Coronavirus: The Latest Advice and Information

UPDATED: 24/07/20 @ 01500

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT VISITING


ONE VISITOR, PER PATIENT, PER DAY

Per direction from the Dept. of Health and Human Services on 27 July, visiting is now further restricted at BRHS and Maddocks Gardens to 1 visitor, per patient per day, for a maximum of 1 hour.

Visiting will only be permitted when essential, and where care and support cannot be delivered via electronic or other non-contact means.

Exceptions will be made for people visiting for end of life purposes, for patients under the age of 18, or when a partner or support person is visiting the maternity ward.

If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital or at Maddocks Gardens, give them a ring. Or talk to them face to face via Skype, Facetime, Zoom or anyone of the many free video call apps.

All patients at BRHS and residents at Maddocks Gardens have access to an iPad for this very purpose.


VISITORS MAY BE ASKED TO WEAR A MASK

Per direction from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services on July 9, anyone entering a public hospital in Victoria may be asked to wear a mask to combat the transmission of COVID-19.

Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission.

At BRHS, the health of our community, patients, visitors and staff is our biggest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may ask you to wear a mask depending on where you are visiting and the ability to maintain physical distancing.

This includes anyone visiting the main hospital, Maddocks Gardens aged care facility, and our Ross Street and CBD campuses.

We thank you for the important role you are playing in fighting COVID-19 by doing the right thing when you visit the hospital.

If you need to visit the hospital, here’s the key points to remember:

  • If you have your own cloth mask, please bring it. That will help us conserve supplies of single use masks.
  • Visitors over 18 will be provided with a single use mask when they enter the hospital, if they do not have their own cloth mask.
  • For those who cannot wear a mask, a face shield will be provided.
  • If requested, visitors must wear the mask or shield throughout the visit until they exit the hospital.
  • Visitors under 18 will not be required to wear a mask. However, parents and guardians should think carefully about bringing a child to the hospital as a visitor during this time, as it is unlikely a child would be considered an essential visitor, per existing rules about visiting. Exceptions can be made for children visiting palliative patients.
  • Single use masks must be discarded upon leaving the hospital.

The hardworking and friendly BRHS staff manning the screening station at the hospital did not create this new rule, but they do have the important responsibility of enforcing it.

So please work with them.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.

For more information about wearing face masks visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19


NEED TO BE TESTED?

A clinic has been opened in Bairnsdale to assess, test and diagnose respiratory cases, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.

As a result, BRHS is closing down its drive-through testing on weekdays.

Bairnsdale Medical Group (BMG) will operate the new respiratory clinic at a purpose-built facility located at 20 Forge Creek Road, past the Bairnsdale RSL.

The BMG respiratory assessment clinic will provide assessment, including testing for COVID-19, and care of patients presenting with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

Entry to the new clinic will be from the corner of Forge Creek Road and Payne Street.

It will be operate Monday to Friday, initially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with scope for increased hours as determined by demand.

Those seeking to be tested must have mild symptoms and must register for an appointment at this web page or by phoning (03) 4116 2014.

As always, if you are urgently unwell you should present to your nearest hospital Emergency Dept.


IS BRHS STILL DOING TESTING?

We are currently only testing those people with a letter from DHHS or a surgeon directing them to be tested. Those people must bring the letter with them to BRHS.

Drive to the main car park in front of the hospital and follow the signposted instructions.

Anyone with symptoms must contact the BMG respiratory clinic in Bairnsdale to arrange testing.

Those needing to be tested must first register for an appointment at this web page or by phoning (03) 4116 2014.

We urge anyone with mild or moderate symptoms to make an appointment at the BMG respiratory clinic.

However, if someone is feeling urgently unwell on a weekend they can come to BRHS for testing and treatment.

They must call ahead first.

The number to call is 0417 021 250.


VISITING HOURS

WEEKDAYS: 2 – 6 P.M.
WEEKENDS: 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Your best source of accurate and up-to-date information about Coronavirus in Victoria is the Dept. of Health and Human Services Coronavirus webpage: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

We’ll relay you pertinent information from DHHS as it becomes available.


IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM BRHS

  • All visitors over 18 must wear a mask.
  • Max. 1 visitor per patient per day, for 1 hour.
  • Essential visitors only.
  • COVID-19 testing now being done at new BMG respiratory clinic.
  • Almost all non-staff must use hospital main entrance.

PARKING

Only people accessing these services may park behind the hospital and access other buildings directly:

  • Confirmed treatment appointments at Oncology, Dialysis or Consulting rooms
  • Surgery
  • Confirmed appointments with Home-Based Nursing, such as the Wound Clinic
  • Environmental Services, Kitchen deliveries or Meals on Wheels
  • Funeral services

PATHOLOGY SERVICES

To allow adequate time for staff to perform necessary cleaning, Dorevitch Pathology Services at BRHS will close at 3 p.m. on weekdays, with the last patient being accepted at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Call Dorevitch Pathology Services on (03) 5150 3475 to check opening hours and for all questions.