covered.

 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/visiting-care-facilities-covid-19

 

WHAT TO EXPECT UPON ENTERING KERANG DISTRICT HEALTH

 
  • On arrival, visitors are expected to perform hand hygiene and present to the reception area.
  • A staff member will take you through the COVID-19 screening tool and check your temperature. If you do not have a mask, you will be given a surgical mask to wear.
  • Glenarm COVID screening will be completed in the KDH foyer Monday to Friday and in Glenarm on weekends.
  • Visitors to Glenarm require evidence of influenza vaccination (2020).
  • Your name, contact number and time in/time out will be recorded and maintained for 28 days in case contact tracing is required
  • You will be asked where/who you are visiting and be given a sticker. This alerts staff that you have already been through the screening process.
  • The sticker must be clearly visible at all times
  • Visitors are to stay in the patient / resident room at all times.
  • Quick trips to the toilet or to purchase food are allowed.
  • Hand Hygiene must be performed before entering the patient’s room, exiting the patient room and upon exiting the facility.
  • Visitors must limit the amount of personal items brought into the hospital.
  • When leaving, visitors need to leave directly and cannot go and visit other people in the facility.

 

OUTPATIENT APPOINTMENTS INCLUDING ONCOLOGY AND PRE-ADMISSION CLINICS:

  • Outpatients can bring one support person if required.
  • Outpatients must only attend the hospital within five minutes of their appointment time to minimise the time spent within the facility. Waiting room chairs are   spaced to allow for social distancing.
  • Strict hand hygiene must be performed.
  • Outpatients must leave the hospital immediately after their appointment.
  • If a patient is unwell, you need to cancel your appointment and not attend the hospital.
 THEATRE PATIENTS:
  • Patients can bring one support person if required.
  • Patients must only attend the hospital within five minutes of their appointment time to minimise the time spent within the facility.
  • Strict hand hygiene must be performed and COVID Screening will be completed.
  • If a patient is unwell, you are advised to cancel your appointment and not attend the hospital.
  • Support persons will be asked to leave the facility during the time of operation and can return to collect the patient once contacted.

 

SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENTS:

  • Visitors are not allowed to visit if a patient is under infection control precautions for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 unless the patient is under Palliative Care or End of Life Care – this will be on a case-by-case basis
  • The Nurse in Charge will ensure a plan is in place for patient, staff and visitor safety including adequate personal protective equipment, which is to be worn by visitors. Visitors will be restricted to two to ensure social distancing.
  • Children will be limited to online visits on FaceTime or other social connection.
  • Visitors can elect to do a ‘window visit’ outside of the patient room

 

 

                             VISITOR RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF Wednesday 30th September 2020   

 

 

 

 

   

  

Visit the Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer page to view the current Stay Safe directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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