Visitors at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.

VISIT OUR COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON VISITING RESTRICTIONS.

Updated Tuesday 29 September, 2020

As part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, reduced visiting hours and visitor limits are in place.

We know this may 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.

Visiting hours are between 1-3pm and 5-7pm daily, except where specified below.

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).

On entering the hospital:

  • You will be screened on entry 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.

ADULTS (18 years or over)

An adult patient may be visited by one person only. That person may visit for a maximum of two hours per day

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:

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

TERMINAL CARE OF LIFE-THREATENING SITUTIONS

  • 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. (Maximum four groups in a 24-hour period)
  • Visitor’s will be provided with a carers certificate

UNSTABLE OR DETERIORATING SITUATIONS

  • Two visitors can provide support to a patient whose condition has been assessed as unstable or deteriorating between 8am – 8pm or as needed for acute deterioration.
  • Visitor’s will be provided with a carers certificate

PALLIATIVE CARE

  • Two visitors can provide support for Palliative care patients whose condition is stable, between 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 7pm.
  • If under 16 years, only the children and grandchildren of the patient are allowed and must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times.

CAREGIVERS

  • One caregiver is allowed to provide interpreter or informal language support to enable the delivery of care.
  • One caregiver is allowed to provide essential care and support where there are individual behaviours of concern, such as people living with dementia, or people who have a known or emerging mental illness.
  • Caregiver visits are not time-limited
  • Caregivers will be provided with a carers certificate

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.

 

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

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