Visiting the Hospital? You May Be Asked to Wear a Mask

If you visit the hospital you may be asked to wear a face mask by Eloise Lucas or any one of her colleagues at the BRHS Screening Station. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

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.

If you’re visiting the hospital for any reason, you may be asked to wear a mask, depending on where you are visiting and the ability to maintain physical distancing.

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

So please work with them.

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

If you’re planning on visiting 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.

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