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Important information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Elective Surgery Update

Based on DHHS recommendations, commencing the 26th of November 2020, pre operative COVID tests will no longer be required for all elective surgery. 

You will be contacted and screened by our Predmission team to check your clinical and epidemiological risk factors. Using this screening, patients who are identified as at risk may be asked to undertake a COVID-19 test, and to self isolate before surgery until the result of the swab is obtained. Our  Pre-admission team will contact you to conduct the screening prior to admission, and it will be conducted again on the day of your admission.

For further information please contact you treating doctor or our Pre-admission staff: (03) 9411 7111


 

Maternity COVID-19 Testing (Swab) Update 

COVID-19 Screening

  • All maternity patients will be screened utilising the Covid-19 screening questions prior to admission
  • If the patient is symptomatic or answers yes to the Covid-19 screening questions (positive screen), a Covid-19 test (swab) will also be required.

SELF ISOLATING

  • We ask that ALL women self-isolate immediately after their COVID-19 Test (Swab).
  • We encourage women to still attend essential doctors’ appointments but take necessary precautions when travelling to and from these appointments (wear a mask, socially distance and perform hand hygiene).
  • We ask that partners and support person also self-isolate during this time.

Information for visitors

We now have NEW VISITOR RESTRICTIONS in place across all St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne Sites (effective 11.59pm, 26 November 2020).

 General Ward Visitor Restrictions:

  • No more than 2 visitors at any one time permitted
  • Visiting hours 3-8pm
  • One carer may attend ward for discharge of a patient

ICU Visitors:

  • No more than 2 visitors at any one time permitted
  • Visiting hours 3-8pm

 Day Oncology and Day Surgery:

  • No visitors due to space constraints (one carer may attend for discharge of a patient)

Outpatient Appointments:

  •  One visitor to support if essential

Maternity:

  • Additional support person in birth suite (with nominated partner)
  • Two visitors at any one time permitted in postnatal ward
  • Siblings under 12months not included in numbers
  • Visiting hours 3-8pm
  • Special Care Nursery – both parents, no time limit.  Siblings may visit during visiting hours.


Additionally, to comply with the Victorian DHHS COVID-19 Guidelines; visitors to the hospital must undergo a temperature check, answer screening questions and provide their contact details to be permitted entry. 

Visitors will not be allowed to enter SVPHM hospitals if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, and have not met the criteria for discharge from isolation
  • Have arrived in Australia from overseas within the past 14 days
  • Have had known contact with someone who has COVID-19 
  • Have a temperature above 37.5 degrees 
  • Have symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or loss of taste)

 

If you enter the hospital, you must practice the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • If you are asked to wear a surgical face mask, after putting it on to cover your nose and mouth, do not touch the front of the mask and remove it using the ear loops or head straps
  • Dispose of the used mask into a waste bin and perform hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol hand rub
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    Social distancing

    It is important to practise social distancing to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

    Important tips include:

  • You should aim to remain 1.5 metres apart at all times. If you are required to move closer than 1.5 metres, ensure that the time does not exceed 15 minutes
  • Do not shake hands
  • Do not share food
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    Information for maternity patients

    To minimise the risk of COVID-19 to our maternity patients and their bubs we ask that partners OR support persons do not attend if they are experiencing at least one of the following symptoms and/or you have been overseas, or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19: ▪️Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or wheezing, breathing difficulties▪️
     
    This decision has been made based on the most recent information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services around COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates and notify our SVPHW community when this precautionary measure changes 

    Maternity tours and education classes

    In response to the changing COVID-19 situation, for the safety of our patients and staff, we have taken the decision to postpone our group maternity tours and classes.

    Our maternity units are in the process of changing the way Childbirth Education classes are offered to our expectant parents during the COVID-19 situation. At this present moment, our Child Birth Education Classes have been made available online through a series of videos. If you are an expectant parent of SVPHW, you will receive an email with information on how to access this material.  

    FAQs

    What is this virus?

    Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The virus first seen in Hubei Province, China is called ‘novel’ because it is new. COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and there has been a significant increase in new cases across many countries in Europe and around the world. It is likely that the virus originally came from an animal, and there is evidence that it can spread from person-to-person.

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms include fever OR an acute respiratory infection and include (but are not limited to) cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath with or without a fever.

    How is the coronavirus spread?

    The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person by:

    • Direct close contact with a person whilst they are infectious;
    • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes; or
    • Touching objects or surfaces (such as doorknobs or tables or face masks) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

    Most infections are transmitted by people when they have symptoms. There is now some evidence that people could be contagious before showing symptoms.

    How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

     

     

    Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
    • Avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
    • cough and sneeze into your elbow
    • If you are asked to wear a surgical face mask, after putting it on to cover your nose and mouth, do not touch the front of the mask and remove it using the ear loops or head straps.
    • Dispose of the used mask into a waste bin and perform hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol hand rub.

     

    Where are the COVID-19 clinics and testing centres located?

    COVID-19 clinics and assessment centres have been established at various sites across Australia. Please click on the relevant link below to view the services available in your state:

    Can I still visit my specialist/doctor even if we are locked down for COVID-19?

    Yes, visiting your doctor is considered an essential indoor gathering under current guidelines. That means you must adhere to social distancing measures by keeping a distance of 1.5m between yourself and other people and good hygiene practices including using hand sanitiser before and after your visit with your doctor.

    What does isolate in your home mean?

    People who are recommended to be isolated should not attend public places, in particular work, school, childcare or university. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home. There is no need to wear masks in the home. Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you. If you must leave the home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.

    How is the virus treated?

    There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care. Some people will require hospitalisation.    

    Where can I get more information?

    Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at www.health.gov.au.

    Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599.

    Discuss any questions you have with the Public Health Agency monitoring you.

    Contact your state or territory public health agency:

    • ACT call 02 5124 9213
    • NSW call 1300 066 055
    • NT call 08 8922 8044
    • QLD call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
    • SA call 1300 232 272
    • TAS call 1800 671 738
    • VIC call 1300 651 160
    • WA visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit