Peninsula Health

***Please note: precautions are no longer in place regarding the Peninsula Health outbreak – This material is here for historical reference only***
Following an identified COVID-19 outbreak at Peninsula Health, employees who worked at a Peninsula Health site between 3-17 August may have been at risk of COVID-19 infection.

Information for employees who have worked at Peninsula Health

Peninsula Health has identified the outbreak and has taken appropriate steps to manage the situation.

Monash Health is taking additional steps, above and beyond those we would usually take in a contact tracing process, to ensure the ongoing safety of our patients and employees.

Note: For Monash Health employees, the Peninsula Health sites this guidance applies to are: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital, The Mornington Centre, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre, and Carinya Residential Aged Care Unit

If you worked at Peninsula Health between 3-17 August you must;

  1. Not attend work.
  2. Advise your manager so that the operational impact of your absence can be considered. (Junior Medical Staff should advise their unit head and roster manager)
  3. Email infectionprevention@monashhealth.org and your line manager to advise the last day that you worked at Peninsula Health, your employee number and your mobile number.
  4. Attend a Monash Health Drive Through Screening Clinic to be tested for COVID-19.
  5. Remain in isolation until you have received a result. During this time you will be paid COVID-19 special leave.

If you worked at Peninsula Health between 3-7 August:

  • You can return to work if the initial swab is negative as this swab will be towards the end of your exposure period.
  • If you develop any symptoms, you should get tested again – as per normal Monash Health guidelines – inform your manager and self-isolate.
  • You may continue to provide remote activities via telehealth/telephone or other appropriate work from home activities.

If you worked at Peninsula Health between 8-17 August:

  • You can return to work if the initial swab is negative.
  • In order to detect any asymptomatic infections, you are required to undertake swabs at 72-hour intervals until day 11, starting from the last day you worked at Peninsula Health (between 3-17 August).
  • You may continue to provide remote activities via telehealth/telephone or other appropriate work from home activities.

Frequently Asked Questions: Employees

Will employees be expected to furlough for 14 days regardless of swab result?

No. If you worked at Peninsula Health between 3-17 August, you are required to undertake an immediate COVID-19 swab. You cannot work at a Monash Health site while the results of your swab are pending. During this time, you will be paid COVID-19 special leave. You can return to work at a Monash Health site if the swab is negative as outlined above.

Which Peninsula Health sites does this apply to?

The Peninsula Health sites this applies to are: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital, The Mornington Centre, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre, and Carinya Residential Aged Care Unit.

Does this include Peninsula Private and other health facilities on the peninsula?

No. This guidance applies to the following Peninsula Health sites only: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital, The Mornington Centre, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre, and Carinya Residential Aged Care Unit.

If I have worked at Peninsula Health between 3-17 August, do I need a swab?

Yes. You are required to undertake an immediate COVID-19 swab.   You cannot work at a Monash Health site while the results of your swab are pending. During this time, you will be paid COVID-19 special leave. You can return to work at a Monash Health site if the swab is negative as outlined above.

Does this apply to me if I worked at Peninsula Health before 3 August?

No. This guidance applies to employees who worked the Peninsula Health sites referenced above between 3-17 August only.

Does this apply to me if I worked at Peninsula Health after 17 August?

No. This guidance applies to employees who worked the Peninsula Health sites referenced above between 3-17 August only.

Does this just include Peninsula Health wards?

This guidance applies to all areas of the Peninsula Health sites referenced above.

I was swabbed last week. Do I need to be swabbed again?

Yes, if you worked at the Peninsula Health sites listed above between 3-17 August, you need to get swabbed again immediately. You cannot attend work while the results of your swab are pending. During this time you will be paid COVID-19 special leave. You can return to work if the swab is negative.

Where do I go to get swabbed?

Attend a Monash Health Drive Through Screening Clinic to be tested for COVID-19. Advise that you work at Monash Health and also worked at Peninsula Health between 3-17 August.

Will I be eligible for leave while waiting for test results?

You will be entitled to paid special leave from the day you are tested until you receive your results, if you are unable to work from home. You can read more about special leave here.

What should I tell my other employer(s) if I’m furloughed from Monash Health?

You should let them know about your employment at Monash Health and Peninsula Health and the steps that these employers have taken in response to this outbreak.

What do I do if I live with a person from Peninsula Health?

You do not need to do anything unless the person you live with develops symptoms and subsequently tests positive. In which case, you need to get tested and self-isolate while waiting for results.

Can I work at Peninsula Health from 18 August onwards?

Yes. Peninsula Health is taking appropriate steps to manage the situation. This advice only applies to those who worked at a Peninsula Health site between 3-17 August.

