Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for Residents, Patients and Visitors

Last updated 24 April 2020

Changes to hospital visiting

Special rules continue to apply for people visiting Stawell Regional Health during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The health of our community, patients, visitors and staff is our biggest priority during the outbreak of COVID-19. We have put in place measures to keep our community safe while supporting the provision of the highest level of care.

What are the rules?

• Each patient is permitted one (1) visit with up to two (2) people per day.
• Visits will be restricted to a one (1) hour duration and will be permitted during the following hours:

o Weekdays: 3pm to 7pm
o Weekends: 10am to 1pm

• You must stay in the patient’s room at all times and limit movement around the building. You can make quick trips to the bathroom.
• Visitors must abide by strict social distancing, remaining 1.5 meters away from each other.
• When your visit is over, please leave the hospital. Do not wander through hallways or spend time in public areas, including lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias and vending areas.

All visitors will be subject to strict screening measures upon entry at front reception and again when entering Simpson Ward. You must not visit if in the last 14 days:

• You just returned to Australia from overseas; or
• You had known contact with someone who has COVID-19; or
• You have been unwell or are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms:

      • a fever of 37.5 degrees, or
      • symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as:
        • breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
        • cough
        • sore throat
        • fatigue or tiredness.

The Hospital Urgent Care Center operating hours have not changed. If the condition is serious, please call 000 for an ambulance.

For any respiratory concerns, click here for more information on our Respiratory Assessment Clinic.

Please Note: Stawell Regional Health along with the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). Advice is being continuously updated so may change quickly or new rules may apply in the future.