Update 1 April 2020
Introduction of Screening and Temperature Checks from 12.00am (midnight) 2 April 2020
In order to effectively manage the risk of infection and protect the health of staff, our patients, residents and their family members, Calvary is introducing routine screening and temperature checks of all people at all sites upon entry from 12.00am (midnight) 2 April 2020.
All Staff, Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs), Contractors and Visitors will be vetted with a series of screening questions and will be required to have their temperature checked, daily, on entry, to the building or facility.
An elevated temperature is one of the symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and as a precautionary measure, any person with a temperature recorded at 37.5 degrees celcius or greater will be requested to leave the facility.
The affected person will be encouraged to monitor their health over the next few days, and will be permitted to enter only when their temperature has returned to within normal levels.
These measures, and others, are being enacted during the pandemic period for the safety of our staff, residents, patients and clients.
Update 27 March 2020
Residential Aged Care Facilities and Private Hospitals stopping all general visitation from 12.00am (midnight) 27 March 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in Australia is rapidly changing. In order to effectively manage the risk of infection and protect the health of residents, patients, their friends and family members and staff, Calvary will be stopping all general visitation in our residential aged care facilities and private hospitals from 12.00am (midnight) 27 March 2020.
Calvary does not take this decision lightly. With the Department of Health and state and territory authorities reporting growing instances of community transmission of COVID-19, we must introduce this measure to ensure the safest possible environment for the vulnerable people in our care.
Special exceptions may apply for visitation of a obstetrics, paediatric, or palliative patient or resident. Please call the ward manager for private hospitals, or the facility manager for residential aged care, to discuss arrangements.
For the latest Department of Health COVID-19 information, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Please contact the hospital or residential aged care facility should you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding in this difficult time.
Update 26 March 2020
Cancellation of Non-Urgent Elective Surgery in Private Hospitals
On Wednesday 25 March 2020 the Australian Government released the statement “National Cabinet has agreed to extend the deadline for the suspension of semi urgent Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries in private hospitals to 11.59pm on 1 April 2020”.
Procedures booked between Friday 27 March through to 1 April will proceed as currently planned, unless your Doctor has had a change of circumstances and can no longer undertake the procedure.
Calvary has asked that the Doctors’ rooms make contact with people affected, to inform them of the changes as they relate to them.
We thank you again for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time and understand your concerns.
About Novel Coranavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, where it has caused a large and ongoing outbreak. It has since spread more widely in China. Cases have since been identified in several other countries. The COVID-19 virus is closely related to a bat coronavirus.
There is much more to learn about how COVID-19 is spread, its severity, and other features associated with the virus; epidemiological and clinical investigations are ongoing.
How is the virus spread?
Human coronaviruses are spread from someone with confirmed coronavirus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.
For more information:
- Call the Coronavirus Hotline at Health Direct on 1800 020 080
- Visit the Australian Department of Health
- Visit the World Health Organisation
- Visit your State Department of Health