Visitors at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.
VISIT OUR COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON VISITING RESTRICTIONS.
Updated Friday 7 August, 2020
As part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, reduced visiting hours and visitor limits are in place.
In response to the Victorian Government’s reintroduction of stage 4 restrictions, visitors are not permitted, except in special circumstances or if required as a caregiver, as indicated below.
We know this will cause disappointment from patients and our teams, but the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees must remain our top priority.
Alternatives to visiting such as phone calls and video chat are available where possible.
Requirements for special circumstance caregivers and visitors
- Please do not attend if you:
- are unwell
- are awaiting a COVID-19 test result
- have returned from overseas within the last 14 days
- have had known contact with a COVID-19 positive person within the last 14 days
- are under 16 years of age (unless visiting someone at the end of their life).
- You will be screened on entry to the hospital for signs of COVID-19.
- You will be required to wear a surgical mask, which will be provided.
- You may also be required to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment.
- Please maintain 1.5m distance from patients, employees and others during your visit.
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)
- Only 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):
- Only one partner or support person is permitted to visit
- Partner or support person is welcome to remain throughout the postnatal stay, however if they leave prior to discharge they will only be able to visit once per day for two hours, during the visiting hours of 1pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm.
- Partners will be provided with a carers certificate
- Children including siblings are not permitted
SPECIAL CARE NURSERY:
- One parent can visit at any time between 7am-7pm
- All parents with babies in the Special Care Nursery will be provided with a carers certificate that allows them to enter the building outside of the hospital visiting hours of 1pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm
ALL OTHER WARDS (31 North, 31 South, 51 South)
- Visitors are not permitted
INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU)
- Visitors are not permitted
- Patients nearing end-of-life (death is imminent within hours) are allowed two visitors at a time, at any time of the day.
- If visitors are under 16, only the children and grandchildren of the patient may visit, and they must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times.
We know these restrictions will be difficult, but we are asking for your continuing cooperation as we work through these challenging times to safeguard our patients and employees.
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.
- For the latest information and advice on COVID-19, please visit the DHHS website (dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus)
- If you believe you are showing symptoms call the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398
- For information in languages other than English call 131 450
- For updates from Monash Health, including Monash Medical Centre, Clayton visit monashhealth.org/patients-visitors/coronavirus
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