No visitors, effective Friday, 17 July 2020

To keep everyone safe, we are not accepting visitors to our Melbourne sites.

There are some exceptions, which include essential caregivers or for special circumstances (one person only) to support patients in:

  • palliative care
  • maternity
  • paediatric wards (children)
  • emergency departments.

COVID-19 positive patients, or those awaiting test results, are not allowed visitors.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not fully recovered and discharged from isolation, do not enter.

Do not enter if you have: fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing or any other signs of respiratory infection.

Anyone who enters an Epworth site will be required to have their temperature checked and wear a mask.

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

Visitor restrictions for Epworth Geelong remain unchanged: Visitor restrictions for Epworth Geelong.

Wearing masks

  • Anyone entering our sites (excluding staff and doctors) are asked to wear a mask upon arrival.
  • Patients who are already in our hospitals will wear masks based on clinical circumstances.

Maternity patient visitors

For your safety and that of your baby, we are unable to allow visitors into our maternity unit, with the exception of a patient’s partner or support person.

Read more information for maternity patients

You require COVID-19 swabbing prior to your admission, as does your partner or support person. Once you’ve had your swab, you’ll need to self-isolate until you are admitted to hospital.

Only your partner or support person may enter our maternity patients, which unfortunately means siblings are not allowed in. We encourage you to use video calls to keep in touch and introduce your new baby to loved ones.

Partners or support people are not permitted if they have a fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing, headache or any other signs of respiratory infection.

All other visitors

  • General access is not permitted.
  • If you have an appointment, please go directly to the location.
  • You will be requested to wear a mask upon arrival
  • ALL contractors and suppliers must sign in before entering hospital.

Hand hygiene stations are placed throughout the hospital. Please clean your hands as you enter and leave.

You will not be permitted to enter our hospitals or sites:

If you have travelled in the past 14 days.

If you are experiencing:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • breathing difficulties or wheezing
  • headache and/or
  • any other signs of respiratory infection.

If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

For more information about COVID-19 and testing, see the: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.