Visitor restrictions – latest advice

Following the latest advice from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Monash Health is limiting visitor numbers and the times they can visit.

We are restricting visits from families and friends as follows:

Adults Acute and Subacute – 8.00am to 10.00am and 5.00pm to 7.30pm; two visitors per patient at any one time

Maternity – 8.00am to 8.00pm; limited to partner only (grandparents, friends and siblings/children under 16 are not permitted)

Newborn – anytime unless unwell; limited to parents only (grandparents, friends and siblings/children under 16 are not permitted)

Paediatrics – parents can visit anytime unless unwell; all others 8.00am to 10.00am and 5.00pm to 7.30pm; two visitors per patient at any one time (grandparents, friends and siblings/children under 16 are advised to stay away)

ICU – One visitor per day, per patient for a maximum of 10 minutes

Residential Care Recipients – 1.00pm to 5.00pm; one person per day, per care recipient for up to one hour. Children under 16 not permitted.

We understand this may cause disappointment, but these measures are necessary to keep our patients, residents and employees safe.

Of course, exceptional circumstances may occur that require an exemption. Please use the latest information and your clinical judgement of what is best for the patients in your care.

If you believe more restrictive arrangements are needed in your area, please discuss this with your manager who can raise it with the Hospital Incident Command Team.

Visitors should not attend if they:

  • Are unwell, or
  • have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, or
  • have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, or
  • have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

If a visitor is unwell or showing signs of COVID-19 infection, you should politely decline them entry to see patients or residents.

We know these restrictions may be difficult for families and friends, but we are asking for continuing cooperation as we work through these challenging times to safeguard our community and employees.

These restrictions may change if the situation changes.

To keep up-to-date with information on COVID-19, please visit the DHHS website and the Monash health employee COVID-19 website.



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