What’s new?

Changes to Maldon Hospital Urgent Care Response

Maldon Hospital is changing the way it is delivering urgent care to its community. From this Friday, 17 September, the hospital will no longer run an Urgent Care Centre.

Castlemaine Health CEO Sue Race said, “The hospital will still be providing urgent care to our community, but there will be some differences. In any emergency, nothing changes – if you require immediate emergency care dial 000 and an ambulance will be called.

“If you require non-emergency care, call the hospital. We will advise you on whether to come in for assessment and first aid at Maldon Hospital or direct you to another health service such as Castlemaine Health or Bendigo Health.

“The main change is that we will no longer have the capacity to provide advanced life support at Maldon Hospital.”

Attendance at the Urgent Care Centre has been declining in recent years with around five people visiting the centre each month, and many Maldon residents already opting to attend Castlemaine Hospital or other health services for injuries or illness that need attention.

Board Chair of Maldon Hospital, Vanessa Healy said, “Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have a close relationship, sharing a CEO and many staff, and with Castlemaine Hospital just 15 minutes away it makes sense that we should be sharing our resources.”

She added, “With a changing demographic, we need to ensure the way we operate best reflects the way our community uses the hospital and allows Maldon Hospital to support our aged care residents, our people and manage clinical risk.

Read the FAQs to find out more.

New Transitional Care Program

Maldon Hospital is pleased to offer the community Transitional Care Program. This program supports local people transitioning from acute hospital or rehabilitation stays, to either home or an aged care facility. We can assist with time limited services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or assistance with hygiene until you meet your goals.

Please contact the District Nurses on 0409 794 182 for more information.

COVID 19 UPDATES


Key points – September 8th 2021

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59pm, Thursday 9th September, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

The five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

All Victorians are still required to wear face masks indoors and outdoors with the exception of your own homes.

Visitors

Unfortunately, there have been no changes to the restriction on Visitors into aged care or hospitals.  The following reasons for authorised visiting are still in place:

Permitted reasons

•    To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing (including mental health supports and support for people living with dementia); Note: this may include a person who is visiting to prevent harm to a person’s mental or emotional health due to social isolation

•    As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act

•    As a nominated person providing support for a resident living with Dementia

•    To provide interpreter or informal language support

•    For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge

•    To provide end of life support

Requirements for visits

•    Two visitors at one time (a group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependents of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependents cannot be arranged).

•    Do not have to be from the same household.

•    No time limits.

•    It is one of the permitted reasons.

•    No more than two visitors per day except where providing end of life support.

Visitors from Melbourne are not allowed entry

We ask all authorised visitors to wear a surgical face mask and face shield or goggles (supplied by hospital)

Prospective residents 

•    Prospective residents not permitted to visit.

Vaccinations

Yesterday, a record 36,716 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 2,680,174.

At 11:59pm yesterday, new Chief Health Officer directions came into place requiring residential aged-care facilities to ensure their workers are vaccinated.

For more information, visit Information for workers required to be vaccinated.

Over the next seven days, there are more than 10,700 first-dose AstraZeneca appointments available.

Bookings can be made via Victoria’s online booking system at Book your vaccine appointment, or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

All Year 11 and 12 students sitting VCE Unit 3&4 exams can book priority appointments for COVID-19 vaccination until Sunday 19 September. Booking information has been provided directly to eligible families.

How COVID 19 vaccines are approved

Who will get the COVID 19 vaccines?

Face masks:

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Where to get tested

If you’re not registered with a local GP clinic or you are experiencing symptoms, the nearest testing facilities are Bendigo Health, Maryborough District Health Service and Castlemaine Community Health

  • Bendigo Health- please look on their web site
  • Castlemaine District Community Health(CHIRP)- please look on their web site

Testing is not undertaken at Maldon Hospital

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.

The front entrance is closed and we ask any visitor to use the buzzer at the After Hours entry, to support screening prior to entry.  All people entering the hospital will be expected to undergo screening and complete an attestation via the QR code reader in the entry.  A green tick must be viewed by staff prior to entering the Hospital  Please note that this is a requirement of the Department of Health.  Staff are able to assist visitors complete their attestation as required.

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 In Charge on that day.

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

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

Volunteers

Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety during the pandemic. Volunteers are invited back once COVID training has occurred. We ask all volunteers to participate in screening. Volunteers are suspended during any lockdown restrictions.

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

For more information please go to DHHS website or click here