COVID-19 Update

Updated Tuesday 14 September, 2021

UPDATE TO VISITING RESTRICTIONS

**Changes effective 11.59pm Thursday 5 August 2021 until further notice, following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer**

Visitor restrictions are in place, we know this will cause disappointment, but it is a necessary step in protecting patients, healthcare workers and the community. Please consider alternatives to visiting, such as phone calls and video chat.

At this time, you may only visit Jessie McPherson Private Hospital for the following reasons:

 

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

  • Visitors are not permitted

 

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.

PREGNANCY ASSESSMENT UNIT (PAU)

  • One support person can be present at any time

LABOUR & BIRTH 

  • One support person can be present at any time

POSTNATAL PATIENTS (AFTER BIRTH):

  • Partner or support person is welcome to remain throughout the postnatal stay
  • Children including siblings are not permitted

ANTENATAL PATIENTS:

  • One support person is welcome to visit between the hours of 8am and 8pm
  • Children including siblings are not permitted

SPECIAL CARE NURSERY:

  • Parents are permitted to visit at any time between 7am and 8pm
  • All parents with babies in the Special Care Nursery will be provided with a carer’s certificate that allows them to enter the building

 

TERMINAL CARE / LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS / UNSTABLE OR DETERIORATING SITUATIONS

  • Two visitors at a time can provide compassionate support for a patient:
    • at the late stages of a terminal illness
    • where there is a high risk of death in relation to impending treatment or surgery, or
    • where a patient’s condition has been assessed as unstable or deteriorating.
  • Visits are not time-limited. Children, grandchildren, siblings or others under 16 who have a kinship relation to a patient may visit subject to the two visitor limit above.

 

CAREGIVERS

One caregiver or support person is allowed in the following situations – where care cannot be provided via electronic or other non-contact means:

  • If you are providing essential 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
  • If you are the carer of a patient with a disability

Arrangements for caregiver support must be discussed with the Nurse or Midwife in Charge prior to attending.

Exceptional circumstances will be considered by local care teams.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Jessie McPherson Private Hospital Coordinator on 9594 5167 if you still have concerns.

When entering Jessie McPherson Private Hospital (through Monash Medical Centre, Clayton), you must:

  • Check in using the Victorian Government QR Code Service
  • Wear a face mask

You will not be able to enter if you:

  • are unwell.
  • have returned from overseas within the last 14 days.
  • are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
  • have a member of your household awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
  • have had known contact with a COVID-19 positive person or someone in isolation/quarantine within the last 14 days.
  • have worked in or visited a quarantine hotel in the last 14 days.
  • have visited a red zone or Tier 1 exposure site in the past 14 days.
  • have visited an orange zone or Tier 2 exposure site in the past 14 days without having received a negative COVID-19 test result.

 

OBSTETRIC PATIENT CARE

Updated Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Jessie McPherson Private Hospital continues to be a centre of excellence for obstetric patient care.

We would like to reassure the families in our care that we remain one of the safest places in Victoria to have your baby during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

At Jessie McPherson Private Hospital we have very stringent precautions in place across the entire hospital to protect all of our patients and staff. All hospitals across Victoria will be preparing to deal with COVID positive patients. Jessie McPherson Private Hospital has been preparing for 18 months and our processes are well embedded.

We understand there may be heightened concern amongst our families due to the news that Monash Health is caring for COVID positive pregnant women. The Jessie McPherson Maternity Unit is in a secluded part of the hospital separate from the COVID maternity ward, you will be very safe and extremely well looked after by our highly trained staff.

Australian leading specialist in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine Obstetrician A/Prof Ryan Hodges chooses Jessie McPherson for his private patients and provided this comment:

“The Jessie McPherson Maternity Unit is a centre of excellence in private maternity care, due to the highly trained staff and the facilities available. The principles of care remain the same at Jessie whether in a pandemic or not; expertise and excellence is always present and always assured.”

We understand that you may have questions about coming to Jessie McPherson to have your baby, we recommend talking directly to your obstetrician in the first instance. You are also welcome to send any questions you have to enquiries.jmph@monashhealth.org we will collate the questions and ask our panel of maternity experts to provide a response.

We understand that you will have concerns but please be reassured that all possible precautions are in place to ensure the utmost safety of all our patients and staff. Remember your healthcare professionals are here for you, you can speak to your obstetrician, and midwives about any concerns you have. Read more.

 

ELECTIVE SURGERY

Updated Tuesday 15 June, 2021

From Tuesday 15 June 2021, elective surgeries and procedures can resume. The Jessie McPherson Private Hospital team will be in touch with respective surgeons and patients to arrange bookings.

 

SCREENING OF ELECTIVE SURGERY PATIENTS

Updated Wednesday 25 August 2021

In light of the current evolving situation with COVID-19 in Victoria, and in line with the Department of Health (DH) advice, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital will recommence routine preoperative COVID swab testing for all elective procedure patients. This includes elective caesarean sections and interventional procedures and will commence as soon as possible and by Friday 27 August 2021 at the latest.

Elective surgery will proceed as scheduled, with all patients continuing to be screened using the up to date screening criteria, as advised by the Chief Health Officer.

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

 

 

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