COVID-19 information & updates

July 21, 2022
Alexandra District Health is committed to keeping our community safe and informed as part of our ongoing COVID-19 response. Information continues to change and we endeavour to keep the community up to date on the latest news and restrictions.

UPDATE TO VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

Keeping our community, patients and staff safe is our priority. With the increase in COVID -19 cases in the community we reinstating some of our visitor restrictions to ensure patient and staff safety effective Wednesday 20 July.

No visitors are permitted to enter the Health Service except for the following conditions:

  • Patients admitted for end of life reasons have no limit on number of visits per day but are limited to two visitors at one time.
  • All other patients are only permitted to receive visitors under the following circumstances:
    • A parent, carer or guardian of a person under the age of 18.
    • To provide essential care or support for the patient’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing.
    • As a nominated person (as defined in the Mental Health Act 2014), including for patients living with dementia.
    • As an interpreter or to provide language support.
    • To learn to support the patient’s care upon discharge.
    • Is immediate family (including kinship) of a patient with life-threatening condition.

In the case of outpatients and radiology etc. visitors or support persons are not permitted unless the patient is under 18 years of age or essential support is required for the patient, as described above.

When visiting ADH please ensure you follow instructions on hand hygiene and mask wearing.

  • Visitors over 18 need to be fully vaccinated or wear an N95 Mask.
  • Visitors under 18 need to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative RAT on the day of visitation.

All Visitors presenting to Urgent Care for assessment will be RAT tested upon entry.

COVID TESTING:

Alexandra District Health

Provide Covid PCR Testing Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 10am.  

Other options outside these hours include:

Mansfield District Hospital

Appointments are required by calling 0428 694 968 and leave a message. You will then be contacted to arrange an appointment time.

Seymour Health

The Seymour Health COVID-19 Testing clinic is open for RAT collection 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday. PCR testing 1:30 – 3:30 Monday to Friday.

Contact: 0436345573

Other options outside these hours include:

Mansfield District Hospital

Appointments are required by calling 0428 694 968 and leave a message. You will then be contacted to arrange an appointment time.

Seymour Health

The Seymour Health COVID-19 Testing clinic is open for RAT collection 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday. PCR testing 1:30 – 3:30 Monday to Friday.

Contact: 0436345573

 

Prior to receiving any COVID 19 test, community members need to complete the Departments Test Tracker 

We encourage community members to complete the Victorian Department of Health’s COVID-19 testing registration form. You can access the form using this link https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill. ‘Test Tracker’ is a digital testing program that uses QR codes and digital forms to link a test participant to a unique D number This unique number is used throughout the entire testing process, from the test site, to the pathology lab and communication of test results. This aims to improve manual processes and data integrity in the COVID 19 response.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are now available from, at our COVID-19 drive-through testing site.
RATs will only be provided to people who:
a) have COVID-19 symptoms and have not yet completed a RAT, or
b) do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and are confirmed as a close contact of a COVID-19 case, and have not yet completed a RAT.
To receive the RATs Please:
a) complete the COVID-19
Testing Registration for at
to receive a unique registration number, and
b) bring your Medicare card to the testing site.
The RATs provided are for people to conduct the test at home. Instructions on how to complete the RATs and register a positive test will be provided. After completing the RAT, you must follow the guidance for isolation, which can be found here:
 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Appointments for vaccinations can be made by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. You can also book your vaccine appointment online using the online booking system.

Vaccinations are also being provided locally at the following locations:

  • Alexandra Community Pharmacy 5772 2153
  • Alexandra Medical Centre 5772 1444
  • Alexandra Family Medical Centre 5772 1699

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important next step in reducing the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks and to help keep us all COVIDsafe. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout click here

Visitors

Upon arrival at Alexandra District Health you will be required to complete a series of screening questions and have your temperature taken. All visitors are issued with a screening sticker noting time of entry and this should be worn whilst in the Health Service. Except where there is a medical exemption, all visitors are required to wear a face mask and hand sanitiser is to be used before entering and upon leaving the Health Service.

General COVID-19 information

Visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website for current information and updates: www.vic.gov.au/CORONAVIRUS

You can also find information on the Coronavirus Victoria website on how to manage symptoms at home, and what to do if your symptoms worsen https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/managing-covid-19-home
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