Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 5 January

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

  • No COVID-19 positive inpatients.
  • 29 employees in precautionary quarantine (16 from NSW and 13 from Vic exposures).

In this update we cover: 

  • Engaging properly with screening teams at site entrances
  • The opening of a new drive-through screening clinic in Cheltenham
  • Staying up to date with public exposure sites
  • Changes to daily attestations
  • The reintroduction of face shields during home visits, and for screening teams at site entrances
  • Updated visitor screening questions
  • Border crossing permits

With more exposure locations, the screening process at entrances has become more complex and time-consuming. Please be patient, and take the time to engage with our screening teams at site entrances. They are working hard as part of the Monash Health team to keep you and our patients safe, and they deserve your attention and respect.

Yesterday, in conjunction with Central Bayside Community Health, we opened another drive-through clinic. Located in Cheltenham, the new clinic immediately saw high demand, swabbing 245 people yesterday afternoon. A great achievement.

The list of public exposure sites in Victoria continues to evolve and now includes multiple sites in our catchment. It is important that you regularly check the list of exposure sites and immediately get tested and isolate if you were there during the advised time and date. Please do this before you attend work each day.

As the change in and out of higher levels of precaution will be routine over the coming years, we need to take every opportunity to make the process as smooth as possible. I encourage you to discuss your observations and the lessons you’ve learned so far with your team and with your manager, so we can continue to refine and improve our approach.

Thank you again for the care and commitment you are showing to the community.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

Key Messages

Stay up to date with public exposure sites
The list of public exposure sites is changing rapidly as contact tracing continues. New locations are being added, and some existing locations are being reclassified as further information becomes available. This means that you must regularly check the list of public exposure sites and discuss it at handovers and huddles.

Healthcare workers who become aware during their shift that they have visited a public exposure site should immediately call the COVID enquiries hotline (959 45815).

Check the list of exposure sites before completing your daily attestation
Daily attestations now include questions about the outbreaks in Victoria and New South Wales. As the list of Victorian public exposure sites is updated several times throughout the day, you must check the current list before completing your daily attestation each day.

The current list of public exposure sites is available on the DHHS website. 

Face shields
Face shields are now required, in addition to masks, in our Emergency Departments, during home visits, and for employees working at screening points.

You can view the updated Personal Protective Equipment Compulsory standards on our COVID-19 website.

New drive-through screening clinic in Cheltenham
Yesterday, in conjunction with Central Bayside Community Health, we opened another drive-through screening clinic in Cheltenham.

The new clinic operates Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm, and is located at:

299 Centre Dandenong Road
(opposite DFO Moorabbin)

You can view a list of Monash Health’s screening clinics on the Monash Health website.

You can view a list of screening clinics across Victoria on the DHHS website.

Updated visitor screening questions
Our visitor screening questions have been updated and are available on our COVID-19 website.

Border crossing permits
Entry into Victoria from NSW is now restricted. You can only apply for a permit if you:

  • Are transiting through NSW to Victoria from another state or territory.
  • Are briefly passing through Victoria from another state or territory and are not staying in Victoria.
  • Are a permitted worker – commercial freight worker, essential services worker, or agricultural worker travelling to Victoria for work.

Emergency workers (including healthcare workers and care facility workers) must carry a letter from their employer evidencing the need for that worker to travel across the border, but do not need to obtain a permit in this instance.

If you need to obtain a letter, please contact HR Advice or 03 9594 6140.

More information is available on the DHHS website.

Continue to take advantage of wellbeing resources
Take advantage of the health and wellbeing resources we have available for you, including the Call a Psychologist service and the employee assistance program. Don’t forget the basics of your physical health and remember we have links to resources online for you and your teams, including a helpful guide to stretching at your desk, wherever that desk might be.

Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice
The information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice by referring to the Monash Health Employee Coronavirus website. To make accessing the site quicker, you can create a shortcut on your smartphone by following these instructions.

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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