Information for patients, home care clients and aged care residents and families

In response to the rapid increase in community transmission across all Australian states and territories in the past weeks, a number of changes to visitation in our homes and  patient admissions to hospitals may occur at short notice. 

The cooperation of our patients, residents, clients and respective family members in helping our staff manage the risk of infection to the people in our care has been excellent and we appreciate your ongoing support.

For the latest updates see further below and please do not visit a Calvary facility if you:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have been to any exposure sites in any state or overseas;
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period;
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating; and/or
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation in this challenging time and for helping us to keep everyone safe.

 

Latest Updates

All residents and families will be very aware of the rapid increase in community transmission across all Australian states and territories. In the past week, Calvary homes have experienced an unprecedented number of exposures and outbreaks of COVID-19 resulting in a number of lockdowns.

We remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of our residents and have made the difficult decision to restrict visiting to all of our homes. We acknowledge that contact with a loved one is of critical importance to a resident’s well-being, and is as important as our continued focus on the safety and health of the residents in our care.

Effective 30 December 2021, visitors will be restricted to one single nominated visitor per resident

For homes that are currently in lockdown conditions where no visitation is allowed, this will take effect when the exposure/outbreak is declared over.

Visitation exceptions may apply for residents at end of life, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a special care and support role is provided. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Effective from 30 December 2021, the following visitation access will apply:

One nominated visitor is permitted per resident.

  • Each family should nominate the visitor and notify the home manager of who this person is.
  • Visits are limited to one per day during the visiting hours currently in place in your home.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to have obtained a booster vaccine if they are eligible for one.

Visitors are required to wear a surgical mask.

  • Calvary can provide one if required. It is important that the mask remain on at all times including in the resident’s room.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted entry.

Resident social outings are not permitted.

  • Medical appointments may be attended as usual

Visitors must not enter the home at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have been to any exposure sites in any state or overseas;
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period;
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating; and/or
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the manager of your home should you have any questions or would like to discuss the individual care needs of your loved one.

For information about Calvary Community Care home care services, and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions and Answers see here.

Visitation Update

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital, and Calvary John James Hospital.

Please note the following directions from the ACT Chief Health Officer are in place from 12 August 2021:

  • Visitors may not enter Calvary Hospitals
    • Exceptions apply for circumstances limited to end of life, birthing or pediatric care. 
      • Special arrangements are in place for patients who are approaching the end of their life.
      • Please call the nurse in charge of the unit/ward.
    • Please use telephone or video calls to keep in touch
  • ACT Health has established a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Calvary Bruce Public Hospital. To book an appointment at this Clinic please call 5124 7700 or visit the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please

Thank you for following the rules and keeping us safe.

Visitation Update

The following information is for Calvary Mater Newcastle, Calvary Health Care Kogarah and Calvary Riverina Hospitals.

 

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital

 

Please visit Calvary Mater Newcastle’s website for the latest updates .

 

Calvary Health Care Kogarah 

Due to the extended lockdown in metropolitan Sydney, no visitors are permitted.

For patients who are at end of life, there are exceptions to visitation restrictions. Calvary is reviewing its current arrangements for the designated person responsible to visit its Palliative Care Unit, and we will be making contact with visitors and patients to ensure that we maintain a compassionate and empathetic understanding to their needs.

Screening questions and temperature checks remain in place for all visitors and staff. A visitor with an elevated temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or greater will not be permitted entry.

Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital regularly

For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit South East Sydney Local Area Health District website.

Please contact the facility if you have any questions.

 

Calvary Riverina Hospital

Only one designated visitor over the age of 12 will be permitted to visit once each day. Visits must be strictly kept to the patient’s room and visitors must adhere to social distancing. All visitors must be double Covid-19 vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will need to be provided.

Masks must be worn at all times whilst in the Hospital. As per NSW Health guidelines, masks must be worn at all times whilst in the Hospital.

Screening questions remain in place for all visitors and staff.

Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital regularly.

For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit NSW Health website.

Please contact the facility if you have any questions.

Update to SA Hospitals patients and visitors guidelines

Calvary Adelaide, North Adelaide and Central Districts Hospitals

Quick Reference Guide (updated 13/01/2022)

Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our patients, staff and specialists. In light of the South Australian borders opening and following extensive consultation with our specialists and key SA Health representatives, we will be implementing the following patient and visitor guidelines.

 

Visitors

The COVID-19 situation in South Australia is rapidly changing. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people on site we have made the difficult decision to cease visitors to our hospitals from 29 December 2021.

We feel that this is a necessary step to protect our patients, doctors and staff and to assist to maintain our workforce.

Special circumstances may apply for visitation of an obstetric, paediatric, or palliative patient, or where a care and support role is provided by a visitor.

 

Patient vaccination status

Our preference is for all patients to be vaccinated, however, our hospitals will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of their vaccination status.

