COVID-19 Update

Updated Saturday 2 January, 2021

UPDATE TO VISITING RESTRICTIONS

Masks must still be worn while on-site at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

This applies to visitors and employees. Thank you for your understanding.

Updated Saturday 2 January, 2021

Visitor restrictions are in place

Limiting visitor numbers is a necessary step in protecting patients, healthcare workers and the community.

Please follow the advice of our local care teams regarding room limits in the area you are visiting.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

As a condition of entry, visitors must:

  • Not visit if you are unwell, or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Be screened for signs of COVID-19 on entry
  • Register on entry
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others
  • Follow staff instructions at all times
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

GENERAL WARDS (31 North, 31 South, 51 South)

  • Two visitors are allowed for a maximum of one hour
  • Visiting hours are between 11am and 8pm
  • Visiting children will be counted as part of the visitor allocation

 

MATERNITY WARD (51 North)

We recognise the specific needs of our maternity patients and the importance of the role partners/support people play. Please be aware that partners/support people will need to follow strict guidelines once they are on the ward. Thank you for understanding that these measures are necessary to keep our new mothers and their babies safe.

BIRTH & PREGNANCY ASSESSMENT UNIT (PAU)

  • One partner or support person is permitted
  • During labour and birth, the partner or support person can be present at any time

POSTNATAL PATIENTS (AFTER BIRTH):

  • Partner or support person is welcome to remain throughout the postnatal stay
  • Two visitors, for a maximum of one hour, subject to social distancing. This includes partner or support person and one other visitor.
  • Visiting hours are between 11am and 8pm
  • Visiting children will be counted as part of the visitor allocation
  • Visiting children must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times

SPECIAL CARE NURSERY:

  • All parents with babies in the Special Care Nursery will be provided with a carers certificate that allows them to visit at all times

 

INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

  • Two visitors may visit a patient in Intensive Care for a maximum of one hour
  • Visiting hours are between 11am and 8pm

 

TERMINAL CARE OR LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS

  • Two visitors can provide compassionate support for a patient at the late stages of a terminal illness or where there is a high risk of death in relation to impending treatment or surgery.
  • Visits are not time-limited

 

UNSTABLE OR DETERIORATING SITUATIONS

  • Two visitors can provide support to a patient whose condition has been assessed as unstable or deteriorating. Visits are not time-limited.
  • Visiting hours are between 8am-8pm daily or as needed for acute deterioration

 

PALLIATIVE CARE

  • Two visitors can provide support for Palliative care patients whose condition is stable.
  • Visiting hours are between 11am – 8pm daily

 

Exceptional circumstances may occur that require an exemption. If this is the case please reach out to the Nurse in Charge who will use the latest information, clinical judgement and the needs of the patient to review the situation.

These restrictions may change if the situation changes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Coordinator on 9594 5167 if you still have concerns. Rest assured that we will continue to communicate any further updates with you.

 

SCREENING OF ELECTIVE SURGERY PATIENTS

Updated Wednesday 16 December, 2020

In line with the Department of Health Human Services (DHHS) advice, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital will cease routine preoperative swab testing for surgical patients from 30 November 2020.

We will continue verbal screening all surgical patients for COVID-19, this will involve going through a series of screening questions over the phone. Swab testing will only be required if a patient screens positive as a result of the screening questions and we will work through this process with you.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make changes to our activity and processes in line with DHHS guidelines.

 

 

RESOURCES:

 

 

INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

Visit our COVID-19 and Pregnancy page for a list of comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

 

WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CORONAVIRUS

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
  • Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.

 

Contact Us

You can contact Jessie McPherson Private Hospital on 03 3534 2776 or send us a message below.

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