Visiting Restrictions at GV Health

In line with directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared State of Emergency due to COVID-19,

ALL NON-ESSENTIAL VISITS TO GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED.

These restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and your loved ones.

STRICT VISITING HOURS ARE NOW IN PLACE

Please note that vising hours have been changed and are now 2pm to 7pm daily.

Restrictions to Visitors at GV Health

A person must not enter, or remain at a GV Health facility unless they are a:

  • Patient;
  • Staff member/contractor engaged to work at GV Health for essential reasons;
  • Visitor, subject to conditions below;
  • Disability worker for the purpose of providing a service to a patient with a disability.

Prohibition on Entry

A staff member, disability worker or visitor must not enter a GV Health facility if:

  • The person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not yet been given clearance from self-isolation under the Diagnosed Persons and Close Contact Directions (No.3).
  • During the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person arrived in Australia from a place outside Australia.
  • During the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person had known contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The person has had known contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is required to self-quarantine under the Diagnosed Persons and Close Contact Directions (No.3).
  • The person has a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms of an acute respiratory infection.

Restrictions on Visiting

During visiting hours, a patient may have up to 2 care and support visits each day with the following restrictions:

  • The total duration of a patient’s care and support visits each day does not exceed 2 hours.
  • A patient receives care and support visits from no more than 2 people in total each day.
  • No more than 2 visitors may visit a patient at one time.

Exemptions to Prohibition on Entry

There are exemptions to visitor restrictions which allow people who fulfil the following categories to stay longer than 2 hours.

  • Parents/carers with children under 18 years of age who is a patient.
  • A carer or a person with a disability.
  • The partner or support person of a pregnant patient.
  • A person accompanying a patient attending the Emergency Department.
  • Visitors to palliative care patients.
  • A person accompanying a patient to an outpatient appointment.

There are now exemptions in place allowing GV Health to determine circumstances where certain visitors who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be permitted to visit a patient. These include:

  • A visitor in relation to a patient and is the parent or guardian of the patient or has temporary care of the patient.
  • A visitor in relation to a patient and the purpose of the visit is to attend the birth of the patient’s child.
  • A visitor in for the purposes of end-of-life support for a patient of the health service.

Authorisation of Exemptions Related to Visiting

  • An exemption must be authorised during business hours by the Executive Director of Medical Services & Chief Medical Officer or the Executive Director Clinical Operations and after hours by the Executive on Call through the After Hours Manager at Graham Street, Shepparton.
  • An exemption must be authorised by the Victorian Chief Health Officer or the Deputy Chief Health Officer.
  • Additional conditions will apply to visitors who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to visit.

*Note: A pregnant woman may still have 2 visitors attend the birth, provided only one of them requires authorisation.

A person permitted to enter or remain at GV Health under these conditions must comply with any direction in relation to their visit given to them by a GV Health staff member and the Victorian Chief Health Officer or the Deputy Chief Health Officer as required.

Records will be kept for at least 28 days from the day the exemption is given in relation to each person to whom authorisation is given under this exemption that includes the contact details of the person, the date and time at which that person entered and left the health service.

Aged Care Visitors

In addition to the restrictions above which still apply, there are further aged care-related restrictions in the aged care facilities of Grutzner House, Waranga Health and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, Tatura.

These restrict persons under the age of 16 visiting residents other than for purposes of end-of-life support at one of these facilities.

Visitors entering an aged care facility must also have an up-to-date vaccination against influenza if such vaccination is available to them.

As per GV Health’s restrictions, a resident of a care facility can have up to 2 care and support visits each day, provided the total duration of such visits is no longer than 2 hours and the total number of visitors is no more than 2 at any one time.

*Please note that the exemptions outlined in the Exemptions to Prohibition to Entry section do not pertain to aged care facilities.

Temperature Checking

All visitors and staff entering any GV Health building must have their temperature taken before entering. If your temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees or you have symptoms of acute respiratory infection you will not be permitted to enter a GV Health facility.

All persons entering will also be asked screening questions related to recent overseas travel and if they have been in contact with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Further details are available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/state-emergency.

GV Health would like to thank you for your understanding during this time.