 

Elective surgery admissions

All elective patients (regardless of their vaccination status and reason for admission) will be required to provide evidence of a negative PCR test within the following timeframes prior to admission:

 

Paediatric patients (under the age of 16 years)

  • COVID PCR test within 48 hours of admission
  • Must isolate following test until admission
  • COVID PCR testing is also required for the accompanying parent / carer prior to the child’s admission
  • One vaccinated parent / carer may accompany a paediatric patient. If a parent /carer of a paediatric patient is not vaccinated (and an alternate vaccinated adult cannot be arranged), they may be permitted to accompany the paediatric patient in consultation with the Director of Clinical Services and the admitting doctor, with additional precautions in place. It is important to note that decisions will be made in line with local conditions at the time.

 

Adult patients (16 years and over)

  • COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission
  • Encouraged to reduce community movement following test until admission

 

Maternity patients and partner / support person

  • Replacing weekly PCR testing from 36 weeks, Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is now in place for maternity patients and their birthing partner, with a clinic onsite at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital.

Planned admissions (Induction of labour, caesarean section)
1. RAT on the day before planned admission
2. RAT on day of admission (immediately prior)

Planned admissions for Monday morning will be treated as a spontaneous admission.

Spontaneous admissions
1. RAT on admission to hospital
2. RAT day one post-admission to hospital.

The clinic will run from 0600-1330 each day Monday to Friday.
Patients will be contacted by the pre-admission team via text message, with instructions on how to access the RAT as per above.

 

General patients

  • Inpatient day leave is not permitted at this time. Some exemptions apply, so please direct questions to the Director of Clinical Services at the relevant site.
  • The preadmission clinic will record the vaccination status of patients should we require this in the event of an outbreak to understand exposure risk.
  • It will be mandatory for all patients who have travelled overseas or interstate (including essential workers) to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to or on admission in line with SA Health recommendations. This includes elective admissions, admission through ED, direct admissions and transfers from other healthcare facilities.
  • Where a patient reports any COVID-19 related symptoms during pre-admission screening, they will be directed to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. The patient will be required to provide evidence of a negative test result prior to or on admission.
  • Any patient who presents for admission and does not meet screening requirements will be advised that their admission cannot proceed. We will directly liaise with the admitting specialist to discuss appropriate next steps. All emergency and urgent cases will be assessed to ensure appropriate and timely care is provided to the patient.
  • For Oncology day patients, a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must be performed on the day of your planned treatment, as part of the preadmission process.  You will be contacted prior to your treatment with details about how and where to get the test.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the hospital should you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.

For the latest Department of Health COVID-19 information, visit SA Health

Calvary Lenah Valley and Calvary St John’s Hospitals in Hobart

Due to the increases in community transmission of Covid-19 /Omicron, the following changes are effective 9.00AM 31 December 2021:

Visitors

  • All visitors to our sites are required to have evidence of at least one vaccination.
  • Visitors under 12 are not permitted to enter the hospital site. Exceptions to this may be raised via the Executive Team. (through the Hospital Coordinator at each site).

Patients

  • All Patients to commence wearing surgical masks (unless alone in room)
  • Patients for overnight admission will require a negative PCR prior to admission. Those without a PCR result will require a RAT test and will be risk assessed with Executive/Infection Control.
  • For more details including testing sites and times see here
  • Unvaccinated Maternity Patients – see here

We advise also that the following activities will cease until further notice: 

  • Day leave for patients
  • home visits from staff
  • face to face antenatal classes
  • face to face pre-admissions

Thank you for your understanding and support. Our goal is to keep you safe by maintaining a COVID-19 free environment.

    For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit the Tasmanian Goverment website.

    Please contact the facility if you have any questions.

     

    Calvary St Luke’s and Calvary St Vincent’s Hospitals in Launceston.

    The number of visitors permitted for patients are subject to change based on current public health advice. Please check the current restrictions upon admission. Visits must be strictly kept to the patient’s room and visitors must adhere to social distancing.  (Exceptions available for maternity and palliative patients by speaking to the ward manager)

    Screening questions for all visitors and staff: Upon entry to the hospital you will need to confirm you are well, have not recently been to a hotspot area/venue and are not under a current Public Health Direction. All visitors to the hospital are required to sign in via the Check-In TAS app (staff can assist you if required). You may be required to wear a mask.

    Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital regularly.

    For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit the Tasmanian Goverment website.

    Please contact the facility if you have any questions.

    Visitation Update

    For the latest update visit Calvary Health Care Bethlehem.

    For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit: Victoria Health and Human Services website.

    For more information:

    Visit your state or territory COVID-19 website:

    ACT | NSW | SA | TAS | VIC | NT

    1. Call the Coronavirus Hotline at Health Direct on 1800 020 080
    2. Visit the Australian Department of Health
    3. Visit the World Health Organisation
    4. Visit your State or Territory Department of Health

    ACT Health  |  NSW Health  |  SA Health  |  TAS Health  |  VIC Health |  NT Health