Update on NSW COVID-19 hotspots

With recent outbreaks in Victoria and a concerning number of new cases reported in NSW, particularly South Western Sydney, community transmission is a growing risk.

NSW COVID-19 hotspots, identified by NSW Health, are updated regularly at www.health.nsw.gov.au. Accordingly, Calvary services are continually incorporating new screening criteria for all visitors and staff, consistent with the latest advice of the relevant state and territory health authorities.

Current NSW hotspots (at 9 October 2020) are the Local Government Areas of:

Liverpool LGA and Camden LGA.

For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit:


Update 13 October 2020

Revised Visitation Restrictions – NSW Aged Care Facilities

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in NSW continues to evolve.

In order to effectively manage the risk of infection in Sydney and the Hunter Region and protect the health of residents, their family members and our staff, restrictions on visitation will remain in place at Calvary NSW Residential Aged Care Facilities:

  • Calvary Ryde Retirement Community: Calvary Ryde Retirement Community will allow one (1) visitor per resident per day for a maximum of two (2) hours between the hours of 11am and 6pm. Visitors will be required to wear a face mask.
  • Calvary Newcastle and Hunter Retirement Communities: These facilities will allow two (2) visitors per resident per day between the hours of 11am and 6pm. Visitors will be required to wear a face mask.
  • Consistent with the latest NSW Health advice, visitors from Victoria or NSW COVID-19 hotspots are currently not permitted to visit a Calvary retirement community.

Our primary responsibility remains the protection of residents and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation in Sydney and the Hunter as well as advice from NSW Health, and further ease restrictions when it is safe to do so.

Updated Aged Care Visitation Restrictions


Update 28 July 2020

Revised requirements for visitors – Calvary Riverina Hospital

Based on NSW Health advice, Calvary Riverina Hospital is currently not permitting entry of any visitor who has travelled to or from any location in Victoria in the past 14 days. Visitors from Albury Local Government Area will now be permitted to visit.

From 28 July 2020, any one (1) person per patient per day may visit for no longer than two (2) hours. Visitors and staff will be required to wear an appropriate face mask. Where a visitor does not provide their own mask, the hospital will provide a mask upon entry.

We thank patients and visitors for continuing to follow the directions of staff in this challenging and evolving time of COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions will be eased as soon is it is safe to do so.


Update 13 July 2020

Revised Visitation Restrictions for ACT Hospitals

With recent outbreaks in Victoria and new cases reported in the ACT, community transmission of COVID-19 remains a risk.

From today, 13 July 2020, and consistent with the latest ACT Health advice, Calvary has introduced new restrictions on visitation at our ACT hospitals Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital and Calvary John James Private Hospital to reduce the risk of infection to the vulnerable people in our care.

One (1) visitor per patient will be permitted to visit each day. For admitted babies and children, one (1) parent or carer may be present at all times, and an additional one (1) visitor may visit for up to one (1) hour each day.

We request that child visitors (aged 0-17 years) do not visit at this time. Where a child does visit, each visit must be negotiated with the Ward Manager.

Special exceptions may be applicable in certain circumstances, including for obstetrics, paediatric, or palliative care patients. Please contact the hospital to discuss whether an exceptional visit can be arranged.

Social/physical distancing of 1.5 metres separation will still be required. Please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital.


Update 8 July 2020

Victoria travel restrictions for visitors – NSW and ACT Aged Care Facilities

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Victoria is evolving.

Due to the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission to residents, their visitors and our staff, the following special restriction is now in place for all Calvary NSW and ACT Residential Aged Care Facilities:

  • Visitors from Victoria will not be permitted entry. Consistent with NSW and ACT Health advice, visitors who have travelled to or from any location in Victoria in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to visit a NSW or ACT residential aged care facility.

Our primary responsibility remains the protection of residents and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria as well as advice from NSW and ACT Health and lift this restriction when it is safe to do so.

Updated Aged Care Visitation Restrictions


Update 8 July 2020

Victoria travel restrictions for visitors – ACT Hospitals

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Victoria is evolving.

Consistent with ACT Health advice, Calvary Bruce Public Hospital, Calvary Private Hospital Bruce and Calvary John James Hospital will not permit entry of any visitor who has travelled to or from any location in Victoria within the past 14 days. Accordingly, additional screening measures will be introduced for visitors and staff.

Our primary responsibility remains the protection of patients and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria as well as advice from ACT Health and lift this restriction when it is safe to do so.


2 July 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues.

The storyboards will be particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content relating to COVID-19 and are relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector.

These storyboards deal with the concept of staying safe, and cover the following topics:

  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Keeping your loved ones safe
  • Staying safe in remote and rural communities
  • Working safely in community care

 https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/taxonomy/term/7930

The following storyboards and posters deal with COVID-19 etiquette by focusing on the following topics:

  • Social and physical distancing
  • Self-isolation
  • Sneezing and coughing (posters)

 https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/resources/covid-19-etiquette-storyboards-and-user-guides


Update 1 July 2020

Eased Visitation Restrictions for SA Hospitals

We are pleased to inform you that from 1 July 2020, visitation restrictions will be further eased at South Australian Hospitals Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Calvary Central Districts Hospital. 

Any two (2) visitors will be permitted per patient at any one time for up to two (2) hours. One (1) child visitor may accompany a single adult visitor within the maximum of two (2) permitted visitors. Visits are restricted to the patient’s room and child visitors must remain with their adult carer at all times.

