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South Gippsland Hospital IMPORTANT NOTICE – ACCESS UPDATE

 Please note that new access restrictions came into effect yesterday across the state, as directed by the Chief Health Officer.

Patients can only have one visitor per day, for no more than one hour. All visitors will have to wear a face mask at all times, following temperature checks/screening process (we have had this in place for quite some time).

Only the partner/support person of our maternity care patients are permitted to visit. Prior to giving birth, there are no time limits on how long a partner/support person can stay. Following birth, visits are limited to one per day for a maximum of two hours.

Full details: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/visiting-hospitals-covid-19#current-restrictions

Exceptions to these requirements can only be authorised by the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Marion Bowron.

We have had a few instances in recent days of people congregating outside patient room windows or outside other hospital areas in groups. Additionally, we have had many people trying to enter the hospital outside of our visting hours. Please avoid coming to the hospital unless absolutely necessary, and respect these requirements. We will do all we can to make sure your loved one feels connected to their family/friends despite the visiting restricitons.

Our priority is the safety of our patients receiving care, such as elderly people, those with chronic medical conditions or those with low immunity from the spread of COVID-19. Patients receiving inpatient care are especially vulnerable to the transmission of COVID-19, and may be critically at-risk if exposed.

We ask for your understanding please and thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support.

Visiting Hours remain unchanged:
Monday to Friday 930am to 1130 am, and 5pm to 7pm.
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1pm

Sincerely,
Paul Greenhalgh, CEO

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