COVID-19 update: 16 July 2021
Today the Victorian Government has updated its guidelines on hospital visitors:
- Visitors are not permitted into any of our hospitals during this lockdown, unless for exceptional circumstances. This is in line with the restrictions and guidelines issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer
Exceptions apply for:
- those visiting critical, palliative patients or supporting a birth partner. In these cases, two visitors are permitted at a time. They do not have to be from the same household and there are no time limits
- in our maternity units:
- two support people are allowed in our birth suites, including partners. Support people cannot be swapped.
- one partner/support person is allowed in the postnatal ward for the duration of the patient's stay.
- in exceptional circumstances siblings are allowed if they are unable to be cared for elsewhere.
- two parents are permitted to stay in the special care nursery.
- providing support necessary for a patient's emotional or physical wellbeing
- if they are the parent or carer of a paediatric patient
- a nominated person under the Mental Health Act, interpreter or carer of a patient with a disability
- if necessary, visitors are also permitted to accompany a patient attending Emergency or outpatient clinic
- those in a group visiting in exceptional circumstances may exceed the 'two visitors at a time' rule if they are dependants of a visitor (or hospital patient) who are unable to be cared for elsewhere.
Non-essential visits should not take place during this lockdown period.
We encourage loved ones of our patients to keep in contact with them via phone and via skype to provide support.
Outpatients and day programs
Services are continuing as normal and in accordance with COVID safe protocols and policies.
Before visiting our hospitals, please regularly check the exposure sites listed. If you have visited an exposure site in the times mentioned, it is essential to get tested and follow quarantine advice.
Even if you have not been to an exposure site, it is essential to get tested immediately if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills or sweats or change in sense of smell or taste.
Daily Attestations and QR Codes
In accordance with Victorian Government regulations, we introduced new QR processes for visitors from Friday, 25 June 2021.
All visitors are now required to scan the Vic Gov QR code with a mobile device to complete attestation. If you are unable to register with a mobile device, please ensure you complete a manual check in. Our staff at any of our entry points will assist you.
We continue to do everything possible to minimise potential exposure to COVID-19 in our hospitals and need you and your family’s help for us all to stay safe.
Things may look different in areas of our maternity hospital at the moment, but rest assured that the same excellence in care remains. We will continue to do all we can to support you before, during and after your baby’s birth.
Epworth Freemasons and Epworth Geelong Maternity Units is now welcoming a limited number of visitors, each day, into their postnatal rooms. For the latest restrictions, please click on the relevant link:
- COVID-19 Maternity FAQs for Epworth Freemasons (PDF, 212KB, 20 July 2021)
- COVID-19 Maternity FAQs for Epworth Geelong (PDF, 205KB, 20 July 2021)
Don’t hesitate to call our maternity liaison on 9418 8300 (Freemasons) or 5271 8322 (Geelong) for queries about your stay and for medical concerns please speak with your doctor or call our birth suite.
We continue to monitor changes, so please keep an eye out for the latest information on our website and social media.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Epworth!