A further reduction in visiting hours will come into effect at Mildura Base Hospital on Monday, in line with Department of Health and Human Services changes.
The DHHS has moved to reduce visitor hours to one single visiting period per day and at MBH that will be between 11am and 1pm daily.
Director of Nursing, Janet Hicks said the new measures further safety and infection control protocols to continue protecting patients, health care workers and visitors during the COVID-19 situation.
“The State of Emergency remains in place at least until May 11, but we are undoubtedly in a high-risk period at the moment,” Ms Hicks said.
“Yes, the curve is flattening, and we haven’t had any new confirmed cases in Mildura for over a week and that’s great,” she said.
“But we really want to send the message to the community that to ensure we minimise the risk of further outbreaks in the future, that we need to keep practicing restrictive measures.”
A maximum of one nominated visitor per patient admission can visit between the hours of 11am and 1pm and the maximum length of visit will be two hours. Additional visitors may be permitted on compassionate grounds and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Access to Mildura Base Hospital is only via the main entrance.
“In a hospital context, we have seen what can happen elsewhere when COVID-19 does become introduced to a facility, in Tasmania and in New South Wales, and that is what these tighter measures aim to prevent,” Ms Hicks said.
“Every visitor entering is temperature tested and will be assessed against a set of criteria before they can enter. They will only be allowed to enter if they are well, have not had a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or a suspected case, and are aged 16 years or over.”
“We understand that these restrictions may cause anxiety for many people, especially when you want to see a loved one – I would just ask members of our community to remember the restrictions are in place to protect our most vulnerable community members.”