Should I take any precautions when attending Peninsula Health?

When attending Peninsula Health, you should observe standard precautions and the same PPE practices as you do at Monash Health.

Is it OK for me to go back and work at Peninsula Health?

Yes, it is. We believe that Peninsula Health is taking appropriate steps to manage the situation, and at this time, they need your ongoing support to provide care to their community.

Mandatory precautions for all patients from Peninsula Health

Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August will be managed as if they are a CLOSE CONTACT (droplet and contact precautions) for 14 days since the date they left the Peninsula Health site. This means that droplet and contact precautions must continue for 14 days since the last contact with the service.   This practice will continue until advised otherwise for any admission from Peninsula Health.

For patients being admitted, an initial swab on admission should be performed to gain an understanding if they are currently infected.

An initial negative swab does not affect their placement in precautions – regardless of the initial swab result – the patient is to remain in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days from the date they left the Peninsula Health site.

Ward placement will depend on the site – but, in general, patients coming from or having been treated at Peninsula Health from 3 August can be managed in droplet and contact precautions in the ward of the home unit.

Further swabs should be taken if any respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever develop during their stay.

A swab should be performed at Day 11, and if negative and the patient remains in Monash Health, they can come out of precautions on Day 14.

Discharged patients do not need to remain in isolation – the above only applies during their Monash Health stay.

Patients attending Emergency Department
Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August and are presenting at a Monash Health Emergency Department should be managed in droplet and contact precautions and tested for COVID-19.

Patients having dialysis
Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August, who come into Monash Health for dialysis, should be dialysed in droplet and contact precautions every time they have dialysis and should wear a surgical mask and be tested for COVID-19.

Patients having diagnostic or other procedures
Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August requiring diagnostic imaging or other procedures should be managed in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days from the time they last had contact with Peninsula Health.

Patients having aerosol-generating procedures
Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August and are having aerosol-generating procedures (including ECT and endoscopy) should be managed in Tier 3 precautions for 14 days from the time they last had contact with the service.

Patients returning to their place of residence
Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August and are medically ready to return to their place of residence can do so. There is generally no need for ongoing precautions if they remain COVID-19 negative and without symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions: Patients

How do I know if the patient was admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August?

For Emergency Department presentations, triage teams will ask about attendance at Peninsula Health as part of the initial COVID-19 screening process.

For planned admissions, admitting teams will ask about attendance at Peninsula Health as part of the initial COVID-19 screening process.

How should patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August be managed?

Patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August will be managed as if they are a CLOSE CONTACT for 14 days since the date they left the Peninsula Health site. This means that droplet and contact precautions must continue for 14 days since the last contact with the service.  This practice will continue until advised otherwise for any admission from Peninsula Health.

For patients being admitted, an initial swab on admission should be performed to gain an understanding if they are currently infected.

An initial negative swab does not affect their placement in precautions – regardless of the initial swab result – the patient is to remain in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days from the date they left the Peninsula Health site.

Further swabs should be taken if any respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever develop during their stay.

A swab should be performed at Day 11, and if negative and the patient remains in Monash Health, they can come out of precautions on Day 14.

Does this guidance apply to people who attended the Emergency Department at Peninsula Health or Outpatients?

This guidance applies to all inpatients and people who attended a Peninsula Health Emergency Department.

This guidance does not apply to people who only attended an outpatient appointment.

Our guidance is based on the risk assessment made by the Monash Health Infection Prevention team.

How should specialist consulting patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August be managed?

Specialist consulting patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August should be managed by telehealth if possible. This includes Monash Health outpatient clinics and community appointments.

If they need to visit a Monash Health campus, they should be managed as if they are a CLOSE CONTACT for 14 days since the date they left the Peninsula Health site. This means that droplet and contact precautions must continue for 14 days since the last contact with the service. This practice will continue until advised otherwise for any admission from Peninsula Health.

What is the swabbing regime for patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August?

For patients being admitted, an initial swab on admission should be performed to gain an understanding if they are currently infected.

Regardless of the initial swab result – the patient should remain in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days from the date they left the Peninsula Health site.

Further swabs should be taken if any respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever develop during their stay.

A swab should be performed at Day 11, and if negative and the patient remains in Monash Health, they can come out of precautions on Day 14.

Where should patients who were admitted to Peninsula Health since 3 August be located?

Ward placement will depend on the site – but, in general, patients coming from or having been treated at Peninsula Health since 3 August can be managed in droplet and contact precautions in the ward of the home unit.

Do discharged patients need to remain in isolation?

Discharged patients do not need to remain in isolation – the above only applies during their Monash Health stay.

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