Visiting requirements at all GV Health buildings and facilities have been updated as of 8 December 2020.
These restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of GV Health patients, staff and your loved ones.
The current arrangements in place at GV Health are:
- All patients, visitors, staff and workers entering GV Health facilities must pass through the COVID-19 screening and temperature checking process before entering the premises.
- All staff is required to certify through the QR Code process an attestation on arrival to a GV Health facility.
- Visitors need to follow visiting rules set by GV Health. These may vary between hospitals so it is important to take note of them.
- People of any age can visit people in hospital.
- Do not visit someone in hospital if you are feeling unwell. This is to protect vulnerable people who are being treated in the hospital.
- You must wear a face mask while visiting or attending an appointment in a GV Health building or facility.
Prohibition on Entry
- Patients, staff members, workers and visitors are prohibited from entering a GV Health facility and/or building if they:
- Are awaiting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result (unless granted exemption under exceptional circumstances) .
- Are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell.
- Have a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius.
- Arrived in Australia within the last 14 days.
- Have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) and have not yet been given clearance from self-isolation.
- Have had known contact in the past 14 days with a person who was a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Only in exceptional circumstances can a hospital allow a person to visit a hospital if they are a known contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) or a returned overseas traveler in mandatory quarantine, or have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). Exceptions can only be authorised by the GV Health Executive Director Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer, and in some instances, must also be approved by the Chief Health Officer/Deputy Chief Health Officer due to the risks involved. Strict conditions may apply to these visits. GV Health staff will be able to assist in this situation.
Physical Distancing and Density Requirements
GV Health density requirements apply in all facilities and/or buildings and are to be maintained at all times in all areas including single bed, two bed and four bed rooms or in an aged care home. This includes all work spaces/areas in all GV Health buildings and facilities. These requirements are one (1) person per 4m2 and physical distancing requirements of 1.5 metres between people. Staff will be available to guide this process.
Requirement for Visitors and Patients to Wear Face Masks
A person permitted to enter a GV Health facility and/or building must wear a face mask issued by GV Health at the designated entry screening point. A face mask should also be worn outside of a GV Health building or facility in circumstances when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face masks must be worn unless the person has a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask.
Requirement Regarding Sanitising/Cleaning Hands
All persons entering a GV Health facility and/or building must sanitise their hands with sanitiser provided or wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. All people in a GV Health building or facility should regularly sanitise or wash their hands following contact with any surface or object.
Strict Visiting Hours Remain in Place
Please note that visitor times are between the hours of 2:00pm – 8:00pm.
Residential Aged Care Visitors
GV Health’s aged care facilities of Grutzner House, Waranga Health and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility are subject to the same restrictions listed above for all persons seeking to enter. In addition, visitors to GV Health’s aged care facilities are to declare in writing that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or currently required to self-isolate because of COVID-19.
Requirement for Staff and Contractors/Workers Regarding Wearing Face Masks
All staff and contractors/workers inside a GV Health building or facility who are in a patient/client/resident facing and/or public area are required to wear a mask at all times. This includes when moving around or through a public area inside a building and/or facility. Staff and contractors/workers inside a GV Health building or facility who are not in a patient/client/resident facing and/or public area are not required to wear a mask provided that the density requirement of one (1) person per 4m2 and physical distancing requirements of 1.5 metres between people is maintained at all times. All staff and contractors/workers inside a GV Health building or facility must carry a face mask issued by GV Health at all times.
There are no longer specific limits under the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions for visitors to hospitals/care facilities. This means that the number of visits, the length of the visit and the purpose of the visit are limited by the visiting rules set by the hospitals/care facilities. Rules may vary between hospitals to reflect different risks.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.