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Coronavirus(COVID-19)

Visitors

Maldon Hospital is currently restricting visitor numbers and kindly ask that you limit visitors to two for acute patients. This is to protect our patients and staff. We ask for Aged Care residents that unless extremely necessary visits cease or are very limited. Please speak with reception regarding alternate communication methods we could assist with.

The Government has announced, across Australia, visits to aged care residents will only be allowed for a short duration and by a maximum of two people per day per resident, except for palliative care. This recognises that elderly people are particularly vulnerable to this virus

The front entrance is closed and we ask any visitor to use the buzzer at the After Hours entry, to support monitoring.We also remind the community that any visitors should not be entering Maldon Hospital if they are unwell.

We know this restriction can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different. For exceptional circumstances we encourage families to speak to the Nurse Manager.

We thank you for your efforts in keeping residents, patients and staff safe.

Volunteers

Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety and we support their suspension of work during the pandemic

Testing

There is limited testing kits in Victoria with Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS) indicating only people who meet the set criteria will be swabbed together with those working in health. If the patient satisfies both clinical and epidemiological criteria, they are classified as a suspected case and will be swabbed:

Clinical criteria: Fever

OR

Acute respiratory infection (for example, shortness of breath or cough) with or without fever

AND

Epidemiological criteria:

International travel in the 14 days before the onset of illness

OR

Close contact in the 14 days before illness onset with a confirmed case of COVID-19

  • If you have symptoms and suspect COVID19 please phone the Hospital prior to attending
  • If you suspect you have COVID19 self isolate immediately and follow DHHS guidelines

Symptoms

Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness.

Prevention

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
  • Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
  • Wearing a face mask is not necessary if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol

For more information please go to DHHS website or click here