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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE

Older Person Hotline – Coronavirus support

This hotline can provide older people, their family and carers with personal support, answer questions and up to date information on the latest guidelines enacted by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government has indicated older people and carers are welcome to call the hotline on

1800 171 866  to speak to trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.

Visitors

Maldon Hospital is currently restricting visitor numbers and kindly ask that you limit visits for acute patients. This is to protect our patients and staff. Please speak with reception regarding alternate communication methods we could assist with to maintain contact.

The Chief Health Officer has issued updated Directions consistent with their powers under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic).

Care Facilities Direction (No. 2)

Provides for restricted access to care facilities

Prohibits entry to a care facility by persons who:

  •   have been diagnosed with CoVID-19, and has not yet been given clearance from isolation; or,   have arrived into Australia from overseas in the previous 14 days; or.
  •   has had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of CoVID-19; or,
  •   has a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection.
  •   has not had an up to date vaccination against influenza, if such a vaccination is available to the person (for residential aged care facilities only)
  •   are aged under 16 years (subject to limited circumstances detailed in the Direction)

Visitors who live in restricted postcodes may be refused entry.

We ask all visitors from Melbourne to wear a face mask(supplied by hospital)

Hospitals have additional restrictions to protect staff, residents and patients.

The front entrance is closed and we ask any visitor to use the buzzer at the After Hours entry, to support monitoring.

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.

Flu vaccination- we normally offer vaccination for all volunteers however due to Covid19 restrictions we ask you attend the Pharmacy or your GP this year

Testing

Testing criteria has been expanded to include all people with consistent clinical symptoms. This will assist in finding cases that are being transmitted in the community.

Clinical criteria:

Fever or chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis

OR

Acute respiratory infection (sore throat, shortness of breath or cough)

In addition testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID19 and are close contact of a confirmed case or returned from international travel in the 14 days

  • 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.
  • Other symptoms include loss of smell or taste, muscle fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

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