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After careful consideration we wish to inform you all that BDH will return to lockdown for all visitors, from Mid-day (1200) today. This is due as a result of the rapidly changing situation with COVID 19 in communities across Victoria. Unless for exceptional circumstances we will not accept visitors to BDH from this time.
We have discussed this in detail earlier this morning with the senior management team, and we have also contacted neighbouring health services to determine their current situations. We are united across the Loddon Shire that this is the best approach for our communities at this time.
This decision has been made with the health, wellbeing and safety of all patients, residents and staff as the number one priority. We will inform all families via email and phone calls today and will also update our Facebook page accordingly. This decision was not made lightly as we all know the importance of social and family support, but at this time, the risk of potential spread into our community is too great.
Once the current situation settles to a level that it is deemed safe to once again allow visitors into BDH, we will again open our doors for family and friends to visit. However, at this stage it is unclear when this may occur.
What this means…
Any visitor must be pre authorised by either DCS/NUM and only for exceptional circumstances.
That visitor will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and require evidence of influenza vaccination.
Visitor must wear a mask. meet the resident in their room and maintain social distancing.
Only one visitor at a time
Visitor should only stay up to 15 minutes.
These restrictions will be reviewed and updated in line with the region and department directives.
Women’s Health Loddon Mallee believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that these stories are important. Data is being collected all over the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we want to ensure that the unique and diverse stories from the Loddon Mallee are captured. We would like to invite women, men, and gender diverse people across our region to share their experiences, feelings, observations, struggles and successes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are collecting this qualitative data through an online survey, which can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RGTXX95. We would like to invite you to participate in telling your story and would kindly appreciate you sharing this invitation with your networks and community members. The information collected through this process will help to inform future practice and initiatives. The second aim of this project is to provide people with a safe space to share their thoughts. Due to this, there is the opportunity to participate without giving consent to WHLM to use or share the story. If consent is given to WHLM to use the story, all stories will first be de-identified.
If you have any questions about this project, don’t hesitate to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce is a collaboration of peak health professional bodies across Australia whose members are providing clinical care to people with COVID-19. The taskforce is undertaking continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines and clinical flowcharts for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. The guidelines address questions that are specific to managing COVID-19 and cover the full disease course across mild, moderate, severe and critical illness. These are ‘living’ guidelines, updated with new research in near real-time in order to give reliable, up-to-the minute advice to clinicians providing frontline care in this unprecedented global health crisis.
BDH Staff will seek appropriate evidence of immunisation status from individuals seeking to enter the residential aged care facility.
Appropriate evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner; or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
More information can be found in FAQS - RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY INTO AND VISITORS TO AGED CARE FACILITIESRead More
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Who should read this?
This factsheet is for residential aged care facilities, residents and visitors during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Who can access or visit aged care services?
Access to residential aged care facilities has been restricted to essential services only to prevent introduction of coronavirus into the facility and transmission within the facility.
Family and loved ones can still visit aged care services. However, there will be restrictions.
All visitors entering a residential care facility will be required to undertake screening before entering the facility and must comply with infection control measures as directed by the residential aged care facility.
For dates and information about the State of Emergency please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirusRead More
Who should read this? This factsheet is for residential aged care providers, staff and visitors, including health practitioners and volunteers.
We encourage everyone to take every possible step to help stop the spread of flu this winter and protect our health system.
Influenza vaccinations for staff and visitors in aged care services
All people attending a residential aged care service, other than residents, must now have an up to date influenza vaccination (if such a vaccination is available to them) in order to be present on the premises.
Aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that these directions are being followed and a person does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the influenza vaccination requirements. There are penalties that apply for the individual and for businesses that do not comply.
This advice conforms with the Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria’s Care Facilities Directions (No. 2). The Directions are in accordance with the declared a state of emergency throughout the State of Victoria due to the serious risk to public health in Victoria from coronavirus (COVID-19) and are consistent with the decisions made by National Cabinet announced by the Prime Minister on 18 March 2020.Read More
Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus over the next two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the State, to better understand how the virus is spreading in the community and set us up for the potential easing of restrictions.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced the massive expansion of testing, which will help inform decisions about slowly lifting restrictions, ahead of the State of Emergency being reviewed on 11 May.