COVID-19 information & updates

June 3, 2021
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.

Victorian Department of Health has provided new directions for regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 3rd June.

The requirements for regional Health Services are:

  • Patient visitors are only permitted at hospitals for specific reasons.
  • Where permitted, patient visitors are restricted to 2 people at one time, with a maximum of 2 visitors per day, unless for end of life care.
  • Patients receiving end of life care are limited to 2 visitors at one time but there is no daily maximum.
  • Screening – online screening register of all staff, doctors, patients and visitors who enter the Health Service.
  • Screening – Visitors and health care workers who have been in hotel quarantine in the last 7 days must provide confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test 7 days after leaving hotel quarantine.

 

Specific criteria applies around the permitted purpose of visitors. For more information on permitted visitors, click here. If you have any questions about visiting a patient, please contact the Nurse in Charge on 0418 589 131.

Public Exposure Sites

For information on current public exposure sites, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

COVID-19 Testing

If you require COVID-19 testing, our staff are here to help you. Testing is in high demand and we are doing our best to accommodate people as soon as possible. To arrange a test, please call the Nurse in Charge on 0418 589 131. Tests are undertaken 7 days per week, this includes weekends and public holidays so if you are feeling unwell, don’t leave it until Monday. Alexandra District Health has a process in place for the collection of specimens on the weekend so when you have a COVID-19 test it will be taken to the lab for analysis, even over the weekend.

Visitors

Patient visitors are only permitted at hospitals for specific reasons. Permitted visitors are restricted to 2 people at one time, with a maximum of 2 visitors per day, unless for end of life care. Screening is required prior to entering the Health Service to identify any COVID-19 risk factors. Face masks are required to be worn at all times while visiting the Health Service. Entry requirements are in line with Department of Health Victoria directives. Specific criteria applies around the permitted purpose of visitors. If you have any questions about visiting a patient, please contact the Nurse in Charge on 0418 589 131.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Alexandra District Health is working with Kilmore District Health and bookings are now open for vaccination clinics in Alexandra. For information on how to book click here.

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 visit https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19

General COVID-19 information

Our team is here to help. If you have any questions about COVID-19 or need to arrange a test, please call the Nurse in Charge on 0418 589 131. COVID-19 testing is available 7 days per week.

In line with the Victorian Department of Health directives, all staff and visitors are screened prior to entry and a record of the visit is retained to be used for the purposes of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.

Upon arrival at Alexandra District Health you will be required to complete a series of screening questions. An online screening tool is available at the entrance. This can be accessed online using a QR code or manually typing in the website address. If you do not have a phone with internet capabilities, a staff member will complete the online record for you as paper registers are not permitted. 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, and before and after entering a patient’s room.

When the visit is over, visitors should leave the Health Service. Please do not wander through hallways or spend time in public areas, including lobbies, waiting areas. Single-use masks should be discarded upon leaving the hospital.

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

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