With confirmed cases globally increasing Djerriwarrh Health Services, along with other health services throughout Victoria, has been preparing for potential new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Screening On Entry
DjHS will be performing temperature checks and asking screening questions to all staff, patients, visitors, couriers and contractors entering the building.
All visitors and patients will be required to wear a mask.
This added measure is to further protect our patients and staff and is in line with hospitals across Victoria.
We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation while these new screening measures are in place.
Visitor Information & Restrictions
These restrictions are as follows:
Our visitor restrictions have changed to ensure we keep you all safe with increasing community transmission of COVID-19.
It's very important to note that if you are attending the health service for a pre-planned appointment, need emergency or elective treatment, you can still attend our sites.
The following changes are being implemented following the Chief Health Officer Visitor Restrictions No. 9 click here to view effective 22nd July 2020 – 16th August 2020.
Section 4, a person must not enter or remain at a Hospital in Victoria between 22nd July 23.59hrs and 16th August 2020 unless they are
(a) a patient
(b) a worker in relation to the hospital as defined in clause 5
(c) a visitor as defined in clause 6
Children under 18 can only have one parent or guardian visit at any one time. There are no time restrictions on visits to children.
For Specialist areas of the Hospital the following restrictions apply:
Section 6, 2(f) & (g)
One (1) partner or support person is permitted for women admitted for pregnancy assessment, induction of labour or birthing, with no time restrictions.
On subsequent days – partner or support person for two hours only between 4pm & 8pm, no children
Talk to us about your options for your family at your next Antenatal appointment
Special Care Nursery
Both parents are welcome to attend the nursery
Section 6, 2 (b) No visitors unless you are a designated carer, you may attend for up to 1 hour per day once per day
No children under 18 years can visit
Section 6, 2 (j)
Visiting for the purpose of end of life support for a patient may have a maximum of two persons and there are no limits to the length of that visit.
No children under 18 years can visit
Section 6 2 (h)
One person accompanying the patient for a maximum of one hour
Visitor restrictions are in place.
From 19th July 2020 23.59hrs under Aged Care Direction 7 Click here to view, there are to be no visitors to Grant Lodge unless under an exemption by the Executive Director of Nursing or the Chief Health Officer.
Under the new direction, most visits will be for one hour unless there is an essential need for a longer visit such as:
• where a parent or guardian is visiting a patient under 18 years of age
• where a longer visit is required to deliver essential physical, emotional or social care and support services. For example, to provide assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing or showering; or to provide support for behaviours of concern, such as a person living with dementia.
• a family member is there to provide language support as part of the delivery of care.
• a partner or support person is visiting the maternity ward. These visits will remain at 2 hours.
• For these examples, one visitor at a time will be allowed, but the number of visits per day and the duration of these visits will be as required to provide the essential support and care to that patient.
We know these restrictions can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different.
If you would like more information please visit the DHHS website.
Reducing The Risk Of COVID-19 Infection
- Keep a full arm-span (about 1.5 metres) between yourself and other people where possible
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in the bin and wash your hands/use hand sanitiser.
- If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Continue healthy habits: don’t smoke, exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- Stay at home if you feel sick, and undertake physical distancing as outlined in the section below.
For more information on keeping safe, please stay up to date with the latest government information via the DHHS website.
Are you worried that you might have COVID 19?
We have two options that can help you stay safe (all with short waiting times):
- Drive Through
Aggression will not be tolerated, please show patience.
195-209 Barries Road,
Boom-gate will close 30min prior to the clinic finishing
Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 6pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 9am - 12pm
Fever Clinic Bacchus Marsh has ceased as from Wednesday 24/06/2020.
If you are presenting for COVID-19 swabbing only, please go directly to the Melton Drive-Thru Fever Clinic.
Please note: you will only be swabbed if you meet the current DHHS criteria.
For more information, see our Fever Clinic Information Sheet.
Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
As this is a rapidly changing situation, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest updates, including advice on symptoms and precautions.