COVID-19

We have introduced additional precautions at Calvary Mater Newcastle to protect our patients, staff and the community from COVID-19.

Similar measures are in place at all hospitals and health facilities in the Hunter New England Local Health District.

We thank you for your understanding during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Visiting arrangements – Amber Alert – Visitor Restrictions

As we continue to respond to the changing coronavirus pandemic, visiting arrangements at Calvary Mater Newcastle are reviewed regularly to help protect our patients, staff and the community from COVID-19.

Visitors are welcome at Calvary Mater Newcastle. It is important to consider you will enter a high risk area where we are currently caring for patients who are COVID-19 positive.

Current arrangements are outlined below.

Our current visiting hours are:

  • 11am – 1pm

Inpatient:

  • One visitor per patient per day.
  • Total number of visitors in a shared four-bed patient room at any one time is limited to two.
  • No visitors under 12 years of age will be able to visit

Visitors must:

  • Check in via the QR code located at each entry.
  • Meet all COVID-19 screening requirements prior to entry.
  • Undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to entering a ward.
  • Wear a surgical mask correctly on entry at the facility, and for the duration of the visit.
  • Ensure proper hand hygiene is undertaken when entering a ward.
  • Maintain social distancing and avoid all physical contact with patients where possible.

Special arrangements continue to remain in place for visitors of patients who are approaching the end of their life, or are critical or unstable. Visitors who have COVID-19 or are not vaccinated will be assessed and extra precautions may need to be put in place.

Outpatient:

  • to provide direct physical support
  • to provide emotional support
  • if required for decision making

Carers providing emotional support and/or participating in decision making can be dialled into an appointment.

You will be screened on entry

Screening stations are located at each of the public entrances to our hospital:

  • The main hospital/Emergency Department entrance.
  • Platt Street entrance (open Monday-Friday 5:30am-5pm).
  • The rear entry at Hunter New England Health’s Mater Mental Health Centre, which is co-located on our campus.

Patients needing emergency care will be screened as they enter the Emergency Department.

When you are leaving the hospital

When you are ready to leave the hospital, please press the green exit button located near the glass exit doors. Look for these signs.

 

 

COVID-19 testing clinic

Our COVID Testing Clinic is no longer available. To locate another COVID Testing Clinic please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics.

Other changes

The Delimarche café in the main hospital corridor is currently closed.

Coffee and a limited takeaway menu, including hot food items, are available from Amigos café further along the corridor. The coffee cart on level 3 is also open.

Some seating is available along the main public corridor and on the terrace, but please be mindful of social distancing.

The Mary Potter Chapel remains open and all are welcome.


Further information about COVID-19

NSW Health

Australian Government Department of Health