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Residents at Rural Northwest Health are thrilled with the recent announcement from the Victorian Chief Health Officer that all visitor restrictions have been lifted for hospitals and aged care facilities.

While COVID Safe practices will still apply, it means that the number, length or purpose of visiting is no longer limited.

Rural Northwest Health will still be utilising a booking system for the time being to ensure density limits are not exceeded. Bookings are required ahead of time and can be made with the administration team. Visiting time slots are available between 10am and 5pm each day.

“Although we are looking forward to welcoming more visitors back into the facility, it’s important to remember to follow the COVID Safe practices for visitors. This will help to ensure the health and safety of our patients and residents,” explained Nurse Unit Manager Meghan Noonan.

The following COVID Safe practices have been implemented at Rural Northwest Health:

  • All visitors to the health service are required to undertake COVID 19 screening prior to every visit
  • All visitors must provide their name, contact details and who they are visiting, time of entry and time of exit on every visit
  • Visitors are required to book ahead
  • Wear a face mask at all times if over 12 years of age
  • Keep 1.5 metres apart at all times, even whilst wearing a mask
  • Limit of two (2) people visiting in a patient bedroom at any one time (due to room capacity limits)
  • Larger group numbers (aligned with current direction) can utilise outdoor spaces
  • Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands upon entry to the hospital, entering & leaving a patient room, after using doors or handrails
  • Limit movement around the health service where possible

You must NOT visit if you have:

  • Arrived / returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • Visited metropolitan Adelaide since November 7
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 or have been swabbed and are awaiting results
  • Been directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine buy an authorised officer
  • Had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results
  • A temperature higher than 37.5 degrees on arrival
  • Respiratory symptoms such as;
    • Breathlessness or breathing difficulties
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue or tiredness

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