COVID-19 update: Friday, 26 February 2021

As we now transition to COVID-normal, we’re able to extend visiting hours at our hospitals from Saturday, 27 February 2021. While we do need to follow physical distancing rules in patient rooms and other confined spaces, we welcome you to visit your loved ones between these hours:

Site Visiting hours: effective Saturday, 27 February 2021 
 Epworth Eastern
  • 10am- 8pm
 Epworth Freemasons
  • 10am-7pm
  • Maternity: 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm
 Epworth Geelong
  • 10am-8pm
  • Maternity: 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm
 Epworth Rehabilitation and Mental Health
  • 3pm–7pm
  • Weekends and public holidays: 10am-7pm
 Epworth Richmond
  • 10am-7pm

Anyone with symptoms (eg sore throat, cough, fever), close contacts of COVID-19 cases and returned internal travellers are excluded from visiting.

COVID-safe practices still apply: please wear an Epworth-supplied mask inside our hospitals and practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.


Changes to patient COVID-19 testing.

We no longer require patients to have a COVID-19 test.

We will continue to screen all patients for COVID-19 signs and symptoms.

If a patient screens positive prior to their admission or during their stay, they will be required to have a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until the result is known.

Screening

To ensure the safety of patients, doctors and staff, screening processes for patients will continue, including pre-admission screening, and again, on presentation to hospital.

Please see our screening requirements so you can inform your patients of the screening questions.

Visitors

Please note visitor restrictions apply.

We recognise the importance of keeping patients and loved ones in contact and encourage other ways like phone, FaceTime and Skype.