Day leave for inpatients on Christmas Day 

In certain circumstances and with the approval of the local clinical leadership team, some patients will be able to leave the hospital on Christmas day to spend time with their families and loved ones. No overnight leave will be permitted. As part of our infection prevention protocols, patients returning from day leave to any Monash Health facility will be required to undergo the same screening process undertaken by visitors. This could involve using the new online visitor screening tool, which streamlines our collection of information, allowing people to complete a simple online screening form (similar to Attestations). 

We remind people on day leave to be cautious and to ensure that they adhere to all community requirements, such as limits to the numbers of people in facilities, including homes. We recommend that they wear a mask where possible and are not in contact with people who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. 

Approved by Katrina Nankervis and Rhonda Stuart

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