COVID-19: Restrictions to visitors at GV Health
Published at: 25 Mar 2020
In line with directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared State of Emergency due to COVID-19, ALL NON-ESSENTIAL VISITS TO GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED.
These restrictions are in place to ensure the utmost safety of our patients, staff and your loved ones.
A person must not enter, or remain at a GV Health facility unless they are a:
• GV Health staff member or a contractor engaged to work at GV Health for an essential reason
• Visitor subject to the following conditions
Restrictions on visiting patients are:
- Those attending for the sole purpose of a care and support visit must not stay any longer than 2 hours, with no more than 2 visitors per patient, per day.
- A patient may only have one (1) care and support visit per day.
There are exemptions to the visitor restrictions which allow people who fulfil the following categories to stay longer than 2 hours which include:
- Parents/carers with children under 18 who are patients.
- A carer of a person with a disability.
- The partner or support person of a pregnant patient.
- A person accompanying a patient attending the Emergency Department.
- Visitors to palliative care patients.
- A person accompanying a patient to an outpatient appointment.
There are further aged care restrictions in GV Health’s facilities of Grutzner House, Waranga Health and Tatura Hospital/Parkvilla Aged Care. These restrict persons under the age of 16 years visiting residents other than for purposes of end of life support for a resident at one of these facilities.
Please use electronic/technology enabled ways to keep in touch. GV Health is facilitating the use of information technology to ensure patients and residents can still connect with family and friends. Phone calls, Face Time, Skype or other electronic means to support and maintain contact with patients and residents at GV Health is encouraged.
Visitor screening and temperature checking are being established at the Main Entrance, other locations at the Graham Street campus and across all GV Health sites.
All persons entering will also be asked screening questions related to recent overseas travel and if they have been in contact with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
All visitors entering GV Health must have their temperature taken before entering to determine if it is above 37.5 degrees and questions will also be asked to see if you have a current respiratory illness.
Should there be positive results to the above screening process, you will not be permitted to enter the respective GV Health site.
Once a person has passed screening at the checkpoint they will receive an identifier to retain with them for the duration of the visit as evidence that they have cleared this process.
Visiting hours have been changed and are now limited to the hours of 2pm to 7pm.
These restrictions are in place to ensure the utmost safety of patients, staff and loved ones.
GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp thanked the community for their understanding during this time.
Further details are available at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/state-emergency