Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Your best source for accurate and up-to-date information about Coronavirus is via the Department of Health Coronavirus webpage: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Visitor guidelines at Central Gippsland Health from 23 April, 2022

In response to the state government’s further easing of COVID restrictions in healthcare settings, CGH has the capacity to include an additional opportunity for visitors to Sale Hospital.

Visiting hours will be from 10am – noon and from 2 – 4pm daily.

COVID-19 is still a threat and we continue to promote preventative measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, hand hygiene and COVID vaccination.

There are still restrictions on the number of visitors and visitor check in requirements, like screening and vaccination status. Please read the requirements below before planning your visit.

Visiting Hours

  • Sale Hospital 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
  • Aged Care Facilities – open hours

Visitor Numbers

Sale Hospital

  • Inpatient Wards:

1 visitor at any one time during the visiting session. For example, one person an visit for the whole session OR choose to leave mid-session so that another visitor can visit.

Note that a carer can support the visitor if required, for example an elderly visitor. A carer refers to any person including a family member and a person under 18 years of age who provides support, assistance or personal care to a person with healthcare needs or a mental illness, or a disability resulting from a mental illness.

Visitors under 16 are permitted entry if they are visiting a patient who has a life-threatening medical condition, is receiving palliative care or if they are a child, grandchild or sibling of the patient. They are not counted in the number of visitors if they are visiting a patient having end-of-life treatment or if they are a child, grandchild or sibling of the patient.

  • Women’s and Children’s Unit:

Birthing women or patients in maternity care – 1 partner or support person for an unlimited time.

Children under 18 years – 2 parents/guardians for an unlimited time. 1 parent/guardian can stay overnight.

  • Emergency Department:

1 support person per patient if required.

  • Outpatient services (including Oncology):

1 support person per patient if required.

  • End of Life care:

No limit on the number of visitors per day and no time limit. Maximum of 2 visitors at any time with the patient. Note: Clergy are counted as visitors.

Aged Care Facilities:

  • Up to 5 visitors a day.
  • No more then 4 visitors at any one time.
  • Visitors may attend the facility each day, but no more than once a day.
  • End of life care residents can have a maximum of 5 visitors.

Visitor entry requirements:

  • Visitors over 18 need to produce a negative rapid antigen test on the day of visitation.
  • Visitors over 18 and unvaccinated need to produce a negative rapid antigen test and wear an N95 mask on the day of visitation.
  • Visitors under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian make a declaration that they meet all the criteria for entry.

 Visitor check-in: 

  • Visitors will be required to be screened and have their temperature checked at main entrances.

Vaccination status:

  • All visitors aged 5 years and over need to be fully vaccinated OR provide a negative rapid antigen test on the day of visitation.
  • Unvaccinated visitors over 18 are required to wear an N95 face mask.

Face masks:

  • Visitors are required to wear face masks at all times.
  • A new surgical mask must be worn by visitors if over 18 and fully vaccinated OR if unvaccinated, an N95 face mask must be worn (providing a negative rapid antigen test result is provided on day of visitation.)
  • Visitors’ personal cloth masks are not appropriate.
  • Valid exemptions may apply. Children under 12 years old are exempt from wearing a face mask as are those with a medical exemption.

Visitor movement around facilities:

  • Visitors are required to go straight to the area where the patient/resident is located.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient/resident’s room and limit movement around the building, apart from quick trips to the bathroom or to purchase food.

Social distancing:

  • Visitors shall abide by the maximum number of people in each room to achieve social distancing restrictions. Signs are displayed indicating the number of people allowed in each room.

Hand hygiene:

  • Visitors shall perform hand hygiene on entry and exit to the health service, and as required.

Visiting COVID positive patients:

  • If the patient is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used by visitors. Staff will assist with this.

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