Special exceptions may be applicable in certain circumstances, including for obstetrics, paediatric, or palliative care patients. Please contact the hospital to discuss whether an exceptional visit can be arranged.

Your safety remains our primary responsibility. Screening questions and temperature checks for all visitors and  staff will continue. Social/physical distancing of one person per 2 square metres as well as 1.5 metres separation will still be required. Please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital.


Update 30 June 2020

Eased Visitation Restrictions for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Since 23 April 2020, Calvary has been incrementally lifting restrictions on general visitation in our Residential Aged Care Facilities. This lifting of restrictions is conducted on a facility-by-facility basis, dependant on the status of community transmission rates of COVID-19 in the relevant location.

Some facilities are located in areas where there is a lower risk of community transmission of COVID-19, while in other locations, the risk of infection remains a significant concern. Restrictions are reviewed on a minimum 14-day basis.

Please remember that it is a Government requirement that any person entering a residential aged care facility must provide proof that they have had their seasonal Influenza vaccination.

Our intention remains to lift remaining restrictions on visitation as soon as it is safe to do so.

Updated Aged Care Visitation Restrictions


Update 24 June 2020

Eased Visitation Restrictions for TAS Hospitals

We are pleased to inform you that from 24 June 2020, visitation restrictions will be further eased at Tasmanian Hospitals Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital, Calvary St John’s Hospital, Calvary St Luke’s Hospital and Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital. 

Two (2) nominated visitors per patient will be permitted to visit with only one (1) visitor permitted to be with the patient at any one time. One single child visitor may accompany a single adult visitor. Visits are restricted to the patient’s room and children must remain with their adult carer at all times.

Where a patient shares a room with at least one (1) other patient, we require any visitor to please contact the Nurse Unit Manager before your visit. For our Launceston hospitals, visiting is restricted to between 2pm and 6pm daily.

Special exceptions may be applicable in certain circumstances, including for obstetrics, paediatric, or palliative care patients. Please contact the hospital to discuss whether an exceptional visit can be arranged.

Your safety remains our primary responsibility. Screening questions and temperature checks for all visitors and  staff will continue. Social/physical distancing of one person per 4 square metres as well as 1.5 metres separation will still be required. Please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the hospital.


Update 1 June 2020

Useful Links

The Department of Health has prepared information and advice for Australians who are at a greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

 Older People

 People in aged care facilities

 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remote communities

 People with Chronic Health Conditions

 People with Disability


Update 17 April 2020

Update to visitor restrictions and requirements

Restrictions on general visitation at our Residential Aged Care Facilities and Private Hospitals, announced 27 March 2020 have been received with a high degree of understanding and cooperation.

Effective 1 May 2020, visitors and staff of Residential Aged Care Facilities will be required to have the seasonal Influenza vaccination. This requirement will be ongoing, even when general visitation restrictions are lifted.

We thank visitors, patients, residents and families for continuing to observe these restrictions and requirements, working with us to keep our patients, residents and their loved ones safe from COVID-19 infection

 

Influenza Vaccine Requirement – Residential Aged Care Visitors and Staff

Effective 12.00am (midnight) 1 May 2020

Consistent with the latest advice from the Commonwealth Department of Health, any person entering a Calvary Residential Aged Care Facility will be required to have this year’s Influenza vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required before entry is permitted. 

To arrange your Influenza vaccination, please call your GP or pharmacy.

 

General Visitation  – Hospitals and Residential Aged Care

Effective 12.00am (midnight) 27 March 2020

Private Hospitals and Residential Aged Care

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.

Public Hospitals

ACT – Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

NSW – Calvary Mater Newcastle

VIC – Calvary Health Care Bethlehem


Update 20 May 2020

It’s okay to get home care

The Commonwealth Department of Health has prepared information for people who have an aged care worker (e.g. Support Worker) visiting them at home.

The information sheet includes:

  • information about personal protective equipment (PPE), and when it should worn by your aged care worker
  • how to protect yourself against COVID-19

The information sheet is available in English and a range of other languages.

To find out more about Calvary home care services  visit www.calvarycare.org.au/community-care/


Update 16 April 2020

Information for Community Care Clients

Calvary Community Care is committed to supporting our clients during this unprecedented time as we all face the challenges of managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We want to reassure our clients, their carers and families that Calvary is taking the necessary steps to review the way we operate. These measures ensure that we are adhering to the Commonwealth Department of Health recommendations to minimise the risk of spread of infection.

We have prepared information about how we are keeping you safe.

We are also implementing low contact services to ensure that you get the support that you need, for example, unassisted shopping, social support, and wellness checks.

Community Services Update


Update 6 April 2020

New Residential Aged Care Entry Restrictions for Vendors and Contractors

Calvary has introduced new requirements for all vendors and contractors regarding entry to a residential aged care facility. These measures are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the interest of protecting the health of residents, our staff, and Calvary’s business partners.

Requirements include screening questions, temperature checks, flu vaccination, and the introduction of a limited window of time each day for site access.  We ask that vendors contact us immediately at nationalprocurement@calvarycare.org.au with any concerns.

Please see the additional information from the Department of Health in regards to Specific requirements in relation to flu vaccinations.

We thank our vendors and suppliers for their extraordinary efforts in maintaining services and helping our staff manage the risk of infection to the people in our care.


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.


    About Novel Coronavirus (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:

    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 Department of Health

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